Crusading Moroccan journalist says govt admits to shutting down his news website

A prominent Moroccan editor says the state media regulator has banned his taboo-breaking news website and he must go to court to reopen it.

Ali Anouzla told The Associated Press he was ready to go on a hunger strike to bring back, known for its hard-hitting reporting in Morocco's otherwise docile media landscape.

Anouzla is out on bail after a month in prison on terrorism charges after his website wrote about an al-Qaida video that criticized Morocco. While in prison he asked that the website be temporarily shut down, but now authorities have refused to reopen it. Anouzla called the decision unjust and arbitrary.

Online journalism has exploded in the last few years in Morocco, with seen as the most daring.