Omar Brouksy, a journalist with Agence France Presse (AFP) has lost his accreditation after publishing this article. The Moroccan regime revoked Brouksy’s accreditation for this sentence: “du Parti authenticité et modernité (PAM), fondé en 2008 par Fouad Ali El Himma, un proche du roi Mohammed VI.” (Translation: the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) founded in 2008 by Fouad Ali El Himma, a close friend of King Mohammad VI).
The Moroccan regime argued, “These allegations are also detrimental to the constitutional status of the monarchy and are in total contradiction with the absolute neutrality of the King and the royal family regarding the election.” The irony is that it is impossible to detach the association between the PAM and the royal family. I, personally, have written about that relationship. Not only is it common knowledge, but there’s never been an effort by either the palace or the PAM to hide that relationship. The founder of the party, Fouad Ali El Himma, left his leadership role at the party after being appointed a royal adviser to the king last year. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of their relationship. Extensive business deals, serious corruption allegations, the highest level of nepotism–this is a serious matter that is being written off by the Moroccan regime.
What should also be noted is that Omar Brouksy was physically assaulted and harassed by regime forces back in August while covering a protest in Rabat. Full footage of the incident can be found here (warning, it is a bit graphic).
Solidarity with Omar Brouksy.