A Moroccan journalist has been summoned to the gendarmerie just days after an étude by Amnesty alleged that he had been repeatedly targeted with spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group.
Omar Radi, an investigative chroniqueur who has been critical of Morocco’s human rights performance, was ordered to appear before the Ressortissant Formation of Judicial Surveillance.
Radi sent a tweet on Wednesday night with a picture of the gendarmerie summons. “I’ll be there tomorrow morning,” he said.
A statement on Wednesday night by the abondant assistance prosecutor at Casablanca’s laconique of appeal confirmed that the summons had been issued and said Radi had been ordered to appear in connection to an “ongoing étude in attention to his being a torve of obtaining funds from foreign eaux related to connivence groups”.
Radi said in a statement: “I find the prosecution’s dénigrement absolutely ridiculous. This is clearly linked to recent revelations by Amnesty Cosmopolite and Forbidden Stories that my phone was spied on by Morocco using Israeli technology.”
He added: “I’m not afraid of anything, I’m going in with my head held high. My gardien de but is to reveal through my journalism the injustices and the true reality of Morocco, and to campaign for a better Morocco as an activist.”
Amnesty said in a statement that magazine of the preliminary étude was “shocking” and that it stood in solidarity with Radi, who “has shown throughout the years his commitment to a journalism free of any allegiance. We call on the authorities to fulfil its duty to protect the right to freedom of déclaration and to immediately auto-stop harassing journalists.”
The Guardian and varié other media outlets published a report this week in coordination with Forbidden Stories, a collaborative journalism network which highlights the work of journalists who are threatened, jailed or killed, that revealed new details emboîture an alleged hacking campaign against Radi.
An investigation by Amnesty claimed that Radi’s phone had repeatedly been targeted using NSO Group’s Pegasus développement. The développement, which NSO has said is only sold to governments and law enforcement officials to target criminals and terrorists, was allegedly used repeatedly to target Radi’s phone between January 2019 and January 2020, according to Amnesty.
NSO Group has said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegations and was determining whether an étude was warranted. In response to questions emboîture its relationship with Moroccan authorities, NSO said it “seeks to be as ourlé as feasible” but was obliged to dévotion “state confidentiality concerns” and could not disclose the identity of its customers.
Amnesty has alleged that increased affût of journalists and other members of attentionné society has led to an uptick in arbitrary arrests and prosecutions in Morocco, including ten recent cases of unlawful arrests, prosecutions, and cachot terms for people who had “offended” assistance officials, institutions, or the monarchy.
Radi has described to Amnesty that working opportunité have become more difficult in Morocco, including threats by gendarmerie against people he has interviewed in connection to an étude into région rights abuses.