Nichane (meaning Direct in Moroccan Arabic and Berber:نيشان) (formerly Aljareeda Alokhra) was a Moroccan weekly arabophone and darijophone (in Moroccan Arabic) magazine. It was a sister publication of the French-language Tel Quel magazine and published from September 2006 to October 2010.
Its editor-in-chief was Driss Ksikes.
On December 20, 2006, Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou issued a statement prohibiting thus the diffusion and distribution of Nichane. This prohibition came as a result of the publishing of "provocative jokes" related to religion, and the late King of Morocco, Hassan II.
Driss Ksikes and another journalist, Sanaa al-Aji, were prosecuted for "defaming Islam and damaging morality" and sentenced to fines of 80,000 dirhams each and three-year suspended sentences. Additionally, the magazine was banned for two months. Both journalists defended their article.
In December 2009, police destroyed 100,000 copies of the magazine after it printed an unauthorized opinion poll of Moroccan King Mohammed VI.
- The Prime Minister prohibits the weekly magazine “Nichane”
- "Moroccan court convicts Nichane journalists, shutters publication". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
- Hamilton, Richard (2007-01-08). "Morocco reporters defend article". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 2007-01-14.
- "Magazines Seized Over Royal Opinion Survey". France24. 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Fisher, Max (2010-10-01). "Morocco's Largest Arabic Newsweekly to Fold Under State Pressure". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- (Arabic) http://www.nichane.com
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