Jeune Afrique and Morocco

Moorishgirl highlights a Jeune Afrique special on Morocco, focusing on the old secularists vs. Islamists debate (a largely misleading debate, in my opinion) and then says:

I was disappointed by the piece on the media: No mention of the problems that Tel Quel, Le Journal Hebdo and other news magazines have had with the judiciary.
Want to know why? Because Jeune Afrique is bought and paid for by the Moroccan regime to provide positive reporting. Le Jounal Hebdo, a real independent weekly, did a great piece on how the whole setup works, with on one occasion Jeune Afrique receiving 950,000 euros for its work. I've seen similar paeans to autocratic regimes much worse than Morocco's, such as Tunisia's. The magazine's publisher is doing little more than accepting blood money to keep silent, even if the odd article (notably on culture) is interesting.
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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.