Between 1999 and 2009 Morocco's handling of freedom of the press was of quite a peculiar sort. If fact, the Kingdom's situation was strange, maybe unique: where else in the world could you find, at the same time, a government so visibly corrupt and a space so wide for journalists to denounce it? In what other country was the independent press relentlessly harassed and still vivid, daring and popular? Yet starting 2010, those inconsistencies were "fixed" and the situation "adjusted." The royal palace finally got the upper hand and ended up suppressing what had been a unique experience of "journalistic spring" in the Arab world.