Morocco refutes Amnesty report on spying on journalist Omar Radi

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Morocco refutes Amnesty report on spying on journalist Omar Radi





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Demonstrators march in support of Moroccan journalist and human rights activist Omar Radi, in Rabat, December 28, 2019.


Kingdom authorities are demanding evidence from the NGO which accuses Morocco of spying via the Pegasus software of the Israeli firm NSO on the activities of the journalist and Moroccan human rights defender, Omar Radi.

Moroccan authorities have “Categorically refuted” friday the “Unfounded allegations” of Amnesty International, according to whom Morocco hacked a journalist’s phone with a spyware.

In a statement, the authorities of the kingdom call on the NGO to “Support” his report “By evidence”. The director of Amnesty in Morocco was summoned and asked to provide ” as soon as possible “ this evidence, according to the same source.

Amnesty International said in its report on Monday that the phoneOmar Radi, a Moroccan journalist and human rights activist, had been spied on via lPegasus software of the Israeli firm NSO, used according to it by the Moroccan authorities.

“Umpteenth attempt at intimidation”

Moroccan justice said on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into Omar Radi, whom it suspected of benefiting from “Foreign funding” related to “Intelligence services”.

On Thursday, the journalist was interrogated for several hours by the judicial police. For him, this invitation was “A direct link” with the Amnesty report and the charges against it are “Ridiculous”, he told AFP. “I will face with great firmness this umpteenth attempt at intimidation”, he said on Friday in a statement.

In March, he was given a four-month suspended prison sentence for criticizing a judge on Twitter.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Thursday called on Moroccan authorities to “End the harassment” targeting him.

Amnesty had published in October a first report on the spying of the phones of two Moroccan activists using the same software.

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