Le Journal Hebdo loses appeal

Le Journal Hebdo, arguably Morocco's most irreverent and political critical liberal publication, has lot its appeal to avoid paying the highest-ever libel fees imposed by a Moroccan court. It's all here.

I met with Abou Bakr Jamai, Le Journal Hebdo's publisher, about a month ago in Casablanca and found him extremely interesting. In Morocco itself he is considered too controversial. In my book that means he's doing something right. I don't have time to say much more about this, except that it's depressing that the one ray of hope in the region seems to be taking a turn for the worse.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.