Morocco: Pols vote to “reconsider” ties with European Union rather than respect press freedom

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Moroccan lawmakers on Monday voted unanimously to review ties with the European Parliament, accusing it of meddling after a resolution that urged the kingdom to respect press freedom. Members of both houses of Morocco’s parliament met in the capital Rabat for a joint session in response to the non-binding European text adopted on Thursday. In a statement after their session, the Moroccan legislators called the European resolution ‘an unacceptable attack against the sovereignty, dignity and independence of judicial institutions in the kingdom.’ … European lawmakers in Strasbourg had urged Morocco to ‘respect freedom of expression and media freedom’ and to ‘guarantee imprisoned journalists … a fair trial.'” (01/23/23)