• Tunisia: Musicians confronted with censorship and repression

    Of Tunisia’s entire artistic community, the musicians – and in particular urban rappers – have borne the brunt of the state’s censorship and repression. A wide legal arsenal has been used to drag musicians into court and throw them unceremoniously into gaol. By Daniel Brown     ARTSFREEDOM | INSIGHT In Tunisia, there are two kinds […]
  • Tunisia: Rapper Klay BBJ released from custody

    The Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ was released from custody on 21 October 2015 after having been detained over the weekend on suspicion of “possession and use” of cannabis, his lawyer was quoted as saying by various media. Freemuse welcomes the news which was confirmed by Freemuse’s partner in Tunisia, CIHRS. “He has just been released, […]
  • Tunisia: Calls for the release of arrested rapper Klay BBJ

    On 17 October 2015, the public prosecution of the Court of First Instance in Tunis permitted National Security officers in Bab Swika district to arrest the rapper Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) along with two other men. They were allegedly apprehended for possession of drugs. The news agency AFP quoted a judicial source […]
  • Tunisian rappers in focus at Impossible Music Session

    KLAY BBJ, the Tunisian rapper who has been sentenced to imprisonment for his lyrics critical of the police and the Tunisian regime joined via skype The Impossible Music Sessions, which took place as part of a Nordic Experts Meeting on safe havens for artists in Malmö, Sweden, on 11 November 2013. The session featured music […]
  • Tunisia: Rapper sentenced to six months in prison

    Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ has been sentenced to six months in prison for insulting the authorities in his songs, reported several news agencies on 26 September 2013. That is 15 months less than the sentence he was first given in August 2013. Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) lost his appeal case after he […]
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