Morocco: Bloggers React to Fouad Mourtada's Release From Prison

At 11:30 GMT, Sami Ben Gharbia broke the news that Fouad Mourtada had been freed. Mourtada, who was sentenced on February 22 to three years in prison, was released after serving only 25 days of that sentence (he was, however, imprisoned for 43 days total). So far, no major news sources have reported on the story, but several bloggers have reacted.

Omar El Hyani of Blog Open Source [fr] reports:

Fouad Mourtada, le premier prisonnier de Facebook, a été libéré par grâce royale à l’occasion du Aid Mawlid Nabaoui.

Enfin une happy end à cette histoire.

Mabrouk Fouad!

Fouad Mourtada, the first Facebook prisoner, was released by royal pardon during Aid Mawlid Nabaoui.

Finally a happy end to this story.

Congratulations Fouad! [fr], the first blog spotted posting the news, stated:

La raison l’a emporté. Fouad Mourtada, le jeune ingénieur qui avait écopé de trois ans de prison pour avoir usurpé l’identité du prince My Rachid sur Facebook, a été enfin libéré. C’est pour moi une grande bonne nouvelle.

Reason has prevailed. Fouad Mourtada, the young engineer who had been sentenced to three years of prison for having usurped the identity of prince Moulay Rachid on Facebook, was finally released. It is for me the best news.

DigiActive is quick to celebrate, posting a graphic and saying:

This is a huge victory for digital activism. Thank you to all the people who supported the campaign, both online and offline!

Fouad is free

Curt of The Committee to Protect Bloggers is on top of things, reacting quickly to Global Voices Advocacy's post:

Global Voices asserts that Fouad Mourtada has been released from prison with a “full royal pardon.” If this is true, it’s fantastic news for Fouad. Not great news for free speech or Morocco, though, that it took a royal pardon. Can anyone confirm this?

At the time of this posting, no major news sources had reported on Mourtada's release.


  • “At the time of this posting, no major news sources had reported on Mourtada’s release.”

    We are clearly the wave of the future.

    BTW, the NYT has been informed, but they’ll have to wait for tomorrow to print.

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