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Send a message of solidarity for a Moroccan journalist detained without charge since 17 July allegedly for publishing secret government documents.

Abderrahim Ariri, publisher of the Moroccan weekly "Al-Watan Al An" ("The Nation Now"), and Mustafa Hormatallah, a journalist for the paper, were arrested for allegedly revealing national defence secrets, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Ariri was released on 24 July, but Hormatallah remains in jail.

On 14 July, the paper published a confidential document of the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, a Moroccan security agency, which discussed the monitoring of jihadist websites. The memo asked security services to be vigilant after a video was posted online in which militants threatened to wage jihad against Morocco and other North African states.

Police arrested Ariri and Hormatallah at their Casablanca homes on 17 July and took them to police headquarters for questioning. Later that day, about 20 police officers raided the "Al Watan Al An" office, and confiscated some of the newspaper's archives and Ariri's computer.

The Moroccan journalists' union (Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine, SNPM) organised a national day of solidarity with Ariri and Hormatallah on the day of the journalists' arrest, advocating for their release and the right of journalists to gain access to information. The action was also part of a larger initiative in the human rights community aimed at disassociating their case from that of military personnel accused of leaking secret documents.

Post your message on the "Al Watan" blog here:

For background on the case, see:
- CPJ:
- International Federation of Journalists:
- Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières):
(24 July 2007)

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