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Journalist Rachid Nini, editor of Morocco’s El-Massa daily newspaper, will go on trial Tuesday, May 17, after being detained on April 28. Nini published several articles that were critical of Moroccan security forces’ counter-terrorism practices and shed light on government corruption.

The closure of Nichane, one of the hardest-hitting Arabic weeklies, delivers yet another strong blow to press freedom in Morocco, according to Freedom House.

By Katie Zoglin, Senior Program Manager of Middle East and North Africa, June 17, 2010

Despite continuing resistance from religious and cultural elites, women in the Middle East and North Africa have made modest progress in achieving certain rights over the past five years. While women in the region suffer from greater inequality than do women elsewhere, they now enjoy more economic opportunity, fewer barriers to education, and expanded ability to participate in the political process than they did five years ago. These are the conclusions of Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance, a new study released today by Freedom House.


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