List of newspapers in Morocco

Newspapers in Morocco are primarily published in Arabic and French, and to a lesser extent in Berber, English, and Spanish. Africa Liberal, a Spanish daily, was the first paper published in the country which was launched in 1820.[1] Al Maghrib was the first Arabic newspaper of the country, and was established in 1886.[1]

In 1999, the number of French language newspapers distributed in the country was 130,000 while it was 62,000 in 1981.[2] As of 2013, 71% of the papers were published in Arabic and 27% in French.[3]


Front page of El Eco de Tetuan of May 2, 1921.

The first newspaper to appear in Morocco was Pedro Antonio de Alarcón's El Eco de Tetuan, which published one edition in March 1860.[4] Later in 1860, two Spanish soldiers fighting in the Hispano-Moroccan War (1859–60) launched El Noticiero (periodical), which published 89 editions before ceasing in 1861.[4] The period after the 1880 Madrid Conference saw the rise of al-Moghreb al-Aksa, printed in Spanish by G.T. Abrines, and the Times of Morocco, printed in English by Edward Meakin then later by his son James;[5][6] these two papers would later join and become the Tangier Gazette.[7][8]

Al Maghrib was the first Arabic newspaper of the country, and was established in 1886.[9] In 1908 the Sultan launches "Lissan Al Maghrib" the first state owned official media in Arabic.

El Eco Mauritano (1885–1930) was a political, literary, and general interest periodical founded by Isaac Toledano and Isaac Laredo of Tangier and Agustín Lugaro of Gibraltar.[10]

Following the bombardment and invasion of Casablanca in 1907, a French daily called La Vigie Marocaine was founded at the behest of General Albert d'Amade in 1908.[11][12] With a conservative, colonial editorial line that rejected any notion of Moroccan sovereignty and supported the idea of making Morocco an extension of French Algeria,[11] it became one of the most important French publications in the period of the French Protectorate.[13][11]

Another major publication of the early colonial period was L'Echo du Maroc, which was published in 4 editions: one for Rabat, one for Casablanca, one for the south, and one for the north.[11] In 1919, Pierre Mas began Presse Mas, his media empire in Morocco, with his purchase of L'Echo du Maroc.[11]

Due to the French colonial authorities' censorship of newspapers in Arabic, Muhammad Hassan al-Wazzani founded L'Action du Peuple, a Moroccan nationalist newspaper published in French.[11]

Press in Arabic


Al Maghrib was the first Arabic newspaper of the country, and was established in 1886.[9] It was a local media, based in Tetouan.

The first national newspaper to be published in Arabic by Moroccans was an-Nafahat az-Zakiya fi l-Akhbar il-Maghrebiya (النفحات الزكية في الأخبار المغربية The Pleasant Notes in the News of Morocco) in 1889.[14]

Logo of es-Saada (السعادة), an arabophone Moroccan newspaper supported by the French government.[15]

es-Saada (السعادة Happiness) was arabophone newspaper promoting the French position on events in Morocco published at the French Legation in Tangier,[11] first appearing in 1904.[7] With French encouragement, supporters of Abdelaziz founded as-Sabaah (الصباح) in Tangier in 1904; its editor was an Algerian named Idriss Khubzawi and it published 52 issues.[16][17] Idhar al-Haqq (إظهار الحق), edited by a nationalist figure named Abu Bakr Ben Abd al-Wahab, was also founded in Tangier in 1904.[18][19] After the 1906 Algeciras Conference, the Sufi leader Muhammad Bin Abd al-Kabiir al-Kataani started publishing a periodical entitled at-Taa'oon (الطاعون The Plague) in response to the colonial press and European colonialism in general.[7]

In 1908, Sultan Abd al-Hafid founded Lisan al-Maghrib (لسان المغرب), an arabophone newspaper funded by the Moroccan government;[7] it was run by two Lebanese brothers, Faraj-Allah and Artur Namor,[20] and it famously printed the 1908 draft constitution, as well as open letters to Abdelaziz and then Abd al-Hafid.[21]

