Minister Says He Will Intervene in Case of Moroccan Journalist Banned

Rabat – Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid has allegedly promised to intervene in the case of Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib, who is on hunger strike to protest a travel ban.Mustapha Ramid reportedly told the Solidarity Committee for Maati Monjib during a meeting on Wednesday that he has no authority over the case, which concerns the Interior Ministry.Meanwhile, he promised to amicably intervene in solving the journalist’s situation, reported daily Al-Ayam news website. This promise comes at a time after which Maati Monjib, who runs an institute for investigative journalism and was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, collapsed last Tuesday night while on hunger strike.The Moroccan historian and journalist, who has been on hunger strike since October 6, was hospitalized in Rabat’s Ibn Sina Hospital after his blood pressure dropped sharply.Monjib was notified of the travel ban in late August when he landed in Casablanca on his return from France, over an ongoing investigation into “financial irregularities.”On September 14, 2015, the journalist was interrogated and accused of “tarnishing Morocco’s image abroad, using foreign funds to promote a foreign agenda and destabilizing citizens’ allegiance to their institutions.” His associates have also been questioned.Two days later, he began a hunger strike for the first time, in protest of being barred from leaving Morocco for a conference in Barcelona.On October 6, he went on hunger strike for the second time, condemning the restrictions against his freedom of movement and his academic freedom. read more

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