Africa News Bulletin

Moroccans support media’s watchdog function but also endorse government limits on information, Afrobarometer survey shows

Most Moroccans want a media that helps them hold the government accountable, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

But a majority also believe that the government should be able to prevent the media from publishing things it disapproves of.

Moroccans see social media as having both positive and negative effects on society, helping create better-informed and more effective citizens but also making people more likely to believe false news. Despite their mixed feelings, Moroccans say unrestricted access to the Internet and social media should be protected.

The 2021 World Press Freedom Index ranks Morocco’s media among the least free in the world (136th out of 180 countries). Similarly, Freedom House (2021) rates Morocco only “partly free” in terms of Internet freedom.


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