In 1909, the Spanish started publishing an arabophone newspaper called Telegraph ar-Rif (تلغراف الريف),[22] then a newspaper called al-Haqq (الحق) in 1911 to push their position.[22] The newspaper at-Taraqqi (الترقي) also presented a colonial perspective and was published in Tangier in 1913.[22][23] They were followed by al-Islah (الإصلاح), a quasi-official Spanish newspaper published in 1916.[23] These publications were similar to es-Saada in their objective.[23]

The first arabophone newspaper in Casablanca was published in 1912: al-Akhbar al-Maghrebiya (الأخبار المغربية), financed by Badar ad-Diin al-Badrawi;[23][22] in Marrakesh, al-Janoob al-Maghrebi (الجنوب المغربي) in 1927.[23]

Among the first colonial policies promulgated by the French authorities under the French protectorate was a policy designed to censor the Moroccan press;[11] Moroccan newspapers, whether Jewish or Muslim, had to receive advanced authorization from the French authorities, while European publications were not required to do this.[11] The French authorities forbade Moroccan nationalists from publishing in areas under French control, especially in Arabic.[11][24]

Akhbar al-Maghreb (أخبار المغرب) was published in Darija in 1915.[23]

an-Nidthaam (النظام) was published by an Egyptian in 1924 in Tangier.[23]

Akhbar Teleghraphiya (أخبار تلغرافية), covering national and international news as well as the affairs of al-Majlis al-Baladi and meant to "disinform"[25] its Moroccan audience, was published in Fes and edited by Tahar Mahawi Zidan.[25]

al-Ittihaad al-Ghanami (الاتحاد الغنمي), syndicated throughout the Maghreb, was first published in Tunis 1929[23]

al-Ittihaad (الاتحاد)[26] was published in 1927 and covered all the regions of the north under Spanish control.[23]

al-Wiḥdat al-Maghrebiya was one of a number of Moroccan newspapers tied to political parties.[27][11]

In the north appeared Mohammed Daoud's journal as-Salaam (السلام),[28] the newspaper al-Hayaat (الحياة), followed by an explosion of periodicals including al-Wihdat al-Maghrebiya (الوحدة المغربية) published by Muḥammad al-Makkī an-Nāṣirī,[11] al-Hurriya (الحرية) published by Abdelkhalek Torres,[11] ar-Rif (الريف), and others.[23] Al-Atlas (الأطلس)[29] was the mouthpiece of the Moroccan Action Committee (كتلة العمل الوطني) and expressed the views of the Moroccan Nationalist Movement.[11]

The journal Majallat al-Maghreb (مجلة المغرب) was directed by Mohamed Ben Saleh Maysa an Algerian resident of Morocco working in Rabat.[23][30][31][32]

Masthead of Said Hajji's Al-Maghrib.[11]

In 1937, Said Hajji of Salé founded Al-Maghrib (المغرب Morocco), a newspaper critical of French colonialism that was often censored.[11]

The newspaper Al-Alam, speaking for the Istiqlal Party, was founded in 1946.[33]

Muhammad Hassan al-Wazzani's ar-Ra'i al-'Aam (الرأي العام)—the mouthpiece of Democratic Independence Party, which had recently splintered from the Istiqlal Party—published its first issue on April 12, 1947.[34]

The National Union of Popular Forces founded Al Muharrir, which published its first edition December 1964.[35] It was edited by Omar Benjelloun until his assassination in 1975.[35]

Jewish press

Salomon Benaïoun's el Horria / La Liberté in its Judeo-Arabic version, written with the Hebrew alphabet.

