Mohamed Mounir El Majidi
Mohamed Mounir El Majidi

The most difficult issue in a defamation case is to prove whether the defendant is at fault for publishing defamatory comments. But today a French court has ruled in favor of King Mohammed VI Private Secretary Mohamed Mounir El Majidi for a defamation case.

Mohamed Mounir El Majidi
Mohamed Mounir El Majidi

It is worth noting that Mohammed Mounir Majidi has been King Mohammed IV’s Personal Secretary since 2000. He is in charge of reorganizing the management of the king?s palace and the royal stewardship.

The case dates back to the summer of 2012 when El Majidi had filed a defamation suit against Moroccan journalist Ahmed Reda Benchemsi for blackmailing him in a column published by French widely circulated daily ?Le Monde.?

The 17th Chamber of the Paris Correctional Court has recognized that all the words used by the journalist are defamatory.

Benchemsi tried unsuccessfully to turn this trial into an indictment pleading platform against Morocco and its institutions, however the French court ruled in favor of the Moroccan senior official and thus justice has been done. The French Court has however acquitted Benchemsi taking into account ?his good faith.?

The French justice has thus confirmed that although the freedom of expression is a sacred right, it can never be claimed to tarnish the reputation of a person by the circulation of slanderous allegations. For Mounir El Majidi?s defense attorney, Hicham Naciri, the judgment is a victory.

?Our goal was not to obtain financial compensations but to cleanse Mr. El Majidi?s honor from malevolent and unfounded accusations. And this is what has been confirmed today by the Paris Court,? Naciri said. Apparently, attempts by Benchemsi?s defense attorneys and witnesses to transform this lawsuit into a trial against the kingdom and its institutions proved to be unsuccessful.

In an Op-Ed published by Harun Yahya in Arab News under the title When Freedom of Expression Hurts he said :”Law determines the bounds of liberty in democracy. You can argue with someone, but you cannot harm him. You can criticize your country but you cannot engage in separatist activity. You can criticize people, but you cannot insult them or provoke them. Paragraph 2 of Article 10 of the Convention on Human Rights explicitly sets out when limits apply to freedom of ideas.”

source: Said Temsamani

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