On June 1, 2021, Khalid Jamai will join in the kingdom of the dead all the women and men who fought for their country, the Kingdom of Morocco, to become a great nation, independent, free, democratic and prosperous.
It is with these words that the Moroccan director, Nabyl Lahlou has chosen to pay a posthumous tribute to journalist Khalid Jamai, who died on June 1 following a long illness.
Returning to memories apparently as numerous as they are unforgettable, the director recalls Le Khalid Jamai whom he knew “the free man, free and independent journalist”, who was arrested on several occasions for having written, shown or told certain things.
But he speaks above all of the one who has never hesitated to give a helping hand to all those who needed it.
“Before becoming a journalist for the newspaper L’Opinion, then its editor-in-chief, Khalid Jamais was in the Cabinet of Mohamed El Fassi, the Prime Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco, a ministry created in 1969,” recalls Nabyl Lahlou.
He continues: “It was at the beginning of January of the year 1970 that I had the pleasure of meeting Khalid Jamai in his office at the Ministry of Culture where I had gone to seek support to mount my play + Turtles + ”.
And “it is thanks to the moral and material support of Khalid Jamai that + Les tortues + could be mounted and presented at the Mohammed V theater, before being banned. This ban had shocked and scandalized Khalid Jamai who denounced it with a humorous article that L’Opinion published, ”recalls the director.
Still drawing on his memories, Nabyl Lahlou adds: “Khalid Jamai is back by supporting me for my new play + La grande kermesse + which will also be prohibited. It was in March 1971, the year in which the painter Jilali Gharbaoui was found dead, covered in snow on a bench at the Champs de Mars in Paris, where the temperature had fallen to minus 7 ° ”.
Khalid Jamai will pay tribute to Jilali Gharvaoui through a whole page published by L’Opinion. Hossein Kadri, and I, participated in the tribute, and it is thanks to Khalid Jamai, who was able to convince his minister Mohamed El Fassi, that the remains of Jilali Gharbaoui could be repatriated to Morocco and buried in the stronghold of the great painter, he emphasizes again.
Continuing his tribute to the deceased journalist, Nabyl Lahlou maintains that “Khaled Jamai took up his pen to fight abuse and injustice. He held on, without failing in the face of his soul and his conscience. His articles in L’Opinion bear witness to his intellectual honesty and his probity as a journalist. Also, the very many interviews he gave to many electronic sites show how much Khalid Jamai loved his country and wanted it differently (…) ”.