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Morocco World News
Lead: Moroccan police arrested a woman for spreading rumors about the outbreak of coronavirus in Morocco. The arrest took place on Monday.
Nut graph: The outbreak of the virus is spreading fear across the world. The disease first broke out in China in December 2019. More than 400 people have died due to the virus in China, with more than 20,000 cases confirmed.
Why this is newsworthy: This article highlights the Moroccan public’s concern over the quickly spreading Coronavirus, as well as the Moroccan government’s liberal use of arrest for false information on its citizens.
AFP / Yahoo News
Lead: Mustapha left his home in Guinea two years ago to make the arduous journey to Morocco, hoping to cross the fence separating the kingdom from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Nut graph: Today, those aiming to reach Europe from Morocco prefer to stay hidden, fearing the waves of arrests that have elicited condemnation from NGOs. In recent months, European pressure to shore up borders — bolstered by funding — has pushed Morocco to clamp down on migration.
Why this is newsworthy: This feature humanizes Sub-Saharan African migrants who migrate to Europe through Morocco, while also outlining European governments’ increasingly restrictive attitudes towards migrants.
The Arab Weekly
Lead: Morocco’s parliament passed measures that extend the country’s legal authority to include maritime space of Western Sahara.
Nut graph: The delimitation of the maritime territory sparked tensions between Morocco and Algeria and between Morocco and Spain, particularly concerning oil exploration in the area.
Why this is newsworthy: The maritime border expansion is the latest move in the conflict between the Kingdom of Morocco and Polisario Front over the Western Saharan. Moroccan recognition of maritime borders is yet another assertion of Moroccan presence in the contested region.