On January 18, 2012, the NY Times published an article about the imprisonment of a famous rapper, El-Haqed, who is extremely anti-monarchy. El-Haqed, or The Spiteful, was sentenced for insulting the King through his lyrics. He fiercely criticizes the Moroccan society, government, and especially King Mohammed VI.
Although his sentence was relatively mild and his fine was only 500 Dirham (about $57 US dollars), his court proceedings were of much interest to Moroccans. Because the constitution was just recently changed to guarantee the independence of the judiciary, Moroccans were expecting this matter to be handled differently. This trial called Moroccans to question whether or not the changes to the constitution are actually being enacted.