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Visit of Students-Journalists from the Deakin University to the Kingdom of Morocco


In partnership with the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) and the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Australia organised a visit to Morocco entitled “OZ in Morocco 18” for Students journalist from the University of Deakin from the 9th through the 23rd of November 2018.

During this visit, Deakin University Students-Journalists has the opportunity to get introduced into the Media landscape in the Kingdom of Morocco through their different visit to media institutes, channels and agencies.

In addition, the Australian delegation seized the occasion of its presence in Morocco to visit various cities and historical monuments.

The Students-Journalists collaborated during this working visit with their peers at the High Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat, setting a fun social media journalism project.

Besides, they paid a visit to the Headquarters of the Moroccan Press Agency, MAP where they were received by the Director of Information to learn about the agency’s role, being the leading news agency in the African continent.

Besides, Students-journalists representing Deakin University met with the Deputy Director General of 2M, Mrs. Samira Sitail and the TV anchor, Ouadii Dada, at the 2M headquarters in Casablanca to enquire about the wide range of programming produced by this prestigious national channel.

In Tangier, Students-Journalists from Deakin visited the headquarters of MEDI1 tv, a Moroccan Channel broadcasting news and currents affairs in Arabic and French to Satellite audiences in Africa and beyond.

During this visit, students had the privilege of observing the production of the midday Arabic news Bulletin in company of the famous TV anchor, Houssam Eddine Nasr.

The “Oz in Morocco 2018” also included meetings with the Secretary General of the Mohammedan League of Scholars, Mr. Ahmed Abaddi who shared with his guests from Deakin University some aspects of the Moroccan successful experience in the field of counter terrorism and violent extremism.

Besides, they met with the Director of the Moroccan Institute for the Training of Imams and Religious Guides, Mr. Abdeslam Lazaar who gave them an introduction into the Moroccan role in promoting the principles and values of moderate and tolerant Islam.

In addition, the delegation visited the city of Fez where they were invited to the “Qarawiyine University”, the oldest university in the world, to learn about the program of restoration and preservation of ancient manuscripts.

Indeed, this visit has allowed students-journalists of the University of Deakin to discover the different aspects of Media landscape in the Kingdom of Morocco and to get an insight about the relevant common features between Morocco and Australia in the field of Media which is vital for enhancing cross-cultural exchange between countries.