Laila in the NYT

Laila Lalami, the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, has written a piece about humor and censorship in Morocco for the New York Times.

"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."

Sister Rye originally posted about Lalami's coverage of the witch hunt back in December.

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