Moroccan journalists, activists demonstrate in solidarity with hunger striking colleague

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.