The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum strongly condemn the ban imposed on the Moroccan weekly newspaper Nichane and the legal proceedings against its publisher, Driss Ksikes, and journalist Sanaa Elaji. At the opening of the trial on 8 January 2007, the prosecutor requested prison sentences of three to five years, fines and an order that would prevent Ksikes and Elaji from working as journalists.
The prosecutor also requested the indefinite closure of Nichane. The trial will resume on 15 January. To read the protest letter, click here