Presentation in Rabat of the book “Figures of the Moroccan press”, a publication of the MAP

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 0:55 Rabat – The book “Figures of the Moroccan press”, produced by the mediator of the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP), Driss Ajbali, was presented on Tuesday in Rabat, during a ceremony enhanced by the presence of an audience of political, cultural and media personalities. Published in French and published by MAP, this work, which aims to be a biographical directory of journalists who have marked the national media scene, is a contribution to “a sociological study” and “a structured typology” of the men of the Moroccan press. The essence of this work is rooted in the proposal made by the Director General of MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, who also instilled an “authentic approach” adopted during the creation of the directory ”, indicated Mr. Ajbali during his speech on the occasion of the presentation of the book. He noted that the first edition of “Figures de la presse marocaine”, which counted 230 portraits of Moroccan journalists, was pleasantly received by “positive feedback” from the majority of the figures concerned, considering these appreciations as a “acknowledgement”. Mr. Ajbali, who recalled the absence of some media names in the first version of the book, noted that the second edition now includes “40 new media names”, bringing the number of biographies to 270 journalists, including 51 women. All the portraits cited in the book have been treated on an “equal footing” both in terms of text (one and a half pages for each portrait) and published photos, assured the author of the book, stressing that this treatment s ‘is based on a comprehensive and subjective basis. During the preparation of this book, Mr. Ajbali indicated that he had been confronted with two obstacles, namely the difficulty of writing about a journalist, whom he considers the person “who writes about everyone but no one to write about him. ”, And the scarcity of academic writings on the press in Morocco. He also reviewed the content of the presentation of his book, written in some 30 pages, where he lists the key stages of the written press in Morocco and its specificities since independence, noting that a reading in the portraits evoked in the book provide information on these stages and on the various related issues, between “partisan” or “official” press, “linguistic dualism”, “the journalist and the years of lead”, “detente ”,“ The free press ”or even“ the era of social networks ”. The author is thus delighted with the publication of this work which has adopted an “unprecedented approach” and “represents, probably, a first in the Arab world and in Africa”, considering his work as “a tribute to soldiers who were at the service of their country ”. This event, held in the presence of eminent personalities, including the former president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), the itinerant ambassador in charge of human rights issues, Ahmed Herzenni, the diplomat and journalist Hassan Abdelkhalek and the president of the Association Ribat Al Fath, Abdelkrim Bennani, were marked by the presentation of testimonies welcoming, in their majority, the work and the approach adopted by the author. In this sense, the writer and journalist Seddik Maaninou welcomed the publication of this book by the MAP, particularly welcoming the introduction of the book which represents a “precise retracing of the press journey in Morocco”, but also of the he approach adopted in presenting the portraits of journalists, focused on fairness and equality and written in a fluid and light manner. In his turn, the journalist, editor and distributor Mohamed Abderrahmane Berrada praised the book, congratulating Mr. Ajbali who, according to him, “has succeeded in meeting a great unprecedented challenge”. “I won’t hide from you that the book allowed me, who have spent more than 40 years in the media world, to discover a lot of things. This book is an unprecedented document in terms of its content and precision… ”, he said. Mr. Berrada, moreover, said he was grateful to the author of this book which “makes us want to rediscover ourselves. It’s an amazing job, thank you for it, ”he said. For her part, the sociology professor Khadija El Gour dwelled, in her testimony, on “the new approach” adopted by the author of the book, which she considers rare in other fields of research, congratulating Mr. Ajbali for this “exploit which retraces the history of the Moroccan press through readings in the courses of the media figures having marked the journalistic action in Morocco”. She also considered that the added value of this publication lies in the fact that it constitutes an “initiative in favor of future generations to enable them to discover the pioneers of Morocco in the fields of the press, journalism and the media. Politics”. This is a “commendable initiative to remind future generations of our media and cultural history,” she stressed. For his part, the Director General of the MAP, Mr. Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, closing the ceremony, affirmed that this work is not a simple collection of bibliographic files of Moroccan journalists, but rather portraits / articles written with many subjectivity. Mr. Hachimi Idrissi also dwelled on the question of linguistic duality in the Moroccan press, which was mentioned by the author, believing that the French language constitutes a working tool but does not undermine “our identity and to our attachment to our country ”. On the other hand, he took stock of the major changes that the world of media and journalism is now experiencing, in particular due to a “digital tsunami”, believing that if the written press is dying, the journalist will not die. , since it is he who provides the reliable information, helps the reader to understand and presents the complete information. “Figures of the Moroccan press”, the Arabic version of which will be published soon, is a biographical directory of journalists from the written press, television, radio and MAP, which is intended to be a real reading in the history of Morocco through the experiences of all these men of the Moroccan press. It is also a fundamental work which fits perfectly with the new missions of the MAP, those of supporting the media sector through knowledge, knowledge and research, underlined Mr. Hachimi Idrissi, who prefaced the ‘work. Basically, there is material in this book to do “a sociology of the Moroccan journalist. A structured typology of men of the press, a study on their diagonal trajectories or a university thesis on their impact on the institutional life of the country, the democratic transition or the public debate ”, noted Mr. Hachimi Idrissi in his preface entitled“ Un travail Herculean”.