How Morocco has weakened its press, pushing readers to social media for news - News Summed Up

How Morocco has weakened its press, pushing readers to social media for news


“We live in a democracy,” Alvarado says in his tidy office in the capital, where he runs a media-consulting business. But the regime restricts many things it doesn’t want.”Last year, Morocco overhauled its speech and press laws, a move the country heralded as a major step toward a free press. Traditional press readership has dwindled because the news outlets are simply not seen as credible sources of information. “What is happening in Morocco is they are pushing any kind of [critical reporting and discussion] to the social media,” says Aboubakr Jamaï, co-founder of the Moroccan news magazine Le Journal, which closed in 2010. People have to go to Facebook to know what is going on in Morocco.


Source: The North Africa Journal January 02, 2018 17:26 UTC


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