TelQuel (French: As it is) (slogan: Morocco as it is), is a French-language Moroccan weekly news magazine.

CategoriesNews magazine
FounderAhmed Benchemsi
Based inCasablanca
A cover date 20 October 2006

TelQuel is generally considered a quality magazine and more independent from the Moroccan government than most moroccan media outlets. TelQuel is also known for its opposition to Islamist ideology and its defense of religious minorities.

It belongs to the Hariry family. The headquarter is located in Casablanca.

History and profile edit

TelQuel was founded in 2001 by Ahmed Benchemsi.[1] It provides new-related articles.[2]

The magazine has been repeatedly subjected to harassment and pressures from the Moroccan government.[2] Both Benchemsi and Boukhari were convicted in 2005 on charges of defamation, in what the RSF described as a political trial.[3]

On 1 August 2009, the Moroccan government seized an edition of TelQuel, following its inclusion of an opinion poll conducted jointly with French newspaper Le Monde and looking at the performance of King Mohammed VI over the first ten years of his reign. Although 91% viewed his performance favourably, the authorities considered this to be an unsuitable topic for coverage and promptly banned publication of the survey, provoking a furious reaction from the press and Web users.[4]

TelQuel started a Moroccan Arabic edition, Nichane.[5][6] In 2010, however, it went out of business following government pressure on companies to withdraw advertising.[7][8]

Editors-in-chief edit

  • Selma Mhaoud September 2001 – January 2002
  • Driss Ksikes February 2002 – July 2006
  • Karim Boukhari September 2006 – January 2013
  • Fahd Iraqi, January 2013 – May 2014
  • Abdallah Tourabi, June 2014 – present

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Abdallah Tourabi (9 June 2014). "Editorial. Profession de foi". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Annemarie Iddins (2015). "Debating Darija: Telquel and language politics in modern Morocco". Media, Culture & Society. 37 (2): 289. doi:10.1177/0163443714560133.
  3. ^ "Reporters Without Borders". RSF. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Moroccan authorities seize magazines publishing poll on King". Magharebia. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Media Sustainability Index 2009" (PDF). Irex. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ Bruce Maddy-Weitzman; Daniel Zisenwine (2013). Contemporary Morocco: State, Politics and Society Under Mohammmed VI. Routledge. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-415-69546-6. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ Aida Alami (28 April 2011). "Web Offers a Voice to Journalists in Morocco". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  8. ^ Max Fisher (1 October 2010). "Morocco's Largest Arabic Newsweekly to Fold Under State Pressure". The Atlantic. Retrieved 3 October 2010.