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Morocco: Free Outspoken Journalist Jailed Over Tweet

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Expand Journalist Omar Radi in Casablanca, Morocco, 2018. © Fanny Hedenmo © Fanny Hedenmo (Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should unconditionally release and drop charges against a journalist jailed for a 9 months-old tweet criticizing a judge, Human Rights Watch said today. Omar Radi, 33, is due to be tried on January 2, 2020 for allegedly insulting a judge who imposed heavy penalties on protesters from the Rif region. He faces up to one year in prison if convicted. On December 26, a judge in Casablanca rejected Radi’s request for pre-trial release, notably on medical grounds that he suffers…

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