A seminar in Rabat warns against “polluting” politics and the media with money.

Magda Ait Laktawi

Rabat – “Al Quds Al Arabi”: Moroccan media professionals and politicians unanimously agreed on the impossibility of promoting democratic construction without a professional media that enjoys quality and defends freedoms and rights, pointing out that media and democracy have always been in one is attached and collaborated. direction, in key periods of Morocco’s modern history, towards the expansion of space democracy and the acceptance of a set of rights and freedoms at different levels.
During a seminar organized in Rabat by the opposition Progress and Socialism Party on the subject of “media and democratic construction”, the speakers highlighted that despite the positive aspects of social media and the revolution that has taken place in this area, it is not possible. to compare between a virtual world that is not subject to any controls, dominates fake news and fake accounts, as opposed to a field dedicated to full-time professionals to verify information and pass it on to the citizen in all honesty carry, emphasizing that the virtual world can not replace the real media.
Nabil Benabdellah, Secretary-General of the Party of Progress and Socialism, said that despite the circumstances that have characterized recent decades, the work between the political and the media has always been joint and the goals too, which were focused on expanding the democratic space so that politicians and the media enjoy the appropriate conditions to carry out their tasks, “when the work was done together, we achieved common goals, and we were able to create a positive atmosphere in the media, human rights and the level of freedom, ”according to the speaker’s expression.
The Moroccan politician and former minister went on to say: “We have not achieved all the goals, and there is still decay and negative aspects related to the political or media space. Instead of continuing, we have a “The two spaces have become more obedient, not alive, and are not expressed in a free and independent way as before.”
The Secretary-General of the “Party of Progress and Socialism” criticized the rise of practices in the rise of the financial world in a way we have not seen before at this level, and rejected what he called “money which seeks to bring the media “. on his knees, which could lead to a very dangerous level for our country and our democracy, “as he put it, considering that all He stands on one branch. If it breaks, the media, politics and democracy everything falls.
The spokesman expressed his concern and surprise at the fact that the political, legal, democratic and professional dictionary related to the media is completely absent in the language of the current government, and wonders about the reason behind the scarcity of topics to to speak and exalt and to seek bold reforms. .
Abdullah Al-Baqali, head of the National Union of Moroccan Press, pointed out that it is difficult to talk about building a democratic state and the rule of law without real media, a path in which Morocco has made progress has and the path of reform is still going on.
According to Al-Baqali, the media faces two adversaries, including the traditional concept of media with a limited role, in the form of public media, in addition to the real risks posed by the transformations taking place in the field of communication, which , despite their positivity, clash with the new phenomenon of influencers and influences, as the “influencer” industry within Moroccan society was previously subject to higher standards and standards and to a long academic path and a high literary and to undergo cultural production, unlike today, where it has become itself and without the content it presents being subject to investigation, monitoring, or knowing how to produce it.
“We are facing a new phenomenon that poses a great danger to the democratic building and the democratic process,” the Moroccan trade unionist explained, stressing the need to curb the bad and the bad by producing media content. which is a proportionate part of the expressed desires and expectations.
The head of the Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Noureddine Miftah, said that professional journalism is a new idea that arose with a generation that lived with the democratic transition, during which the media is in a fragile situation and is affected. be by the conditions that every historical moment.
He stressed the need to support and keep pace with the economics of the journalistic enterprise in a changing world, and stressed that special studies should be conducted for those periods to determine the extent of their impact on the current state of the media. measure.
Producer and media expert, Mustafa Malluk, stressed that the Moroccan citizen has become a programmer for himself, and uses the internet for the number of hours he wants and controls what he wants to watch. He went back 30 years, when Moroccans had one channel and one radio, and when the second channel was launched in 1988, it was a coup that opened up a number of fields, and the television platform was opened to politicians who were angry at they.
The expert recommended that the Moroccan media keep pace with the changes in the world in this area by making the necessary investments to have a media system capable of resisting external influences, and stressed the need for media to have sovereignty so that it is not imposed from the outside.
Molouk stressed the importance of setting a clear vision for investment in the media field, by providing content at a level that will attract follow-up at local and international levels, as countries’ channels and media contribute to its promotion in terms of tourism and economy.
Karim al-Taj, a member of the Political Bureau of the Party of Progress and Socialism, said the first decade of the new millennium witnessed the launch of a number of open reform workshops accompanied by the written media, which in abundance, activity, daring and keeping pace with the path of reform, and used the weapon of freedom to expand the margin of freedom.
In the speaker’s view, the dangers to democracy in Morocco are manifested in moving away from the spirit of the constitution and to formal democracy, in addition to polluting politics with money, and combining politics with money and normalizing it. He concluded that democratization of the media is part of the democratization of society, and pointed to the need to renew the same reform, embrace public discussion of basic issues and improve media presentation.

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