Morocco / Western Sahara

Morocco / Western Sahara

Right to inform constantly blocked

RSF has seen a slow but steady decline in media freedom in Morocco/Western Sahara. In Morocco, the kingdom’s authorities use political and economic pressure to deter local independent media outlets from covering highly sensitive subjects. Even the international media has become a target. The authorities expelled a growing number of foreign reporters in 2016 on the grounds that they did not have permits to film. In Western Sahara, which is mostly under Moroccan control and is regarded by the United Nations as a non-self-governing territory, citizen journalists are threatened and prosecuted when they attempt to report human rights violations.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



131 in 2016

Global score


42.64 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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