The kingdom of paradox


In August 2009, Morocco's police destroyed 100,000 copies of TelQuel magazine because it featured an unprecedented opinion poll about King Mohammed's popularity.
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Ahmed Benchemsi
Visiting Scholar Ahmed Benchemsi discusses the seemingly paradoxic relationship between the independent media and the Moroccan government in two pieces for Harvard's Nieman Reports. Editor of two best-selling weekly magazines in Morocco - TelQuel and Nishan - Benchemsi brought controversial and taboo subjects to the public's attention, often incriminating the king himself. In these revealing articles, Benchemsi shares the details of how the regime bankrupted his publications and drove a generation of avant-garde journalists out of Morocco.