The Tully Center for Free Speech

2008 Award

Aboubakr Jamaï

Aboubakr Jamaï is the former publisher of Morocco’s leading weekly newspaper, Le Journal Hebdomadaire. The paper has tackled tough topics such as government corruption, corporate impropriety, and other taboo political subjects in Morocco.

Jamaï, 39, began his career in finance, co-founding Morocco’s first independent investment bank in 1993. After two years advising international emerging market funds with holdings in North Africa, the company, Upline Securities, became the first Moroccan-based bank ever selected to manage a privatization project in Morocco. In 1996, Jamaï joined the Executive Secretariat of the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit as a financial and economic adviser. This organization was set up by the sponsors of the Middle East peace process to foster economic cooperation in the region.

Jamaï’s foray into journalism came in 1995, when he began writing a column on the relationship between international financial markets and the Moroccan financial market for a weekly economic newspaper. He co-founded Le Journal and Assahifa in 1997 and 1998. In 1999 and 2000, the Moroccan government banned temporarily his newspapers.
Jamaï won the Committee To Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award in 2003. M. Jamaï has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2005. He was a Yale World Fellow in 2004 at Yale University and studied as a Nieman Fellow in 2007 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

He holds a B.A. from The Higher Institute of Commerce and Management at Casablanca, and a M.B.A. from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He is currently completing a mid-career Masters Of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.