Maghreb Arabe Press

Agence Maghreb Arab Presse
وكالة المغرب العربي للأنباء
Country Morocco
Founded 1959 (1959)
Slogan The value of information
Headquarters Rabat
Area worldwide
Official website

Maghreb Arab Press (known as MAP, French: Maghreb Arabe Presse), is a Moroccan official news agency.

History and profile

The agency was founded on 31 May 1959 by Mehdi Bennouna in Rabat.[1][2][3] It was nationalized in 1973.[3]

The director is Mohammed Khabbachi, and headquartered in Rabat. The agency has official international services in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Tamazight. In 1960, the agency launched the African bulletin. It launched the Middle East service as well as the English service on 14 October 1975.

Abdeljalil Fenjiro served as the director of the agency for more than twenty years until 16 November 1999 when Mohammed Yassine Mansouri replaced him in the post.[4]

In addition to providing news, the agency cofounded a national charter for the improvement of women’s images in the media with the ministry of social development and family and solidarity and the ministry of communication and culture in 2005.[5]

International offices

The agency has international offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Bonn, Beyrouth, Cairo, Dakar, Geneva, Jeddah, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, New Delhi, Nouakchott, Paris, Rome, Tunis and Washington. In addition, the agency has a large network in Asia.[6]

National and regional offices

The agency has national and regional offices in Agadir, Casablanca, Tangier, Dakhla, Fes, Kenitra, Layoune, Nador, Oujda and Settat.


The agency has correspondents in Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Ankara, Baghdad, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Caracas, Damascus, El Jadida, Essaouira, Málaga, Marseille, Mexico City, New Delhi, Ouarzazate, Pretoria, Tan-Tan, Taza, Tehran, Tetouan and Tripoli.

See also


  1. Chiba Yushi (February 2012). "A Comparative Study on the Pan-Arab Media Strategies: The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia" (PDF). 5 (1&2). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. "Country profiles - Morocco". Journalism Network. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. 1 2 Thomas K. Park; Aomar Boum (16 January 2006). Historical Dictionary of Morocco. Scarecrow Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-8108-6511-2. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. Mohammed Ibahrine (2002). "Democratisation and the press: the case of Morocco" (PDF). Nord Süd Aktuell. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  5. Loubna H. Skalli (2011). "Constructing Arab Female Leadership Lessons from the Moroccan Media". Gender & Society. 25 (475). doi:10.1177/0891243211411051. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  6. "MAP one of the rare Arab news agencies to have large network in Asia, Chinese official". UMCI News. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  via HighBeam (subscription required)
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