Moroccan journalist sentenced to jail over tweet

Journalist Omar Radi was ordered to pay a fine of 500 dirhams ($52). (Photo credit: CFImedias / YouTube)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Moroccan journalist sentenced to jail over tweet

  • A court in the Casablanca district of Ain Sebaa also ordered Radi to pay a fine of 500 dirhams ($52)
  • The ruling was immediately criticized by Amnesty International

RABAT: Moroccan journalist and human rights activist Omar Radi said Tuesday he had been handed a four-month suspended sentence for criticizing a judge in a tweet.
A court in the Casablanca district of Ain Sebaa also ordered Radi to pay a fine of 500 dirhams ($52), said the journalist, who reported the verdict in a tweet as courts in Morocco are closed to the public under measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“I had expected the trial to be scrapped. It is an attack on my freedom of expression,” Radi told AFP, adding that he will appeal the verdict.
The ruling was immediately criticized by Amnesty International, which urged Moroccan authorities to quash the sentence.
“Even though today’s verdict means Radi won’t serve time in prison, he should never have been put on trial in the first place or sentenced for expressing peaceful views on social media,” Amnesty’s regional director Heba Morayef said in a statement.
“This sentence reinforces the message that anyone in Morocco who stands up for human rights will be punished.”
In April last year, Radi criticized judge Lahcen Tolfi after he upheld sentences of up to 20 years in jail against leaders of a protest movement that rocked the country’s north in 2016 and 2017.
Radi was detained briefly in December and charged with “insulting magistrates” before being released following a social media outcry over his arrest.


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank awards media duties to Carat

Updated 28 October 2020

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank awards media duties to Carat

  • Carat’s approach will both complement our in-house digital marketing

DUBAI: Carat MENA has been awarded the offline media responsibilities for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading regional Islamic financial services group that serves more than a million customers through a distribution network in the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Sudan and the UK.

The agency’s strength in strategic planning across media touchpoints and a data-driven, consumer-centric mindset provided by M1, Dentsu’s proprietary research tool, were said to be critical factors in the decision to select it for the role.

“This is a pivotal time for ADIB as we accelerate our evolution in becoming a market-leading digital bank by challenging old ways of doing things and pioneering the new,” said Inas Abou Salem, the bank’s global head of marketing, communications and branding.

“Carat’s approach will both complement our in-house digital marketing, while driving our offline media with the data-driven approach and strategic vision needed to drive consistent value for our customers.”

Ramzy Abouchacra, the CEO of Carat MENA, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ADIB, integrating the best of our agency capabilities to support their digital transformation.

“Their ambition to innovate banking in the Middle East is exciting and clearly aligned with our ambition to redefine the role that media plays in driving transformative growth.”