Morocco Reporters Defend Article

January 8, 2007

Author: Richard Hamilton

Source: BBC News

A Moroccan magazine editor accused of defaming Islam and damaging morality by printing articles about religious jokes has defended his position in court.

Nichane magazine's Driss Ksikes, who is on trial in Casablanca with magazine journalist Sanaa al-Aji, denied the articles were intended be offensive.

The prosecutor urged sentences of three to five years, saying journalists must balance liberties and responsibilities.

The judges have retired and a verdict is expected later this month.