Activist Gets Suspended Sentence: A Moroccan court has handed a ten‐month suspended sentence to leading protest figure Nawal Ben Aissa. The most prominent female member of the Hirak movement based in Morocco's restive Rif region, Ben Aissa is often considered the successor to Hirak leader Nasser Zefzafi.She was arrested in September 2017 after taking part in a demonstration and temporarily released, reported RifOnline. Ben Aissa was prosecuted for charges including “insulting police officers” and “demonstrating without authorisation,” Al‐Yaoum24 website reported.Since 2016, protesters in the Rif have been protesting marginalisation by the country's central authorities. Hundreds of demonstrators are reported to have been arrested by police in recent months, fuelling further protests demanding their release. (BBC Monitoring 15/2)Journalist Sentenced: A Moroccan court sentenced to jail a journalist for his coverage of the unrest in the Rif, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in February, calling for his release. Abdelkabir al‐Horr was convicted on charges of backing “terrorism, inciting others to hold a banned protest in the northern Rif region and insulting” authorities, RSF said in its statement on February 2nd. It said Horr, founder of the Rassdmaroc news website, was sentenced to four years in jail on February 1st. (© AFP 3/2 2018)
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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