Tuesday 9 December, the journalism department of the KU Leuven Campus Brussels invited students from the Université Saint-Louis, ULB, VUB, private students and all interested parties to an interactive press conference with Moroccan writer-journalist Ali Amar.
The event took place in the auditorium Paternoster on the KU Leuven Campus Brussels, and was a collaboration between ICORN, Passa Porta and the four Brussels universities ULB, VUB, Université Saint Louis and KULCampus Brussels.
About 80 students from the four universities attended the event, which was organized as a bilingual press conference with student journalists, -photographers, -translators and –observers.
Ali Amar co-founded the Casablanca weekly 'Le Journal hebdomadaire', which he also edited until it was banned, as the first independent journal in Morocco, by the Moroccan regime in January 2010. He holds a degree in economics and a Masters in International Journalism from the City University London, UK. He is the author of the bestseller "Mohammed VI, le grand malentendu" (Mohammed VI, the big misunderstanding), published in France in 2009 by Calmann-Lévy. The book reveals the reality of the first ten years of the reign of the Moroccan king, and was censored in Morocco. Calmann-Lévy editors also published Ali Amar’s book "Paris-Marrakech : argent, pouvoir et réseaux", on the incestuous ties between Moroccan and French elites against the Arab revolutions.
Amar’s criticism and thorough investigations into the Moroccan monarchic system led to persecution in his home country and forced him into exile. Ali Amar currently writes for the information site Slate Afrique.