Al-Massae

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Al-Massae
المساء
Type Daily newspaper
Founder(s) Rachid Niny
Editor-in-chief Rachid Niny
Founded 2006; 8 years ago (2006)
Political alignment Independent
Language Arabic
Headquarters Morocco
Official website Official website

Al-Massae (in Arabic المساء meaning The Evening) is a Moroccan daily newspaper. In April 2012, Al Jazeera described it as "the country's most popular daily".[1]

History and incidents[edit]

Al Massae was launched by Rachid Niny in 2006.[2][3] The paper is an independent publication and has no affiliation to the government or any political party.[4]

In October 2008, its publisher and editor Rachid Niny was condemned to pay 6,120,000 dirhams (560,000 euros) for alleged "defamation" and "public injury" for a November 2007 article about the presence of an unnamed judge at an alleged homosexual marriage in Ksar el-Kebir.[5] In November, around 500 persons demonstrated in Rabat against the government and supporting freedom of expression and information.[6] In December, Niny was condemned again to pay 620,000 dirhams for alleged "defamation" and "public injury", accused by the dean of Rabat bar association. This high sanctions compromised the continued publication of the newspaper.[7]

In June 2011, Rachid Niny was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for "disinformation" following his criticism of Moroccan intelligence agencies.[8] The sentence led Amnesty International to designate him a prisoner of conscience.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Freed Moroccan journalist remains defiant". Al Jazeera. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Morocco - Media Landscape Journalism Network, Retrieved 8 October 2013
  3. ^ Morocco The Arab Press Network. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. ^ Wes Herrmann (10 December 2013). "Al-Massae Newspaper and Richard Niny". PSU. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  5. ^ De nuevo condenan a una severa multa al periódico marroquí 'Al-Massae' El Mundo, 4 December 2008 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Cientos de personas se manifiestan contra la multa al director del diario 'Al Massae' El Mundo, 15 November 2008 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Nueva multa contra el director del diario marroquí 'Al Massae' El Mundo, 1 December 2008 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Martin Jay (10 June 2011). "Leading Moroccan journalist is sentenced to one year in prison". CNN. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 

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