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The Moroccan government wants to implement a national system for the protection of journalists

The Moroccan government wants to implement a national system for the protection of journalists./Ph. DR
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Commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, on the 2nd of November, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) urged the Moroccan government to implement a national system to protect journalists, said the non-profit foundation in a statement sent on Thursday to Yabiladi.

A measure that must be taken «in accordance with Article 7 para. 4 of the Press and Publishing Act which forces the public authorities to create legal and institutional safeguards to protect journalists from assaults and threats while doing their job».

The CMFR called the government to protect anyone who carries out the activity of journalism on a daily basis and not only those who are granted a press card. It also insisted that the Ministry of Communication should publish all the cases of journalists who have filed complaints and justify the delay, rejection and pace of the procedure in some cases.

«The CMFR believes that a system for the protection of journalists should be radically revised, and suggests (...) that the Ministry of Communication should be engaged, as soon as possible, consulting journalists' unions, publishers' associations, lawyers, the National Council for Human Rights and NGOs interested in the issue».

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