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Debates over media freedom have occupied media industry participants and legislators as the government issues a new set of laws to promote media freedom and improve journalist practice.


The Press and Publication Law, promulgated in August 2016, states: ‘Freedom of the press is protected and cannot be restricted by any form of censorship, and that everyone has the right to freely express and disseminate news, ideas and opinions, except as explicitly provided by the law.’

 

Part of the debate, lasting more than five years, stems from the 2011 constitution that guarantees freedom of speech yet maintains sanctions including imprisonment.


In 2016, Al Jazeera reported: ‘With file upon file of cases against Moroccan-based journalists piling up in court, and with dozens more journalists either awaiting sentencing or currently in prison, it seems that little has actually changed in the country's media landscape’.

Other developments include the lift of the ban on VoIP in November last year.


Then ban on calls made through mobile internet connections was applied in January last year and provoked protests on social media.  


In a statement issued in November last year, the Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT) outlined reasons for lifting the ban.


The ANRT said: ‘The decision (to lift the ban) comes after the ANRT's evaluation of the telecom national and international markets, the legal context and taking into consideration the requirements to develop a sector that benefits customers.’



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Independent firm Bennani & Associés is well regarded by peers for its transactional and litigation specialisations. Co-founding partner Mehdi M. Bennani leads the practice which provides full-service support on sector-related cases involving advertising and unfair competition law. The team also had in-depth knowledge of copyright law.  


Managed by Mustapha Mourahib, the team at Clifford Chance predominately works on cross-border cases. The multinational team of lawyers works on multi-sector deals and cases within the TMT industry. Part of an international network, the team is backed by global resources and expertise.


Gide Loyrette Nouel is well established globally and locally. Co-led by Rémy Fekete and Olivier Cousi, the team assists with a range of matters including audio-visual content, copyright law and print media. The TMT department provides multi-dimensional advice to entertainment and advertising.


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Copyright specialist Cabinet Aksiman is one of the country's leading firms for intellectual property matters. Lawyers advise on copyright protection, licensing and the acquisition of rights. Founded in 1982, the firm has an extensive experience advising on a broad range of matters that, contentious and non-contentious. The team also includes experienced litigators.


Co-managed by Jose Ignacio García Muniozguren, Spanish firm Garrigues has been present in Morocco for over a decade. The firm’s international focus on media, entertainment and sports equips the local practice with a global network of industry experts. Based in Casablanca, Jaafar Laidi is one of the firm’s key practitioners whose detailed knowledge of media law makes the firm a popular choice among clients. His extensive knowledge of legislation is an asset to the team, which works closely with the Tangiers office.   


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Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy provides full-service advice to local and international clients. Under the leadership of Hicham Naciri the team provides cross border advice to local and multinational clients. The firm is notably active in complex transactional and corporate cases. Key practitioners include Yassir Ghorbal who is an experienced litigator.


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Clifford Chance

Bennani & Associés

Gide Loyrette Nouel  


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Cabinet Aksiman

Garrigues

M. Mehdi Salmouni-Zerhouni


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Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy

Saba Intellectual Property

UGGC Avocats


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Hassan Semlali

Norton Rose Fulbright

Sekkat Law Firm

Youssef Chehbi

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