mercredi 10 septembre 2008

Amnesty International UK apporte son soutien à Erraji

Amnesty International has issued a call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohamed Erraji, the 29-year-old blogger sentenced this week to two years imprisonment reportedly for 'lack of respect due to the King'.

Erraji, who is believed to be the first blogger to be convicted in Morocco for peacefully expressing their views on the Internet, was apparently jailed in connection with an article he published on the independent Moroccan website Hespress on 3 September under the title 'The King encourages the nation (to rely) on handouts'.

On his blog, which he describes as the space where he can freely express his thoughts and views, Mohamed Erraji regularly comments on social and political events in Morocco. Amnesty is highlighting his case on its new site, an online community and action site at the centre of the organisation's online communications.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

'Mohamed Erraji's imprisonment is completely unacceptable and the Moroccan authorities should release him immediately.

'The effect of this disturbing development is likely to be that others in Morocco will be too scared to even voice their peaceful views online or anywhere else.'

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