• Tunisia and Egypt: Music censorship after the Spring

    ‘The Cultural Spring’ in Tunisia and Egypt: Musicians are pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. By Victor Salama   While some Arab countries saw political changes in 2011 – president Ben Ali was ousted from power after ruling Tunisia for 24 years, Hosni Mubarak was deposed after ruling Egypt for 30 years – many cultural […]
  • Tunisia: Interview with Klay BBJ, the rapper who was jailed for hating everything

    The Tunisian rappers Klay BBJ and Weld el 15 were sentenced to jail after a performance that was deemed to be too critical of the nation’s police force. The government’s harsh treatment of the rapper gained international attention. Initially sentenced to 21 months in jail, Klay was freed on October 17 after an appeal hearing. […]
  • Tunisia: New union to defend rappers’ freedom of expression

    Tunisian rap artists have launched a labour union to defend their interests and promote their art. The ‘National Rap Union’ will be linked to the General Confederation of Tunisian Workers and intends to “raise the level of urgency of files concerning the defence of freedom of expression.” This was reported by Magharebia on 15 October […]
  • Tunisia: Two rappers convicted to 21 months in prison

    Two Tunisian rappers, Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ, have been given 21 month jail terms in absentia for insulting officials, their lawyer said on 4 September 2013, criticising the ruling as a new attack on freedom of expression. Weld El 15 This was reported by AFP. The trial took place on 30 August 2013 […]
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