The affair of journalist Souleimane Raissouni has caused much ink to flow at national and international levels. In preventive detention for more than a year, the former editor-in-chief of Akhbar Al Yaoum has been observing a hunger strike for more than two months to protest against this “injustice” which has seriously affected his condition. health.
In a letter sent on June 15 to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls for the immediate release of the journalist, whose extremely worrying state of health requires immediate treatment.
” On behalf of the International Federation of Journalists, the world’s leading organization for the profession, we call for the immediate release of journalist Souleimane Raissouni, whose life is in danger after 67 days of hunger strike“, We can read in the letter sent on June 15 to King Mohammed VI by the IFJ, which represents more than 600,000 journalists in 150 countries.
While recalling the date of his detention and his hunger strike of more than two months to protest against his imprisonment and the unfairness of the trial to which he is the subject, the International Federation of Journalists underlines that Souleimane Raissouni has lost nearly 40 kilos and is in a state of extreme weakness.
” Souleimane Raissouni, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Akhbar Al-Yaoum has been in detention since May 22, 2020, and has started a hunger strike more than two months ago to protest his imprisonment. In isolation for over a year, our colleague has lost nearly 40 kilos and is in a state of extreme weakness that could lead to his death. This journalist has the right to a fair trial and to respect for his personal dignity and we implore you, Your Majesty, that everything be done to save his life.“, Expressed the IFJ in its letter sent from Brussels and signed by the secretary general of the federation, Anthony Bellanger.
It should be recalled that the journalist Souleimane Raissouni is being prosecuted under the charge of “rape with violence and forcible confinement ”. All requests for provisional release on condition of his defense, 12 in total, were rejected by the criminal chamber of the Casablanca Court of Appeal.
Human rights activists and the family of Raissouni, but also the family of Omar Radi accused for another case of ” foreign funding and damage to the internal security of the State ” and of ” rape”, call for their pursuit in a state of freedom, since they meet all the criteria to be able to benefit from this measure. Since the arrest of the two journalists, the climate in the media in Morocco is even more tense than usual and freedom of expression remains constrained by red lines not to be exceeded for fear of suffering the same fate.
Moreover, the family of the two journalists and human rights activists believe that they were imprisoned for their audacity and their critical writing and not for the crimes referred to them. Even if there is a crime, the two journalists have the right to benefit from a conditional release since they meet all the criteria, and also benefit from a fair trial.