Morocco: Rapper facing possible prison sentence for insulting police
By Amnesty International
Lede: The arrest and prosecution of Moroccan rapper Mohamed Mounir – widely known as Gnawi – is a flagrant assault on the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International ahead of the musician’s first trial session on 14 November.
Nut Graf: “The arrest of Moroccan rapper Gnawi is an outrageous assault on free speech. He is blatantly being punished for expressing his critical views of the police and the authorities. He must be released immediately and all charges in this absurd case against him dropped,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.
Why is this Newsworthy?: Freedom of speech is always a significant topic, but it is incredibly relevant in Morocco, especially recently with cases like the arrest of Hajar Raissouni attracting international attention.
UFC fighters involved in sportswashing Morocco’s occupation of the Western Sahara
Lede: On Wednesday, November 6, legendary athletes from around the world convened at the Sheikh Mohamed Laghdaf Stadium in Laayoune, Western Sahara for a football gala match celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Green March in Morocco.
Nut Graf: While the event is viewed as a celebration of Morocco’s successful protest against Spanish imperialism, it is also an opportunity for the kingdom to distract from its ongoing occupation of the Western Sahara and the human rights abuses committed against the local Sahrawi population.
Why is this Newsworthy?: Sportwashing is relevant as sports become increasingly politically charged, and this is particularly relevant in Morocco where sports like football are so valued and are a source of community. The Western Sahara is always a taboo topic that is present behind the scenes in Moroccan news and politics.
Morocco Mall: Coming Soon to Rabat, Marrakech
Lede: Rabat – The Aksal Group is set to unveil its plans for Morocco Mall Marrakech and Morocco Mall Rabat at the International Trade Fair for Commercial Real Estate (MAPIC). MAPIC will occur from November 13 to 15 in Cannes, France.
Nut Graf: Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, CEO of the Moroccan Aksal group, aims to democratize consumer experiences while supporting economic and social progress in Morocco.
Why is this Newsworthy?: Urban development is an important topic in Morocco. The Moroccan government has previously been criticized for “vanity projects,” investing in buildings that make the country seem wealthy while not addressing poverty and growing illiteracy. This mall could be seen as another “vanity project”