First Published: 2009-06-02

Moroccan rights activists slam Libya

Activists blast Libya for filing libel suit against Moroccan newspapers for criticising Gathafi, Tripoli's rights record.


Middle East Online

Freedom of the press is getting hammered again in North Africa

CASABLANCA - Human rights activists Monday slammed Libya for filing a defamation suit against three Moroccan newspapers accused of slandering strongman Moamer Gathafi and bemoaning his iron-fisted rule.

The Libyan embassy pressed charges against Al Massae, Al Jarida Al Oula and Al Ahdat Al Maghribiya newspapers for criticising Gathafi and Tripoli's rights record.

Several gathered outside the court in Casablanca brandishing anti-Gathafi placards.

"Gathafi behaves like a lion in front of Arabs and Africans but is like a rabbit when he faces Westerners," a placard said.

Ali Anouzla, one of three journalists named in the libel suit, said: "I wrote in February in an article that there is no democracy in North Africa, including Libya. I stick to this stand."

The trial was deferred to June 15.


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