Morocco is a country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It has a population of roughly 34 million and its official languages are Arabic and Berber.
The Kingdom of Morocco is a constitutional monarchy. Its largest city is Casablanca and its capital is Rabat. It enjoyed centuries of independence before falling under French and Spanish colonial rule in 1912. It regained its independence in 1956. It claims the disputed territory of Western Sahara. This page collates all of DW's content on Morocco.
Human Rights Watch says decades of progress on human rights are at stake because of China — we hear from the NGO's executive director who was barred from entering Hong Kong. Critical voices are silenced in Morocco where 15 journalists, bloggers, rappers and social media users have been arrested. And unwanted immigrants in Japan who have been denied asylum end up in prolonged detention.
Moroccan human rights activists have warned of an assault on freedom of expression, following the arrest of 15 journalists, bloggers, rappers and social media users over recent months. Just in December, six people were convicted; including a high school student for sharing a song on social media. The rapper of that song — Gnawi (pictured) — was himself sentenced to jail back in November.
Last year Morocco overtook South Africa as their continent's biggest producer of cars. Since then, the Moroccan industry has continued to grow. Now an agreement between Peugeot owners PSA and the government will see further development of the sector, thanks to a new testing centre.
People in many parts of the world can't travel for various reasons, it's a privilege. But for people living in high-income countries, it's rarely their passports that preclude them. Many young Moroccans are desperate to know more about the life they see via movies, television and social media. DW's Charli Shield spoke to them about what increasingly strict visa restrictions mean for their futures.
Argan oil is sought after around the world for its health properties and unique nutty flavor. The coveted oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree, which grows exclusively in southwestern Morocco. International demand for the product means business — and tourism — is booming.