Afaf Bernani

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On July 29, Moroccan authorities arrested journalist Omar Radi after more than a month-long investigation into allegations that he collaborated with foreign intelligence agencies. On the day of his arrest, the prosecutor announced that Radi is also facing rape charges. Radi is now among several independent journalists whom the Moroccan regime has accused of sexual assault.

It may come as a surprise to hear that I — as a Moroccan woman and as someone who has experienced the unfortunate realities of sexual harassment in Morocco — am skeptical of these charges. While sexual assault and abuse of any kind are abhorrent and always deserves serious investigation, there is good reason to believe that such allegations are being exploited for political purposes.…  Seguir leyendo »