The government is hiding behind the court…

The government is hiding behind the court to close the newspaper. It is sending a message to the media that it will not tolerate press freedom.”

– Al Massae editor Tawfik Bouechrine on the record fine — 6 million dirhams, equivalent to $815,900 — imposed against his newspaper for publishing an erroneous allegation that a Moroccan judge had attended a gay wedding story. (Reuters)

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at rshulman@metroweekly.com.

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