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“Morocco, from subtle dictatorship to subtle revolution” – Ahmed Benchemsi at the Oslo Freedom Forum

Elections are free in Morocco. Well, indeed they are. The thing is that they are also pointless.”  Ahmed Reda Benchemsi

Speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum, Ahmed Benchemsi draws a subtle distinction between what was labeled as a regional model by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the undemocratic reality of the Moroccan regime, which is based on the sanctity of the King. Benchemsi uses anecdotes from his past experience as the Director of Telquel Magazine and Nichane to reveal the true nature of the Moroccan regime, and to decry the persistent violations of human rights in the country. Ahmed Benchemsi also exposes the duplicity of State media, which deliberately engages in a daily “brainwashing propaganda”  that sustains the cult of personality and asserts the quasi-divinity of the King.

Despite these challenges, Ahmed Benchemsi expresses his hope that democratic change will  take place peacefully in Morocco. He concludes by subscribing to one of the slogans raised by a young Moroccan woman during the initial Feb20 protests: “Long live the King…and please let us people live as well.”



10 thoughts on ““Morocco, from subtle dictatorship to subtle revolution” – Ahmed Benchemsi at the Oslo Freedom Forum

  1. Merci !!!

    Posted by Ghali Bensouda | June 12, 2011, 5:02 am
  2. Ahmed you are beginning to sound more and more like the red prince?

    why do you not come to Morocco create your own political party and see how many followers you can attract to your movement? or is that not democratic enough for you? or is the reality even clearer in that you know it is easier to incite trouble from afar and to critise than it is to engage in a purposely minded way towards contributing something to the society you claim to love and care about so much?

    is arm chair politics really all you are about?

    it seems to me that most moroccans can see what your about when all you can do is critise from far away.

    at least the king of morocco is here trying to enact change for his people. you and the red prince are beginning to sound more and more bitter with each passing day.

    Posted by joe bloggs | July 1, 2011, 3:17 pm
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      Posted by Karim | May 21, 2012, 3:54 pm
  3. i have a response to Joe Bloggs, Ahmed has made a good contribution, when you say that he should create his own political party or that possibly couldn´t be democratic enough for him, we all know a fact that the ministery of interior dominate and already have a pre-results in the elections , just an exemple the last constitutional referendum, it is pointless to create a party and participate in this rediculous game, what we need is people who are able to contribute in a very effective way to save morocco from the hands of this regime, who can expose the facts of the moroccan regime as Ahmed did. a regime which based on oppression and suppression we can´t even dare to participate in it, because as he said it is pointless.

    Posted by Abdelali | September 29, 2011, 6:27 am
  4. @Abdelali
    how do you know for a fact that the ministry had preresults? because that is what suits you to believe?

    there is no oppression nor suppression, this is propoganda to suit individual needs.

    the growth of change within morocco is phenomenal and wouldnt be possible under any other system.

    furthermore you cannot decry the lack of democratic process by not being willing to be involved in it.!! that is absolutley ludicrous.

    Ahmed wishes to critise from afar, thats his choice but its also ineffective and is not in anyway constructive.

    if He or YOU for that matter care about Morocco the way you claim to, then how about doing something constructive???

    Posted by joe bloggs | October 11, 2011, 6:45 am
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