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The French Embassy reacts to the cancellation of the passage of Ferhat Mehenni on Cnews

In recent days, the cancellation of a television appearance by the leader of the Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylia, Ferhat Mehenni, in the conservative channel Cnews has sparked a wave of criticism in Morocco. The deprogramming of the program where he was to appear was attributed to an intervention by the Elysée Palace under pressure from the Algerian authorities.

In Morocco, many people have seen in this sequence a scandal that undermines the image of France as a home of democracy and freedom of the press. Faced with the wave of criticism on social networks, the French Embassy in Morocco deemed it necessary to react via a very short press release, released on Wednesday. The Embassy has denied any intervention by the French authorities for the cancellation of the program in question. “The French Embassy has taken note of statements to the press and comments from the press implying that the French authorities intervened with a French television channel so that it does not allow one of the guests of a news program. It formally denies these allegations,” reads the press release, which emphasizes France’s commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press “everywhere in the world”.

Indeed, Mehenni was the guest of the French journalist Ivan Rioufol who announced for more than a week that he was going to receive him on his show to talk about the fate of the Kabyle community in Algeria.

When he appeared on the set of Cnews, the head of MAK was surprised to learn from journalist Ivan Rioufol his passage was canceled. The sequence was recorded in a video that went around social networks where the French journalist showed himself taken aback and amazed by this sudden change. “I myself do not understand anything, the management has been aware for more than a week”, he confided to his guest who said he was convinced that his passage was canceled under pressure from the Elysée which would, according to him, have succumbed to pressure from Algiers.

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