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May 3, 2013

Hiding in Casablanca

Blogger on the run sparks conversation on atheism in Morocco.


Self-identified atheist student and blogger Imad Iddine Habib has gone into hiding a month after he created the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco, the country's first public atheist organisation. An alleged Casablanca police investigation into Habib's activities arrives on the heels of conflicting reports of a pending fatwa which would 'condemn to death' Moroccans who renounce Islam. On Tuesday, Habib expressed concern for his safety in a Facebook statement.

Netizens who were supportive and critical of Habib took to discussion threads on his Facebook page, sparking debates on freedom of expression and religious criticism.