The Moroccan government denies the Amnesty International’s claim that they have spied on journalist Omar Radi using Israeli technology, said a Reuters report.
NSO Group’s spyware, Pegasus was used by the Moroccan government to spy on Radi, claimed the international organization.
“The attacks occurred over a period when Radi was being repeatedly harassed by the Moroccan authorities,” said Amnesty.
Furthermore, one of the attacks took place days after NSO “pledged to stop its products” from being used in human rights abuses, said Amnesty.
Authorities demanded Amnesty to provide “material evidence” of its claims, said MEO. In order to “take action to preserve the rights of its citizens.”
In addition to its statement, they said that Amnesty International has not yet contacted them.
“Part of the agenda is linked to parties that harbor hate to the Kingdom,” reported Morocco’s State media, MAP.
The report also serves the agenda of other competitors in the “intelligence equipment” market, said MAP.
In 2019, Amnesty International published a report about the Moroccan government’s use of spyware against two human rights defender.
On June 22nd, the organization published another report saying that Morocco is using the same spyware to spy on Radi.
The spyware automatically redirects the target’s browser to sites “under the attackers’ control”, said Amnesty in its report. In addition, the victim most likely doesn’t know what is happening.
Omar Radi’s Interrogation After Amnesty’s Claims
Radi was not surprised by the “apparent surveillance” by the Moroccan government, as per a VOA news report.
“The situation of journalists in Morocco is very tough,” he told VOA on a separate report. In fact, one can face charges, trials and “invisible threats” like calling editors so that they will not hire you.
Two days after Amnesty’s report was published, Radi was called by the police and interrogated.
The police said he was summoned on suspicion of “obtaining funds from foreign sources”, said VOA.
Radi declined to comment on the interrogation due to it being confidential. Although he described them as “ridiculous”, said Reuters.