How Morocco has weakened its press, pushing readers to social media for news

For David Alvarado, a Spanish journalist who has been covering North Africa for more than a decade, the real indication of how free journalists are to report in Morocco is which government ministry is watching most closely. Officially, it’s the Ministry of Communications that issues press cards and can expel journalists or ban them from working here, says Mr. Alvarado, the former North African correspondent for Spanish-language CNN. Last year, Morocco overhauled its speech and press laws, a move the country heralded as a major step toward a free press.

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