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Moroccan journalist among 'most urgent' press freedom cases: press freedom coalition

Omar Radi was imprisoned after being summoned for the 10th time last month [Twitter]

Date of publication: 4 August, 2020

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A jailed Moroccan journalist was included in a list of most urgent global cases of threats against the press.
A press freedom advocacy coalition on Monday named an imprisoned Moroccan journalist one of the "most pressing cases of journalists under attack around the world for pursuing the truth", according to a list published by TIME magazine.

The monthly list of most urgent cases of attacks on the press was compiled by the One Free Press Coalition, which comprises 40 news organisations.

Independent Moroccan journalist Omar Radi was eighth on the list.

After being summoned for interrogation for the 10th time last month, Radi was imprisoned in Casablanca on charges of rape, sexual assault, receiving foreign funding and collaborating with foreign intelligence.

In a report published in June, Amnesty International said Radi’s phone was tapped using Israeli spyware firm NSO Group's technology as part of the Moroccan government’s efforts to clamp down on dissent.

Ninth on the list was imprisoned Egyptian freelance reporter Solafa Magdy, who last month received another 45-day trial extension.

According to the coalition, Magdy is at risk of contracting Covid-19 in prison, as she and her husband have experienced medical neglect and inhumane conditions behind bars.

Magdy was arrested in November for covering immigration and human rights in Cairo.

Rights groups have for months decried the conditions in Egyptian jails, fearing the coronavirus may be spreading undetected in the country's notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary prisons.

Last month, prominent Egyptian journalist Mohamed Monir died of Covid-19 following his release from detention on charges of broadcasting "fake news".

Listed as the most urgent case on the list is American freelance photojournalist Austin Tice, who went missing in Syria in 2012, with this month marking eight years since his disappearance.

The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, whose brutal murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul still remains largely a mystery, was 10th on the list.

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