TelQuel (French: as it is) (slogan:Morocco as it is), is a French-language Moroccan weekly magazine. It is privately owned, and is known for its resolute opposition to Islamist ideology in Morocco. The current editor is Karim Boukhari. The magazine's former deputy editor, Boukhari took over in 2011 after TelQuel's founder and former publisher and editor Ahmed Benchemsi resigned and quit Morocco under political duress.
TelQuel has been repeatedly subjected to harassment and pressures from the Moroccan government, according to press freedom watchdogs such as Reporters without Borders (RSF). Both Benchemsi and Boukhari were convicted in 2005 on charges of defamation, in what the RSF described as a political trial.
On 1 August 2009, the Moroccan government seized an edition of TelQuel, following its inclusion of an opinion poll conducted jointly with French newspaper Le Monde and looking at the performance of King Mohammed VI over the first ten years of his reign. Although 91% viewed his performance favourably, the authorities considered this to be an unsuitable topic for coverage and promptly banned publication of the survey, provoking a furious reaction from the press and Web users.
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- "Moroccan authorities seize magazines publishing poll on King". Magharebia. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
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