Jennifer Lopez to be investigated in Morocco

Jennifer Lopez to be investigated on the order of the Prime Minister of Morocco

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane has ordered an investigation into the TV broadcast of a Jennifer Lopez concert in Morocco.

Moroccan Prime Minister Benkirane called for an investigation after an educational group sued the singer over her May 29 performance which was broadcasted on public television.

The educational group complained that Lopez’s performance had disturbed public order and tarnished women's honour and respect.

Benkirane described the concert, which aired with a five second time delay on the 2M public TV network, as “sexually suggestive,”  featuring “disgraceful scenes” which are in violation of the country’s audiovisual law.

The prime minister wrote to the president of Morocco’s High Authority of Audiovisual Communication and demanded “legal measures against those responsible.”

He also said the broadcast scenes had “sexual overtones ... which were indecent and provocative to the religious and moral values of Moroccan society” and that those responsible “failed to intervene and stop the broadcast of the disgraceful scenes.”

Local media also criticised Lopez for her "suggestive poses" and for being "scantily" dressed.

Lopez has given concerts in Morocco before without any problems. However, this was the first time one of her performances has been broadcast live on television.

If Lopez is prosecuted, she could face a sentence up to two years in prison.

TRTWorld and agencies