An anti-Moroccan campaign motivated by hostile circles in France?

The reactions following the suspension of the French journalist of Moroccan origin Rachid M’Barki by the French television channel BFM TV, continues to arouse reactions in the sphere of intellectuals. The affair does not fail to provoke indignation because of several markers of anti-Moroccan lobbying.

The Moroccan-born journalist has been suspended since January after the channel ” received “ information about the journalist.

The parties who sent the report, which specifically targeted the journalist, were not disclosed.

“An internal investigation was opened two weeks ago following information received concerning a journalist from our channel”, declared Hervé Beroud, Deputy CEO of Altice Media, which owns the news channel.

It didn’t take long to make the link between the journalist and his Moroccan origins to stick accusations of “foreign interference” on him, in the midst of a political and media campaign against Morocco, fueled by aggressive Algerian lobbying and media circles. anti-Moroccans in France and their relays within the European Parliament.

Internal sources within the BFM TV channel have explicitly told the French newspaper Liberation that the reason for the journalist’s sidelining and the opening of an internal investigation is a report on the economic forum between the Morocco and Spain in Dakhla.

In his comment, the journalist spoke of the Moroccan Sahara and Spain’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara. An investigation of all information and content on Morocco has been analyzed for more than two weeks on suspicion ” of foreign interference, whose chain would be ” victim “, according to the words of Hervé Beroud.

For many intellectuals and Internet users, there is an obvious link between the affair of the journalist who has worked at BFM TV since its creation – that is for at least 18 years – and the temporality of the events incriminating Morocco in certain media and political spheres in France. and by relay, in the European Parliament (Pegasus affair, Marocgate, resolution on journalists, etc.).

Hypotheses suggest that Algeria would be behind the affair of journalist M’Barki since when it comes to the Sahara, it is the only country fully mobilized to attack the Moroccan character of the territory.

Algeria is not new to foreign interference, it is even its specialty, and France is one of its favorite playgrounds. The M’Barki affair was resounding and mobilized the French press, but strangely a silence was observed around Algeria’s interference in the live program of the CNews channel, by deprogramming the intervention at the last second. of the leader of the Kabyle independence movement, Ferhat Mehnni, yet with videos and sound in support.

The Spanish writer Pedro Altamirano, made an ironic comment on the situation on Twitter. “If the journalist was suspended for talking about the Moroccan Sahara, when I go to Paris to present my book Moroccan Sahara, they cut off my head in Place de la Concorde”he wrote.

The former Moroccan Minister of Tourism and current President of the Europe-Morocco Joint Parliamentary Commission, Lahcen Haddad, also reacted by raising a “visceral anti-Moroccanism” and denouncing a “censorship”. “If he had said ‘Sahrawi people’, a term preferred by Algeria, that’s okay! 2 weights 2 measures”, he was indignant.

This way of processing information differently was also noted by Internet users who spoke of the case of New Caledonia and Polynesia which appear, like the Sahara, on the list of non-self-governing territories of the UN and yet are presented in French media like French New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

The French deputy Jérôme Besnard, for his part, pointed the finger at the link between Algeria, its creation, the polisario militia as well as a certain French press which “is hounding against Morocco”.

“As usual, the crass hatred of the French communist press is relentless against Morocco. Normal for a title dedicated to passing on for decades the disinformation of the polisario and the FLN (the Algerian liberation army, editor’s note)”.

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