Embassy of Morocco in Paris, France on Black List
(Editorial Note: “Let them eat pork!)
Although we were invited, Francisca Grunupp and I were refused admission to the July 30th Moroccan Enthronement Celebration presented by the Embassy of Morocco.
Monday I went to the Embassy of Morocco because the official I gave my name and address to last year did not send me an invitation as she said she would and my telephone calls to the Embassy were not returned due to the holiday of Ramadan.
The guardian who takes care of the building told me to call on Tuesday and ask for the secretary of the Ambassador. I went there Tuesday instead, spoke to the guardian and he told me no one was working but to go to the event on Wednesday at 6 p.m. He gave me the address. I met a man unloading sodas and he worked at the embassy as a counselor. He told me I would be welcome to attend as a journalist from Veterans Today and could bring another journalist; He refused to give me his name but said he would be there at 6 p.m. and to bring our press badges. I gave him my business card with my name and telephone number.
Imagine my embarrassment when we were told that we could not enter. They did not have a press agent present. A lady took the letter from Gordon Duff, our editor, and said she would ask the press agent if we could attend. She didn’t bother to come back to us. A man from the embassy went to get the press agent and did nothing.
In today’s world, Morocco, which depends on tourism, should be pleased to welcome journalists.
The man I met at the embassy did not keep his word and caused me embarrassment after FrancIsca and I were refused admission because we did not have a paper invitation.
We cannot trust these government officials to keep their word regarding the event invitation were we received.
Why did the man tell me to come at 6 p.m. when most arrived over 45 minutes later?
I am putting the Embassy of Morocco on my Black List. They are not honorable or trustworthy.