Rabat- Morocco has made significant progress in terms of press and publication freedom over the past 10 years.
The press in Tunisia is facing an unprecedented crisis as the government resorts to authoritarian tactics to silence journalists and media personnel.
Taoufik Bouachrine, a journalist from Morocco who has been detained since 2018, is facing a worsening of his health. The Moroccan authorities are impeding his ability to receive crucial medical care, which contradicts both local laws and international accords.
There's an old saying that "the truth will set you free." But for journalists in the Middle East and North Africa, telling the truth can come at a high cost. In the pursuit of reporting on critical issues and defending democratic values, journalists in the region face unprecedented obstacles, including physical violence, imprisonment, and censorship. Despite the risks, they continue to work tirelessly to uncover the truth. In this report, we explore the major challenges facing male and female journalists in the region, and emphasize the need for collective action to safeguard the freedom of the press and support the vital work of journalists in defending human rights and democratic values.
To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2023, Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) has released its annual report on press freedom violations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report focuses on the most prominent violations against journalists and activists in the region throughout 2022.
In a notable step, the Egyptian government has granted freedom to Hisham Abdel Aziz, a prominent journalist affiliated with Al-Jazeera Mubasher, much to the elation of Women Journalists Without Chains. While expressing their delight over this decision, the organization also urges the authorities to demonstrate a commitment to press freedom by releasing all other journalists who have been detained.
Saleck Zeid, an investigative journalist in Mauritania, was arrested on April 19, 2023, for his Facebook posts about recent criminal activities in the country.
Cairo- In its most recent report, published on April 12, 2023, Women Journalists Without Chains assessed Egypt's state of freedom of expression and opinion. The report reveals a deeply rooted environment of oppression under military and security leaders, making Egypt one of the worst countries in terms of press freedom. The organization documented over 112 violations against journalists in 2022, including around 20 Egyptian female journalists who were subjected to various forms of mistreatment, such as imprisonment, assault, torture, and termination of employment.
Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) released a report on March 16, 2023, revealing that the Tunisian president, Kais Saied, has imposed a state of emergency in the country since July 2021, resulting in a significant decline in press freedom. The report titled "Kais Saied Pushes Tunisian Press Towards Police State Environment" highlights how the president has taken measures to suppress media since the parliament was frozen in July 2021, and a new constitution was adopted, despite low voter turnout.
On March 8, International Women's Day, we at Women Journalists Without Chains urge the immediate release of female journalists and political prisoners
Journalist Hanane Bakour is still being harassed by Moroccan authorities, who have yet again scheduled her trial for April 10, 2023.