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The Blogoma retaliates while Blaise LLorca calms the angry e-crowd

Moroccan bloggers under fire!

The Moroccan blogosphere (Blogoma) is very angry. Why? Well a Moroccan blogger qualified the Moroccan blogging as being still in the “teen aging period”(Fr). Mohamed Lachyab, a Moroccan journalist who's decorating his blog with …his own pictures, gave an interview(Ar) to the Moroccan newspaper Almasae, and expressed his opinion about the Moroccan blogging.

The reactions were interesting and most of the time disapproving of whatever Lachyab had to say.

It turned out that the journalist meant “some”(Ar) Moroccan blogs. He also used “some” excerpts from Hjiouj‘s blog(Ar) without mentioning his source(Fr)!

“It’s an insult to the Moroccan bloggers”(Fr), writes Farid referring not only to Lachyab's interview but also to a column written by another journalist who stated in the Moroccan Arabophone newspaper Al Ittihad Alichtiraqui(Ar) that The Moroccan blogs are mostly futile(ar).

The interesting part in this entire “Imbroglio” is that it shows how fast the Moroccan bloggers react and how active is the Moroccan blogosphere.

So active that the journalist of Alittihad Alichtiraqui(Ar) had to retaliate today, and wrote another column expressing his joy over(Ar) the “healthy reaction of the blogoma” and explaining that he only meant “some” blogs!

“Moroccan bloggers, you have a spokesperson” says Manal sarcastically(Fr).

La question que je pose : de quel droit X ou Y se permet de juger une poignée de gens, sans même parcourir leurs blogs ! Après tout, ce blog c’est pas un espace libre, où chacun peut mettre ce qu’il veut ?

“My question is: how does anybody allow himself to judge a handful people without even going through their blogs? After all, isn’t it that the blog is a free space where everyone can write whatever he wants?”

Well, her post had many angry commentators who condemned Lachyeb, while some more balanced comments reminded Manal‘s visitors of the necessity to respect everyone's opinion.

And I can't help but write what Noam Chomsky said one day, “If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise, we do not believe in it at all”.

By the way, Marocblog(Fr) or the Magazine of blogs in Morocco is a premiere in the Blogoma and it's launched by Farid, a Moroccan journalist interested on “the revolution of the Moroccan blogs”(Fr).

They blog in English

As Monarchy Falters, Islamism Rises writes Aboubakr Jamai, the publisher of Morocco's groundbreaking weekly newspaper Le Journal Hebdomadaire and its sister publication, Assahifa al-Ousbouiya.

In other words, the reasons the PJD is commanding such lead in this poll are related to the failure so far of Moroccan political forces to meet Moroccans’ expectations of good governance.

Jamai publishes his posts in Postglobal, the blog about conversations on global issues moderated by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria.

Morocco: How the heck did I get here, anyway?, asks Maryam whom blog has been chosen Bestest Blog of the Day.
Maryam and her family are staying in Morocco and seem to really enjoy their journey in tis North African country.

Morocco is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and hospitable people, not to mention the wonderful food, shopping and music. And did I tell you? The weather is INCREDIBLE — sunny and warm most of the year. Morocco is also a great place to raise children. We love the idea of raising our two children, Tristan and Skylar, in a multicultural environment and teaching them to be world citizens.

Liosliath’s spouse has to provide a notarized letter stating that he gives his permission for her to participate in the Peace Corps program.
Morocco Time's author definitely does not like the idea!

Excuse me? I understand the sentiment behind it, but this is ridiculous.

25 officers from The Hague Police(D)are in Morocco to familiarize themselves with Moroccan culture.
Well, Myrtus thinks that the Dutch Police is going a bit extreme.

You can go to a Moroccan ghetto pretty much in any big city in Holland and get even faster results….

Gossip…Gossip…Gossip…

The talented Sanaa quits the world of blogging. “for some times”(Fr), she says.
I had an interview with her while in Morocco. You may read it next week.

Moonlight posts a review about Good Bye Lenin, the movie that makes you laugh, cry and think(Fr).

The one and only Tazart keeps the suspense on in her captivating posts about the nostalgic Almanouzi(Ar), and FatimZahra say yes to her cousin and accepts to marry him in some very strange circumstances(Fr)…
Adel is happy, and his “baby” Maroc Blogs is doing just fine.

Strangely, I feel happy today, I have no idea why, just
happy, actually I was dancing at some moments… ah! that child in me..

Coup de coeur

After surfing through the Blogoma, I felt so good when I ended my journey in Blaise Llorca‘s(Fr) blog(Fr).
Interesting for the advices Blaise offers, the blog is also Zen and its ambiance very welcoming.
I personally love the way he talks about food, life, hygiene…Actually, I love everything about this very serene blog. Enjoy!

That's it for today. See you next Wednesday, Inshallah;)

8 comments

  • Parce que tu me fais l’honneur de me lire, le plaisir est pour moi !!!
    Je suis ravi que tu apprécies mon blog. Saches que c’est réciproque !!!

    With Love, Peace and Light,

    Blaise absolute.

  • sacrée Farah!
    rien ne t’échappe même les photos de lachyab :)
    même moi, berguag en chef, je l’avais pas remarqué :)

  • You are right that we are enjoying the journey in Morocco. But you would not think so if you were to read my blog entry today. It’s not all happiness and light at My Marrakesh, I assure you…

  • The point is that mr lachyab is a journalist published on a newspaper speaking in the name of the PJD. As a professional he should have given more time (& lectures)to moroccan blogs. The opinion of the author are also full of prejudices (for exemples most of moroccan festivals in his view should be condemned, some political partis are described as enemies…). I think that mr lachyab has a serious handicap that got him wrong on the blogma: he only reads arabic blogs!
    On the other hand, most political blogs are really full with propaganda and the sayings of Mr lachyab are to be taken so.

    Doktorix……New-comer

  • je viens découvrir ton blog grace à note cher larbi, et ça pme fait vraiment plaisir de découvrir un aussi jolie blog avec des analyses aussi pointu que les tiens.
    je crois que M.lachyab quand il a voulus parler des blogs marocain, il voulais que tout les blogs aient une position politique comme lui, il a complétement zappé le fait que c’est un espace personnel que chacun écrit ce qu’il veut. ce qui m’inquiète dans l’histoire c’est la prise de parole au nom des blogueurs marocain et ça c’est un autre problème très délicat.
    merci à toi d’ecrire ces lignes.
    mes amitièes Omar

  • Found your blog through Larbi’s site. Great intitiative with interesting insights. I look forward to visiting more often. Best of luck!

  • just discovered your blog: great initiative, looking forward to reading more posts from you.

  • As one blogger said it, there is a language divide in the Moroccan blogoma between the French and Arabic blogs. There is little or no interaction between the two communities.

    Unfortunately, the francophone bloggers, though they were first in the game, think of themselves as the owners of the Moroccan blogosphere and this may have been the cause of their overreaction over Lachyeb’s interview.

    For fairness sake, Hjiouj (Arabic blogger) whose text was copied showed more understanding and wrote in one post that Lachyeb has called him to apology and he has accepted the apology.

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