Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion
Hajar Raissouni says charges are fabricated and motivated by her work, which is critical of government
Ruth Michaelson in Cairo
Mon 16 Sep 2019
Demonstrators have staged a protest outside a court in Rabat to coincide with the latest hearing in the trial of a Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion and having sex before marriage.
In a letter written from prison, Hajar Raissouni said the charges were fabricated and motivated by her work, which had been critical of the government.
Moroccan activists denounce arrest of journalist on abortion charges
Sep 10, 2019
RABAT – Moroccan rights activists on Monday demanded the release of a journalist facing trial on charges of abortion and sex outside marriage, saying her arrest was politically motivated.
Dozens of activists staged a sit-in outside the Rabat court before the first hearing in her trial, chanting: “What a shame freedoms are in danger, what a shame journalism is in danger.
SOLIDARITY REQUEST: MOROCCO – Moroccan journalist arrested for abortion and sex outside marriage
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortio
Sept 10, 2019
Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist, age 28, was arrested by six undercover officers along with her fiancé leaving a gynaecologists’ office on 31 August after being accused of “sex outside marriage” and “consenting to have an abortion”, according to Amnesty MENA region. Other media reported she was accused of actually having had an “illegal abortion”, which both she and the doctor deny. The doctor and two of his staff, and anaesthetist and medical assistant who treated her, were also arrested. The doctor is accused of regularly providing abortion services and faces up to 10 years in prison. This has caused outraged across Moroccan media and social media, according to Figaro.
She has been held pending trial, which was set for 9 September 2019 in Rabat, but on that date the trial was postponed until 16 September. The major Arabic-language Akhbar Al-Yaoum for which she works published a medical consultation record proving the “absence of curettage”. She was treated for heavy bleeding, possibly a miscarriage, and not for an abortion, said Saad Sahli, her lawyer according to different reports. Her fiancé is a Sudanese academic, researcher and activist. One report says they had been married in a religious ceremony at her family home, and another that they were due to marry on 14 September.
Moroccan journalist denies charges of illegal abortion
Byamira el masaiti, Associated Press
RABAT, Morocco — Sep 9, 2019
A judge ruled that a Moroccan journalist remain in custody after she appeared Monday in a packed courtroom on charges that she had an illegal abortion after becoming pregnant while single.
The case has gained attention among journalists and rights groups.
The 28-year-old Hajar Raissouni has been jailed since Aug. 31. She denies having had an abortion and claims she was married to her Sudanese fiancé under Islamic law. The fiancé, a gynecologist and two others also were jailed.
Moroccan journalist arrested on abortion charges
Rights groups urge authorities to release Hajar Raissouni
Sep 6, 2019
Rights groups urged Moroccan authorities on Friday to immediately release a journalist arrested on charges of having an "illegal abortion" -- an act her lawyers deny.
Hajar Raissouni writes for the Arabic-language daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, which has a history of run-ins with the authorities.
New Evidence Emerges in Journalist Hajar Raissouni’s Abortion Case
Hajar Raissouni was arrested for allegedly undergoing an illegal abortion procedure.
By Yahia Hatim
Sep 5, 2019
Rabat – Five days after Hajar Raissouni’s arrest, on August 31, new evidence has emerged causing more controversy around the case. A medical report, signed by Dr. Samir Bargach from Rabat’s Ibn-Sina Hospital, confirms that Raissouni underwent an abortion.
Additionally, the medical report claims that this pregnancy and abortion was not Raissouni’s first. According to the report she had undergone a previous abortion six months prior to the alleged procedure that prompted her arrest.