On Wednesday, the Moroccan journalism sector lost one of its leading journalists and writers, Mohamed Adib Slaoui, who died at the age of 81.
During his career, Slaoui worked in various Moroccan and international newspapers, where he held different positions such as journalist, editorial secretary and editorial director. These included “Al Anbaa”, a newspaper owned by the Ministry of Communication, as well as “Al Alam”, which is owned by the Independence Party. He also worked as a cultural attaché at permanent Arabization office in Rabat, before going to Saudi Arabia, where he supervised the publication of the magazine “Royal Air Force” in Riyadh. He also published a number of articles in famous Arab newspapers and magazines.
Mohamed Slaoui was born in Fez in 1939, but he spent a large part of his life in Tangier, where he passed away. He moved to Tangier after having sold his property and belongings in Salé, where he had been living for years.
After graduating from Al Quaraouiyine University, he went on to attend various journalism courses and internships in several Arab countries and met great journalists and intellectuals of his generation, as well as prominent figures of the national movement, who enriched his knowledge and understanding.
The deceased published many books in different fields, including “Moroccan Plastic Arts between Heritage and Modernity”, “One hundred years of creativity in plastic arts in Morocco”, “The Moroccan plastic arts landscape … in search of a modern visual school”, “Moroccan Plastic Arts, in search of self”, “The theatre, the beginning and continuity”, “The Moroccan theatre : dialectic of foundation”, “Traditional Moroccan arts and crafts… creative revelation” and “What regional plan for Morocco in the 21st century”.
The late Mr. Alarabi won several awards, including the Gold Medal for his research in Moroccan plastic arts, which he received in 1983 at the Cairo International Biennale of Fine Arts. He was also awarded the Shield of Culture in 2012 by the Arab Republic of Egypt for his achievements as a whole. Despite having worked with many prominent individuals and presidents throughout his career, he lived in poverty and died that way, after selling everything, his books, his original paintings and his house, in order to pay his accumulated credits.