Contesting Political Boundaries in Contemporary Moroccan Satire

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The remarkable political change that Morocco has witnessed since the deathof King Hassan II in 1999 and the succession of his son, Mohammed VI, hascontributed to the development of Moroccan satire, due to the margin offreedom granted by the new regime. As a result of this political opening, satireconsiderably gains visibility as a recent phenomenon in the socio-political sceneof Morocco, moving from the shadow of privacy and the clandestine to thespotlight of quasi-permissiveness where satirists tackle issues that had been,not long ago, censored or strictly prohibited. In this chapter, I will demonstratehow the contemporary Moroccan satirical press contributes to shifting politicalboundaries and initiating debate on highly sensitive political matters, and thusserves to redefine the limits of the permissible in the Moroccan press.


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