Morocco: Blogger Receives Death Threats

Kacem is a Moroccan blogger and activist whose website, Bahmout, displays a banner that reads: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll fight for your right to say it,” quoting French philosopher Voltaire. Kacem, who says he “blogs for change” is indeed the kind of blogger who speaks his mind openly, making his atheism the central theme of his provocative, sometimes controversial writings. Earlier this month the blogger says he received death treats on his Facebook inbox. Although this isn't the first time Kacem receives threatening missives, the message this time around, he says, is a matter for serious concern. He explains:

I have received two messages on my Facebook inbox, in the first message, the sender threatened of slaughtering me like sheep being slain! in the second message titled ” an appointment” , the sender says to me : “we shall meet at Elhajeb where murdering you is going to take a place!” Elhajeb, however, 15 km away from my village, is the nearest place which i often go to every now and then! This points out that the terrorist exerted extra efforts to find out my location!


In a short video appeal posted on his blog Kacem says he's not against Muslims and that he supports freedom of religion, asking for his own right to freedom of conscience to be respected.

Kacem also says his repeated reports about abusive messages and threatening users have brought no response so far from Facebook who, the blogger says, should take these claims more seriously.

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