The Associated Press reported this statement from the Interior Ministry: "Certain media are taking a stand for certain ignominious behaviors, which is a provocation for the national public opinion. Any act contrary to moral or religious values will be repressed." An anonymous ministry official said this was a reference to newspapers that advocated greater "tolerance for homosexuality."
Despite the warning, Behind the Mask reports the Spanish-based Moroccan gay rights group "Kifkif" planned a conference in Marrakesh on April 15. (No word yet did it happen.) Gay activist Samir Barkachi says his groups wants to repeal Paragraph 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code which forbids gay sex: "It’s a dangerous law that was put in place by France. We’re demanding that it be revised. The law has no right to interfere with what people get up to in bed."
Samir Barkach's blog reports the Kifkif website has been hacked: "The homepage has been replaced by verses from the Koran, accompanied with a photo of a mass hanging. The message in Arabic: 'Do this kind of thing and expect to be castigated by god.' "
Morocco is home to a large expatriate European community and has long been a sex tourism destination for gay men. Despite some some press freedoms, homosexuality remains taboo in the Islamic kingdom.