Hundreds in Morocco Protest The Detention of Journalist Hajar Raissouni

Published September 10th, 2019 - 06:11 GMT

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the court in the capital Rabat where the trial of a Moroccan journalist who was accused of having a late-term abortion and sexual relations outside marriage.

The court has decided to postpone the trial of Hajar Raissouni, who writes for the Arabic-language newspaper Akhbar Al-Yaoumafter the huge protests on Monday.

Moreover, the Journalist's case has created a huge debate in the media and online about civil liberties and freedom of the press.

 

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Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with captions reading in Arabic (L to R) "Free Hajar", "Freedom for Hajar", "No to the criminalisation of consensual relations between adults", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with captions reading in Arabic (L to R) "Free Hajar", "Freedom for Hajar", "No to the criminalisation of consensual relations between adults", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic reading "my body, my freedom", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic reading "my body, my freedom", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators chant slogans and speak to the media as they gather outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators chant slogans and speak to the media as they gather outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic and English reading "Free Hajar Raissouni" as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic and English reading "Free Hajar Raissouni" as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "get out of my uterus", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "get out of my uterus", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "the texts of the law silence all opposition or freedom of speech", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "the texts of the law silence all opposition or freedom of speech", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Moroccan security forces stand guard outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Moroccan security forces stand guard outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with captions reading in Arabic (L to R) "Free Hajar", "Freedom for Hajar", "No to the criminalisation of consensual relations between adults", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic reading "my body, my freedom", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators chant slogans and speak to the media as they gather outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic and English reading "Free Hajar Raissouni" as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "get out of my uterus", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "the texts of the law silence all opposition or freedom of speech", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Moroccan security forces stand guard outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with captions reading in Arabic (L to R) "Free Hajar", "Freedom for Hajar", "No to the criminalisation of consensual relations between adults", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with captions reading in Arabic (L to R) "Free Hajar", "Freedom for Hajar", "No to the criminalisation of consensual relations between adults", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic reading "my body, my freedom", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic reading "my body, my freedom", as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators chant slogans and speak to the media as they gather outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators chant slogans and speak to the media as they gather outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic and English reading "Free Hajar Raissouni" as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, with a caption below in Arabic and English reading "Free Hajar Raissouni" as they gather outside a courthouse holding her trial on charges of abortion in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "get out of my uterus", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "get out of my uterus", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "the texts of the law silence all opposition or freedom of speech", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A demonstrator holds up a sign reading in French "the texts of the law silence all opposition or freedom of speech", during a protest outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Moroccan security forces stand guard outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Moroccan security forces stand guard outside a courthouse holding the trial of Hajar Raissouni, a journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, on charges of abortion, in the capital Rabat on September 9, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Demonstrators hold up signs showing the portraits of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm. FADEL SENNA / AFP