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Moroccan journalists, activists demonstrate in solidarity with hunger striking colleague

  • Activist shouts slogans in support of editor Ali Mrabet in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco on July 24, 2015. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of Mrabet, who is on a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    Activist shouts slogans in support of editor Ali Mrabet in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco on July 24, 2015. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of Mrabet, who is on a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)  (The Associated Press)

  • Journalists and activists wave banners and chant slogans in support of editor Ali Mrabet in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco on July 24, 2015. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of hunger striking Mrabet. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    Journalists and activists wave banners and chant slogans in support of editor Ali Mrabet in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco on July 24, 2015. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of hunger striking Mrabet. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)  (The Associated Press)

  • Moroccan journalists and activists, and their children, demonstrate in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco Friday, July 24, 2015 in support of editor Ali Mrabet. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of Mrabet, who is on a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

    Moroccan journalists and activists, and their children, demonstrate in front of parliament in Rabat, Morocco Friday, July 24, 2015 in support of editor Ali Mrabet. Moroccan journalists and activists are calling on the government to end the harassment of Mrabet, who is on a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)  (The Associated Press)

Around 100 Moroccan journalists and activists have demonstrated in front of parliament in solidarity with an editor on a monthlong hunger strike over his treatment by the government.

Ali Mrabet, the editor of DemainOnline, has been on a hunger strike in front of Geneva's Palais des Nations since June 24 over what he is calling government harassment preventing him from working. His supporters said at Friday's demonstration that his case is a symbol of the lack of press freedom in a country that is widely admired abroad for its stability and moderate outlook.

Mrabet was banned by a judge from practicing journalism for a decade. When he announced plans to restart his weekly Demain publication in April when the ban ended, he was confronted with repeated bureaucratic obstacles.