Aman Statement

AMAN calls for free coverage and safety of media people in Middle East.

AMAN calls for free coverage and safety of media people in Middle East.

The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) expresses its sorrow and concern over media reports about tragic incidents against journalists and media people in the war-torn area of Middle East.

There have been reports that a Reuters video journalist and Palestinian journalists were killed, journalists from AFP and Al Jazeera were wounded while the house of an Anadolu photojournalist has been bombed and members of his family were killed.

AMAN strongly condemns attacks on media people while doing their job in Israel, Gaza and South Lebanon and urgently calls upon all sides involved in this conflict to protect journalists, photoreporters and tv crews and facilitate them in reporting from conflict zones.

AMAN joins forces with other news agency alliances and media groups in protecting the free press coverage and the safety of journalists in war-torn areas.


The Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has announced that Mr. Fouad Arif has been appointed Director General of MAP, succeeding Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, who passed away last month.

Mr. Arif also holds the Presidency of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA), with which AMAN had signed a cooperation agreement.

The new MAP Director General is a holder of a diploma of Higher Specialised Studies from the King Fahd Higher School of Translation in Tangier, obtained in 1993.    

He started his career as a journalist at MAP in 1994, before serving in various posts within the Agency. He held the post of International Editor-in-Chief, before being appointed Head of MAP�s office in Paris, then in Washington as Director of the North America pole.

Mr Arif was elected in 2018 as Secretary General of the National Press Club (NPC), in Washington D.C., one of the most prestigious press organizations in the world, founded in 1908.


He was advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates since 2019.