Moroccan court postpone trial of Journalist due to news coverage

Moroccan court postpone trial of Journalist due to news coverage

Casablanca's appeals court on Tuesday decided to postpone the trial of journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui to October 17, after the defense committee refused to allow national television channels to film the hearing.
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Casablanca's appeals court on Tuesday decided to postpone the trial of journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui to October 17, after the defense committee refused to allow national television channels to film the hearing.

In his appeal to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, attorney Ishaq Shariya said that the decision to film the trial was a “flagrant violation of the law,” as the defense committee was not informed of the presence of the National Broadcasting and Television Company in the hearing session.

“The cameras that were placed in the courtroom are directed toward the defendant and the defense establishment, without permission from them to shoot,” Shariya said.

Meanwhile, El Mahdaoui said, “I refuse to be filmed by the first and second channels because they are disrespectful and unprofessional and serve the agendas of those who arrested me.”

Hamid El Mahdaoui, who heads the Badil online news site, was arrested in July this year at the start of a banned demonstration in the restive northern city of Al-Hoceima.

He was initially sentenced to three months in jail after being found guilty of helping to organise "an unauthorised march" and having "invited" others to take part, according to his website.

Source: Reports 

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