I am a writer, activist, researcher, and blogger. I serve as Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and write for several platforms, including Al Jazeera English and The Guardian.
Latest posts by Jillian C. York from January, 2008
Morocco: The Big Cities
Morocco is well-known for lots of things: mint tea, couscous, a film mostly unrelated to the country...And of course, its big cities, several of which were the topic of posts in the blogoma this week, writes Jillian York, who takes us to Fez, Tangier, Marrakesh and Meknes.
Morocco: Censorship Update
2006 was a rough year for Moroccan internet freedoms, with several sites being blocked; 2007 wasn't much better with sites that were previously open becoming only sporadically accessible. Moi, dans tous mes états (fr) summarized freedom of internet (as well as other forms of media) in a recent post: A...
Morocco: Ashoura and Fashion
Morocco is celebrating Ashoura, the 10th day of the month of Moharram (which is the first month of the Hijra calendar year). In other news, dress was a prominent subject amongst Moroccan bloggers over the weekend as well, reports Jillian York.
A Muslim Britney Spears?
As if the media circus surrounding her wasn't enough, the latest news is that Britney Spears will be considering converting to Islam in order to marry her Pakistan-born paparazzo boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib. The Middle East and North African bloggers could hardly contain themselves, writes Jillian York.
Morocco: Happy (Islamic) New Year!
After celebrating the advent of 2008, Moroccan bloggers now have something else to get excited about...the beginning of 1429 in the Hijra calendar.
Morocco: The Freedom to Blog
Morocco is often touted as one of the freest of the world's majority-Muslim countries. Women enjoy nearly equal rights to men, the press is comparatively liberal, few websites are banned, and now, bloggers are free to write about what the press cannot, according to a recent article published by AFP.
Morocco: Celebrating the New Year, Part 2
In my last post, I looked at Moroccan bloggers' wishes for 2008. Here is another look at the blogoma's hopes and dreams for the new year.
Morocco: Happy New Year!
Shortly after Eid al-Adha commenced, Moroccan residents are ready to celebrate the new year. Although New Year's Eve in Morocco is a bit more low-key than the holiday in Europe or the United States, families often celebrate at home, and (as you'll see from the blogoma), resolutions are made.