Ali Amar is a Moroccan writer and journalist. In 1997 he co-founded the Casablanca weekly 'Le Journal hebdomadaire' which he edited until its closure in January 2010. It was the first independent journal banned by the Moroccan regime. He currently writes for the information site Slate Afrique.
Amar holds a degree in economics and a Masters in International Journalism from the City University London, UK. He has been persecuted frequently in his home country because of his "engaged pen" and his thorough inquiries into the Moroccan monarchic system.
Amar is author of the bestseller "Mohammed VI, le grand malentendu" (Mohammed VI, the big misunderstanding), published in France in 2009 by Calmann-Lévy. The book was censored in Morocco. His book reveals the reality of the first ten years of the reign of the Moroccan king. His second book, "Paris-Marrakech : argent, pouvoir et réseaux", which he co-authored with Jean-Pierre Tuquoi, was published in January 2012, again by Calmann-Lévy editors. It depicts the incestuous ties between Moroccan and French elites against the Arab revolutions.
He was guest writer in Ljubljana City of Refuge from 2011 to 2013 and in Brussels City of Refuge from 2014 to 2015.