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Protesters seek release of Moroccan journalist jailed after report on al-Qaida video

Hundreds of people have protested to seek the release of a Moroccan journalist jailed after publishing a story about an al-Qaida video.

The prosecutor general announced this week that the journalist, Ali Anouzla, has been charged under Morocco's anti-terrorism law with assisting and advocating terrorism.

The protesters in the capital Rabat on Thursday alleged he has been jailed for political reasons.

Anouzla, editor of the Lakome website, published a story about the video by al-Qaida's north African affiliate criticizing the footage as propaganda.

Amnesty International said Thursday that Anouzla's jailing "sends the message that any discussion of terrorism ... will be treated by the government of Morocco as a criminal offense."

If found guilty, Anouzla faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison.