I was really glad to get the news: Morocco is again having an English language newspaper: The Casablanca Analyst.
Those of you who used to read the online newspaper Morocco Times (and those who didn’t as well) will be able to get news about Morocco in English, but in a different form this time: the newspaper is published on hard copy. The first issue (Year 1, No. 1, May 2007) is already available for sale.
It is probably too early to talk about the paper’s future plans, but I think it would be interesting to consider launching an online version sometime in the future. (During its less than two-year life, Morocco Times received Moroccan and non-Moroccan readers from over 20 countries).
The 16-page Casablanca Analyst is an independent weekly, but is temporarily published once a month. Written in good English (it is launched and managed by two university professors), the paper is made up of many sections: Nation, World, Interview, Opinion, Language and Communication, Literature, Culture and Arts, etc.
My reaction on the new paper might be subjective somehow, especially that I worked one challenging but enjoyable year as a journalist in Morocco Times, and that I sadly saw it agonizing last October. But I think the Casanalyst, as the editors call it on one of its pages, will be successful if it is provided with the needed resources and if it is taken seriously by its managers.
My sincere wishes of a long life and continued success for the new-born newspaper!