In 1883, Abraham Lévy-Cohen founded the first francophone newspaper in Morocco, Le Réveil du Maroc,[36] to spread French language and culture among the Moroccan Jews.[7] A man named Salomon Benaïoun started Kol Israel (1891), Mébasser Tov (1894-1895), and Moghrabi (1904), though these periodicals were short-lived.[37] Benaïoun also founded el Horria / La Liberté (1915-1922), which covered Jewish interests in Morocco in two different editions: one in Judeo-Arabic and one in French.[37][38] Adelante (1929-1932) was an independent hispanophone bimonthly periodical.[37]

In Casablanca, the Hadida brothers edited Or Ha’Maarav, or La Lumiere du Maroc (1922–1924), a Zionist[37] newspaper written in Judeo-Arabic with Hebrew script, which ran from 1922 until the French authorities shut it down in 1924.[39][37] It was followed by L'Avenir Illustré (1926–1940) a nationalist, pro-Zionist francophone newspaper, edited by Jonathan Thurz[40][37] as well as l'Union Marocaine (1932-1940), a francophone newspaper in line with emancipatory views of the AIU, edited by Élie Nattaf.[41][37] L'Avenir Illustré and L'Union Marocaine were both shut down by the Vichy regime.[37]

List of newspapers


Below is a list of newspapers published in Morocco:

Title Type Publisher Founded Website Lang Editor Affiliation Circ.
The Moroccan Times     TMT 2003 En/
Hespress     Hespress 2003 En/Ar/
Maroc Agence Presse     Map 31/5/1959 En/Ar/Sp/Taz
Morocco World News     MWN 2011 En/Ar/Fr Samir Bennis and Adnane Bennis Independent NA
24ALA24     2015 Ar Independent NA
Morocco Business News     2008 En Independent NA
MBC Times     2013 En Independent NA
USFP Oujda     2021 En Independent NA
Morocco Newsline     New Commerce Group 2007 En Independent NA
La Dépêche marocaine     1905 NA Fr None NA
Al Alam     1946 Ar Istiqlal
Attajdid Ar Attawhid Wal Islah 5.120
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki     1983 Ar Socialist Union of Popular Forces 15.425
Liberation     1964 Fr Socialist Union of Popular Forces 15.425
Al Bayane     1971 Fr Party of Progress and Socialism 2.567
Bayane Al Yaoume Ar Party of Progress and Socialism
L'Economiste     1991 Fr Independent 15.690
La Nouvelle Tribune Fr Party of Progress and Socialism 7.863
La Vie Eco Fr Independent 14.279
Le Matin     Maroc Soir Group 1972 Fr Royalist 60.000[42]
Assabah     2000 Ar Independent 125.000
Al Bidaoui     Ar Independent 12.445
Al Mounaataf Ar National Rally of Independents
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia     1998 Ar 48.250
Assahifa Al Maghribia Weekly Ar 22.534
Aujourd'hui Le Maroc     2001 Fr 20.000
Al Ayam Weekly Ar 29.678
L'Opinion     1965 Fr Socialist Union of Popular Forces 29.678
La Gazette Du Maroc Fr 5.787
Finances News Hebdo Fr
Tawiza   Br
La Mañana     Maroc Soir Group Sp Royalist
Al Mountakhab Ar Independent
Annoukhba Ar Independent
Al Haraka Ar Popular Movement
Assahra Al Maghribiya     Maroc Soir Group 1989 Ar Royalist
L'Independent     Fr
Tanja7 Ar Independent
Les Nouvelles Du Nord Fr Independent
Le Journal de Tanger Fr Independent 7.000
Morocco Board News   MoroccoBoard News Service En Independent
Almassae     2006 Ar Independent 170.000
Assahifa     Ar Independent
Assabahia (disfunct, 2009)     Maroc Soir Group Ar Independent 35.000
Marocpress     2004 Ar Independent NA
Khbirate     2013 Ar Independent NA


KooraMag     2004 Ar Independent NA
Oujda Portail     2013 Ar Independent NA
alamriyadi alamriyadigroupe 1997 AE independent NA



Defunct daily newspapers


These newspapers are no longer published:

Title Type Publisher Founded Website Lang Editor Affiliation Circ.
Morocco Mirror     2012 En Independent NA

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