• Listen to forbidden female voices

    » To listen, go to play.spotify.com   MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2017 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – IN CELEBRATION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S VOICES Did you know that… Women are banned from singing in public in some countries? Women cannot attend a concert in some places? The music industry is still unequal? This is why Freemuse is focusing […]
  • Morocco: News site publishes blacklist of artists with alleged ties to Israel

    On 9 September 2016, Moroccan news site Noon Presse published its own blacklist of seven Moroccan performers and artists who have “normalised” relations with Israel, which means, according to the site, that the artists have chosen “to go against the flow” by “unashamedly visiting Israel or communicating with Israelis”. The blacklist includes three musicians, two […]
  • Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

    Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]
  • Morocco: Prosecuted rapper cleared of all charges

    The Moroccan rapper Al Muntaqim was arrested in August 2015 accused of inciting violence and drug abuse through his song ‘Korsika’. On 9 December 2015 the court cleared him of all charges. In August 2015, the Public Prosecution at the Court of First Instance in Khenifra city in Morocco instructed the judicial police to immediately […]
  • Morocco: Rapper prosecuted over song deemed insulting

    The Moroccan rapper Al Muntaqim was arrested in August 2015 and accused of inciting violence and drug abuse through his song ‘Korsika’. He has since been released, but his court case is still pending. In August 2015, the Public Prosecution at the Court of First Instance in Khenifra city in Morocco instructed the judicial police […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed – besieged, alienated and oppressed

    Freemuse interview with the Moroccan rapper El Haqed, who was awarded with the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. By Shaima Aly Mouad Belghouat (also spelled: Belrhouate) is better known under his artist name, El Haqed – the now world-famous Moroccan rapper and human rights activist who criticises the widespread poverty […]
  • Morocco: Police blocks concert with rapper El Haqed

    On 19 June 2015, a concert with the Morrocan rapper El Haqed was called off with 48 hours notice by the police in Casablanca. Right before the beginning of the show, Police allegedly blocked streets leading to the venue and asked the local power provider to cut electricity. The concert was organised at L’Uzine, a […]
  • Morocco: Rapper found dead

    The Moroccan rapper Rifinox (real name: Husain Belkich) was found dead on 22 March 2015 after having been missing for over two weeks. He was reported missing by his family on 2 March 2015, when he did not return from going shopping in the neighbourhood. His decomposed body was found by a group of hikers […]
  • Morocco: Rapper speaks out after release from prison

    After four months behind bars, the Moroccan rapper Abdul Mou’men Al Shuaibi was released in February 2015. Freemuse spoke with Al Shuaibi about his ordeal and his plans for the future.  Back in 2013, Al Shuaibi had released a rap song, entitled ‘zan9a lkahla 2013 Chorta Fe Lara’ criticising the local police, their alleged violent practices […]
  • Freemuse presents: ‘From Zombies to Revolutionaries’

    Music is the Weapon… of the Present! Middle East’s Revolutionary Artists meet Fela Anikulapo Kuti One was beaten, one was imprisoned, all have been questioned by the police and most are facing censorship. But their music cannot be stopped. Freemuse is proud to present a unique track with a group of today’s most powerful Arab […]
  • Morocco: Rapper Al Shuaibi reportedly released from prison

    After six months imprisonment at the Civil Prison in El Araich city, the Moroccan rapper Al Shuaibi was set free on 27 February 2015, reported larache24.com. After his release from prison, Al Shuaibi made a public statement to larache24.com, saying that he will proceed with his “call for justice and rights” in his next songs, […]
  • Morocco: Freemuse calls for release of imprisoned rapper

    Freemuse calls for the release of Moroccan rapper Abdul Mou’men Al Shuaibi, who was imprisoned after having criticised Moroccan Police in a song Freemuse condemns the conviction and harsh treatment of Moroccan rapper Abdul Mou’men Al Shuaibi and calls for his immediate and unconditional release ahead of the appeal hearing. Al Shuaibi was arrested in […]
  • Morocco: Take action against the prosecution of rapper El Haqed

