Target: King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Goal: Allow journalist to live and write in his home country.
After years of being jailed and repressed for his satirical journalism, Ali Lmrabet was planning to go home to once again write in Morocco, but is struggling to regain his legal residency. Lmrabet was banned from publishing for 10 years after one of his pieces was considered insulting to the monarchy and since he couldn’t follow his passion at home, Lmrabet spent his time in between Barcelona, Spain and Tetouan, Morocco. Now that his ban is lifted, he wants to start a weekly satyr in Tetouan, but is being denied the proof of residence that is necessary to publish in the country despite being a legal citizen.
After being given papers proving his residency at his parents’ home and then having them removed due to improper authorization, he was denied new ones and told he must demonstrate he has a residence by living at his home for Tetouan for three months, where he is unable to work in his chosen profession.
Lmrabet is going to go through the proper channels in hopes of being able to get his opinion out to the world, but this kind of prejudice against people who use their voice to speak out against their government cannot continue. He has previously been jailed on charges of insulting the king, undermining the monarchy and endangering the integrity of national territories. Once he finally gets his legal papers, Lmrabet will also have to provide the housing information of his editors and he might once again have to face charges for his writing.
Journalists should be allowed to publish their opinion even if it isn’t popular, and Lmrabet should not have to go through extreme channels to regain residence in a country that forced him out by denying him the right to his voice. Tell the King of Morocco to change the penalties that prevent writers from being able to speak their mind and allow them to have freedom of speech.
Dear King Mohammed VI,
For many years Ali Lmrabet has been fighting for the right to express his voice, despite being jailed and banned from practicing his work. Now, he is trying to return home and once again write in Tetouan after 10 years of being unable to publish in the country, but is facing extreme challenges in regaining his residency.
Giving back Lmrabet his rights is a vital step is allowing writers to express their opinion despite what it might speak to or who it might offend. Freedom of speech should be a right for everyone, and Lmrabet should be allowed to return to his home and write without having to face the threat of being silenced.
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