The management of the “Media 21” company, the owner of the Moroccan newspaper “Akhbar Al-Youm”, announced yesterday that it will stop publishing from today, coinciding with the publication of the official page of Tawfiq Bouachrine, the owner of the newspaper, the phrase “End of Akhbar Al-Youm” attached to a picture with a picture of Bouachrine and the word in English. : “the end”
And the administration of the newspaper, whose director and editor-in-chief is serving prison terms, announced that the newspaper, which was founded in 2009, will cease to be published due to a financial “ordeal”.
A statement by the newspaper’s management published on its page on the social networking site “Facebook” stated that “Akhbar Al-Youm” is being subjected to “restrictions by preventing advertisements from reaching their pages, and public institutions refraining from fulfilling the financial dues they owe to manage the newspaper” and “deny them from Its legitimate right to public support. ”
For their part, members of the newspaper’s editorial staff condemned the “unilateral” decision taken by the administration, expressing their hope that the newspaper could be “saved”, in statements to the AFP agency.
In 2018, the director of its publication, Tawfiq Bouachrine, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and the Court of Appeal increased the sentence to 15 years for his conviction of “sexual assaults.”
In 2019, the journalist Hajar Raissouni was sentenced to one year in prison for being convicted of “illegal abortion,” but she was granted a royal pardon.
The newspaper’s editor, Suleiman Raissouni, was also arrested nine months ago on a sexual assault case, but he denies this accusation.
His trial was postponed twice before the trial date was set for March 30.
The family of “Akhbar Al-Youm” newspaper includes about forty journalists, knowing that it had about a hundred before the arrest of its director in 2018.