CPJ representative makes policy recommendations to US Congress to help press freedom in Morocco

At a hearing on “Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in Morocco” held by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress, CPJ Middle East and Northern Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour presented testimony on the threats to press freedom and journalists’ safety in Morocco.

Mansour’s testimony focused on Morocco’s record of retaliation against journalists using dubious legal charges, smear campaigns, and surveillance. 

He emphasised that this record stretches back decades, has intensified since 2015, and includes orchestrated forms of intimidation designed to threaten and silence reporters.

Mansour also provided recommendations to US policymakers to reverse the downward trend for press freedom, to demand the release of all jailed members of the press; to emphasise press freedom in meetings with Moroccan authorities; and to investigate authorities’ alleged use of surveillance technology to monitor reporters.