News of the Day: November 8th

by N’Kaela Webster

Police at Casablanca Airport Arrest 2 Tunisian Women for Drug Trafficking

by Morocco World News

Lede: Morocco’s security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested two Tunisian women in possession of nearly 12 kilograms of cannabis resin.

Nut Graf: The operation is part of Morocco’s strategy to combat drug trafficking and cross border crimes.

Why is this Newsworthy?: Drug trafficking is becoming a huge problem in all parts of the world. Morocco is one of the largest exporters of drugs to other countries nearby, but this is especially interesting because it is two women who were arrested. It would interesting to know more background of these women and their motive for trafficking drugs.

Ivanka Trump meets with female landowners on Morocco trip

by Associated Press

Lede: Visiting Morocco for the first time, Ivanka Trump received a warm welcome Thursday from housewives, widows and other women who are benefiting from new laws that allow them to own land.

Nut Graf: Working in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corp., a U.S. aid agency, Morocco has updated its land titling laws and earned the three-day visit from the U.S. president’s daughter.

Why is this Newsworthy?: Morocco is making steps towards gender equality. With women being able to own their own land, they are able to make a living and be more independent.

Morocco’s Media: Beacon or Endangered Light?

by U.S. News

Lede: Journalist Omar Radi is straightforward when explaining why he attended a recent rally to protest the detention of fellow journalist Hajar Raissouni: “There’s no neutrality in journalism,” he said after he and dozens of other Moroccans publicly protested the jailing of Raissouni, whom authorities in this conservative North African country arrested on Aug. 31 and charged with having an abortion and having sex outside of marriage.

Nut Graf: But today, instead of prosecuting journalists outright, “the government is using penal code articles and attacking journalists for offenses that are seemingly unrelated to their reporting, but in fact they are being punished for their reporting,” says Ahmed Benchemsi, communications director for the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch.

Why is this Newsworthy?: The government continues to find loopholes in the laws to restrict freedom of speech and expression. On one hand journalists like Hajar Raissount are pardoned by the King but on the other hand other journalists who are not getting as much media attention like Taoufik Bouachrine have their jail sentences lengthened. The essence of the article by Ellie Zimmerman truly captures the difficulty a journalist faces in Morocco.