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Three Moroccan journalists assaulted

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an abridged version of a joint press release by the IFJ and the Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB):

Belgian Journalists' Union and International Federation of Journalists condemn the violent attack on three Moroccan journalists in Belgium

The Belgian Journalists' Association (AGJPB) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have condemned the verbal and physical attacks on three Moroccan journalists over the weekend [23-25 September 2005]. The incidents took place in Mol, during the annual meeting of the EUCOCO (Task Force for the European Coordination in support to the Saharawi people).

Hassan El Bouharrouti (a correspondent for 2M in Belgium), Abdullah Mustapha (a correspondent for Asharq Alawsat) and Nassibi Mohammed (Belgium bureau chief of the Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse) were barred from the conference premises even though other journalists were allowed to cover the conference. The three journalists were also insulted and physically assaulted by conference participants.

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