Sister Rye originally posted about Lalami's coverage of the witch hunt back in December.
"The Bush administration has time and again referred to Morocco as a moderate Arab state that deserves to receive millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to encourage democratic reforms. American officials point to recent elections, changes in family law and a good growth rate as indicators of Morocco’s success. But they turn a blind eye to problems of press freedom. A democracy cannot be established unless independent journalists, whatever their political beliefs, are allowed to work and publish freely."