The use of notables’ distinctions in Morocco: banned

    Morocco’s Justice and Interior Ministries have banned the printing, distribution or the carrying of “honor badges.” The ban was justified on the grounds that such acts are illegitimate and violate the Moroccan law. Subsequently, the government issued instruction to hold anyone who prints, distributes or carries these badges
2015-03-29

Mohamed Benaziz

Moroccan journalist and filmmaker


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    Morocco’s Justice and Interior Ministries have banned the printing, distribution or the carrying of “honor badges.” The ban was justified on the grounds that such acts are illegitimate and violate the Moroccan law. Subsequently, the government issued instruction to hold anyone who prints, distributes or carries these badges accountable. 
But what exactly do these badges mean? When has their use started and how can we explain it in the wider social context?
A green card with a combination of royal, religious and national symbols, the “badge of honor” is inserted by people on the front of their cars. The badge reads: “He who carries this badge shall be respected and admired.”

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