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Jennifer Lopez concert: Morocco TV channel escapes censure

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Image caption The singer had previously performed in Morocco without any trouble

A Moroccan TV channel has escaped sanctions after broadcasting a controversial Jennifer Lopez concert.

The country's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane ordered an investigation following Lopez's "sexually suggestive" performance at a music festival which aired on public television channel 2M.

He said the show violated Morocco's laws, and called for sanctions against the channel's management.

But the media regulator said the request was outside its remit.

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Image caption Mr Benkirane said the singer's performance was 'indecent and provocative'

The American pop star's show at Mawazine festival in Rabat on 29 May sparked controversy among local media in the highly conservative Muslim country.

Writing to the president of High Audiovisual Communication Authority (HACA), Mr Benkirane demanded the regulator "take legal measures against those responsible".

He said 2M's management had "failed to intervene and stop the broadcast of the disgraceful scenes" as the concert was shown without a time delay.

The performance's "sexual overtones" were "indecent and provocative to the religious and moral values of Moroccan society," he added.

But HACA ruled that the Prime Minister's application "was inadmissible in form, because it does not fall within the scope" of the regulator's mission, which was to "address issues related to the audiovisual sector as a whole and not on specific cases".

Lopez has performed in Morocco before without trouble. However, May's gig was her first televised show.

According to TMZ an educational group is also suing the singer over the performance, claiming she "disturbed public order and tarnished women's honour and respect".

Should Lopez and her promoter be prosecuted, the sentence could be up to two years in prison.

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