Posted by: becketfund | August 5, 2007

Morocco: Government Confiscates Publication Deemed “Offensive” to King and Islam

Reporters Without Borders reports that the government of Morocco confiscated issue 113-114 of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane for the publication of an article on “Sex in Islamic culture” which was deemed to contain, among other things, “expressions contrary to morality that offend the feelings of Muslims”. Police in Casablanca took Nichane’s editor, Ahmed Benchemsi, into custody for questioning, later seizing copies of Benchemsi’s other publication, TelQel, for examples of what it deemed “disrespect for the king”. The article in question contained quotes and illustrations about sexuality from Arabic and Muslim poets and ancient painters.


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