Last week, Ahmed Mansour, an Egyptian television presenter and interviewer on Al Jazeera who presents Bela Hodood “without frontiers”, an Arab live television talk show, which airs on Al jazeera, attacked Moroccan politicians and journalists with very offensive and unacceptable remarks.
He accused some Moroccan journalists of being ?pimps, bastards, corrupt and insects?. On his Facebook page, Ahmed Mansour posted a long statement attacking Moroccan politicians and journalists for what he regarded as a ?fabricated story to tarnish his reputation.? The insults came as a response to a story published by the daily newspaper Asabah and other Moroccan websites about his alleged unofficial marriage to a Moroccan woman who is affiliated with the current Islamist Party of Justice and Development in Morocco.
Moroccan media unanimously denounced Ahmed Mansour’s offensive statement towards Moroccan journalists. Moroocan party leaders and NGOs’ reaction came immedately and considered Ahmed Almansour?s attack on Moroccan journalists and politicians as ?grubby? and reflected his ?arrogance and recklessness.?
On his part Ahmed stated on his Facebok page that his offensive remarks were made in a moment of anger, and overreacted to what Moroccan media outlets wrote about him.
?Amid the controversy over my previous comment which was misunderstood by Moroccan journalists and angered them, along with the Moroccan people (for whom I have all respect, love and appreciation), I have the courage to apologize to all of them,? Ahmed Mansour said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.
The Moroccan National Union of the Moroccan Press, denounced in a statement ?the offensive, defamatory and obscene? remarks used by Ahmed Mansour to describe Moroccan journalists.
He expressed the hope that the Moroccan journalist will accept his sincere apology. ?I have the courage to apologize for any unintentional mistake or unintentional insult and hope that my apologies will also be accepted with courage,? he concluded.
Unfortunately, his apology came late and the harm was already done. Ahmed Mansour should understand that he is in no position to attack Moroccan media or Morocco in general. The Moroccan exceptionality in the Arab in particular, is shown by writings and intense interest of distinguished international journalists. Entire spans of Morocco’s scientific tradition, historical events, architecture and arts, education and teaching institutions, mechanics, and engineering, cover pages of international and Arab media.
Ahmed Mansour should understand that Morocco has been outperforming its Arab neighbors for years. Now that a political hurricane is battering the rest of the region, it looks better than ever. Morocco evolves instead of explodes, and while incrementalism does not offer the instant gratification of uprising and revolution. Morocco has become a democracy model in the Arab world, Sir Ahmed Mansour.
Source: Said Temsamani