Moroccan YouTuber sentenced to prison, journalist detained

A YouTuber who criticised the Moroccan king has been given a prison sentence while a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet has been detained.

Freedom of speech advocates say the moves on Thursday reflect growing pressure against those who use social networks to express anger at economic and social problems.

A court in Settat handed a four-year prison sentence to Mohammed Bekkaki for referring to Moroccans as donkeys and criticising King Mohammed VI in a video posted on YouTube in November.

The royal family is widely revered in Morocco and criticising the king is a criminal offence.

Meanwhile, journalist and activist Omar Radi was detained in Casablanca on Thursday and charged with insulting a judge.

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