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Moroccan journalist’s travel ban must be lifted on humanitarian grounds, RSF says

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Announcing his newest starvation strike in a Facebook publish on 13 October, Monjib stated he was being prevented from travelling to France to see his household and to be handled for cardiac issues triggered by his earlier starvation strikes.

 

The Moroccan prosecutor’s workplace stated in a press release that Monjib’s launch from jail in March was conditioned on two judicial management measures – a ban on leaving the nation and the withdrawal of his passport.

 

Maati Monjib’s travel ban must be lifted for humanitarian reasons,” stated Souhaieb Khayati, the director of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “This journalist must be able to visit his family and receive the treatment he needs to recover his health, which has been weakened by his many hunger strikes in recent years. Preventing him from leaving the country is tantamount to a death sentence.”

 

Monjib stopped consuming for 20 days in March in protest towards the sentence of 1 yr in jail and a superb of 15,000 dirhams (1,400 euros) that he obtained from a courtroom in Rabat on 27 January on trumped-up costs of “fraud” and “undermining internal state security.” He ended the starvation strike when he was granted a provisional launch on 23 March.

 

The Moroccan authorities have been subjecting Monjib to judicial harassment for years. He was unable to attend the January listening to at which the courtroom nonetheless went forward and convicted him. Because that they had not been notified, his attorneys weren’t current both to listen to the courtroom problem its choice.

 

Monjib’s attraction towards his conviction and sentence was resulting from be heard on 30 September however the listening to was postponed till 2 December. Since December 2020, Monjib has additionally been the topic of a separate judicial investigation on suspicion of money-laundering.

 

Morocco is ranked 136th out of 180 international locations in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.