Morocco Bans Publications Reprinting French Cartoons

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Sunday 11 January 2015 – 07:28

Morocco Bans Publications Reprinting French Cartoons

rabat – Morocco banned the distribution of foreign newspapers that have reprinted Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed.

Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communications and Spokesperson of the Government said on Saturday that the government had rejected to offer distribution licenses to some foreign newspapers and magazines that had reprinted the offending cartoons, previously printed by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“This was done in the light of Article no. 29 of the press and publishing law in Morocco,” Khalfi told Anadolu Agency.

In line with article 29 of Morocco’s press and publishing law, the Minister of Communications has the right to ban publications that offend religion, Morocco’s monarchy or unity.

The Moroccan government considered the “re-publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed” as a “provocation that has nothing to do with freedom of expression”, condemning everything that could harm Islam and fuel hatred of Islam.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco expressed his condolences to French President, Francois Hollande, and condemned the terrorist attacks that hit France this week.

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