I should also mention that there are two forms of censorship. One that is vertical, from authorities. And another one that is horizontal, fellow citizens. Islamists of course, but not only. There is also another form of conservatism. Islam is an important part of it, of course; a conventional islam, not exactly archaic, not exactly “moderate”, but rather contradictory. This form of conservatism also entails a non-progressive view in favor af the absolute monarchy and the now tarnished ideology of Arab nationalism, against the evident cultural diversity of the country.
And the most surprising thing is that such conservative censors are very often still quite young. And to me, they are not less dangerous as they’re a way for many atheists and freethinkers to social suicide and ostracization.
As I told you before, there are islamists and conventional Moroccan muslims. At that period of my life, I mainly dealt with the second category. Meanwhile, Islamism was rising in the Moroccan society but was still unpopular. So how can we define the conventional Moroccan muslim ? I would say that he is a person who follows the Islam of the state and of the monarchy, meaning Sunni Maliki Islam, which is the predominant stream in North Africa. It is not the most radical one, but it is not the most liberal one either, it normally follows stictly the Quran and Sunna. The modernity and the openness of Morocco (that are relative to me) surely doesn’t come from its religious background and it’s ability to evolve, but from concrete efforts of secularization that are still needed. And this modernisation have surely influenced the conventional muslims we are talking about, leading to contradiction.