Lede: “Hundreds of people protested on Monday in front of a Moroccan court as the trial opened of a journalist accused of having a late-term abortion and sexual relations outside marriage.”
Nut Graph: “The case brought against Hajar Raissouni, who writes for the Arabic daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, has triggered a furious debate in the media and online about civil liberties and freedom of the press in the North African country.”
Why is this newsworthy?: This situation is ongoing and speaks to the larger issue of press freedom in Morocco.
Lede: “Rabat – Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi, called on Monday, August 26, in Rabat for a collective mobilization to implement the framework law 51.17 at the start of the academic year 2019-2020. He urged all executives in the domain of education to multiply their efforts in order to develop the educational system.”
Why is this newsworthy?: The Moroccan education minister believes that adopting French in school will help alleviate social inequality. This could be a major change to the public school system and is a divisive political topic as different groups support the use of Arabic, French, and English in schools.
Lede: “Rabat – Prior to competing in international championships, European clubs announce their selection of players on social networks. Ajax Amsterdam tweeted their selection on September 2.”
Nut Graph: “The Dutch club posted on its Twitter account an infographic of the world map with a photo of each player in front of his home country. The map, however, showed a line separating Morocco from Western Sahara.”
Why is this newsworthy?: Although an Ajax tweet might not seem like national news, sports have the ability to intersect with and influence politics. Western Sahara is a disputed territory in southern Morocco and this tweet from an Amsterdam based soccer team, whose start player is Moroccan Hakim Ziyech, spurred controversy on Twitter and beyond.