    Take action to help create public pressure in support of the Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – also known as ‘Lhaqed’, ‘L7a9d’ and ‘El Haqed’ – meaning: ‘the enraged one’ El Haqed has been imprisoned on spurious charges three times in as many years, most recently for four months in 2014 amid concerns that the trial […]
  • Morocco: 17-year-old rapper released after three months imprisonment

    Othman Atiq, a 17-year-old Moroccan rapper known as Mr Crazy, was released on 12 November 2014 after completing a three-month sentence for “offending a state institution,” “harming public morality,” and other offenses related to his lyrics.
 Atiq, whose songs and music videos depict the gritty lives of Casablanca’s unemployed youth, is the second performer in […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws

    If the Moroccan authorities meant to silence the dissident Moroccan rapper El Haqed by locking him up in a prison cell on trumped up charges, it didn’t work. The first thing he wanted to do when he stepped out in freedom after four months imprisonment was go to the studio and record more of the […]
  • Morocco: Dissident rapper Mouad El Haqed released

    Having served his third prison sentence since Morocco’s February 20th Movement uprising started, Morocco’s dissident rapper Mouad Belghouat known by his stage name El Haqed has been released from Ain Borja prison in Casablanca on 18 September 2014. By Nadir Bouhmouch, Freemuse Arrested on 18 May 2014, El Haqed was charged by a lower Casablanca […]
  • Morocco: Imprisoned rapper El Haqed on two-day hunger strike

    On 13-15 August 2014, the Moroccan rapper and member of the 20 February protest movement did a 48-hour hunger protest against “humiliating treatment” in prison, reported Huffington Post. Relatives said that El Haqed (also spelled: Lhaqed. Real name: Mouad Belghouat) undergoes considerable psychological pressure from the staff of the prison. On 1 July 2014, El […]
  • Morocco: Open letter to Moroccan minister about El Haqed

    The Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – also known as Lhaqed or El Haqed, ‘the enraged one’ – was sentenced on 1 July 2014 to four months in prison amid concerns that the trial was unfair, and that he is being held because of his popularity and lyrics that condemn corruption and police brutality. Arrested on […]
  • Morocco: Rapper sentenced to four months in prison

    The Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – known by his stage name El Haqed (also spelled: Lhaqed) – has been sentenced to four months in prison. He is furthermore to pay a fine of 1,350 euros to the two police officers he was accused of attacking. An accusation of selling tickets in the black market was […]
  • Morocco: Heated discussions as El Haqed trial continues

    The trial against Moroccan rapper El Haked was once again postponed after a court meeting in Casablanca on Tuesday 17 June 2014. The next and seventh hearing will be on Tuesday 24 June 2014. The sixth hearing on 17 June took several hours and lasted till late in the evening. Once again, the exchanges were […]
  • Morocco: Rapper in trial that seems to never end

    Within just one week, the Moroccan rapper El Haqed has appeared twice at the trial court of Ain Sebaa, Casablanca. After which the trial was postpone once again, this time until Tuesday 17 June 2014. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca Accused of illegal ticket sales, of being influenced by alcohol in public and of […]
  • Morocco: El Haqed’s hearing postponed

    On 5 June 2014, Mouad Belghouate, the Moroccan rapper known as El Haqed or Lhaqed, passed by the trial court of Ain Sebaa in Casablanca, Morocco, for the third time since his arrest on 18 May 2014. Freemuse attended the hearing. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca At the entrance of the building, plain clothes […]
  • Morocco: Interview with attorney of arrested rapper El Haqed

    The detained Moroccan rapper El Haqed will stand trial again on 29 May 2014. Freemuse talked with El Haqed’s attorney, Mohemed Messoudi, who provides new information about the case.  By Daniel Brown   Could you describe the circumstances of El Haqed’s arrest? “Haqed was arrested on Sunday 18 May at around 2pm along with his […]
  • Freemuse condemns arrest of Morocco’s ‘musical reporter’

    Freemuse condemns the arbitrary arrest of artist and human rights activist Mouad Belghouat, alias El Haqed (The Indignant) also known as L7a9ed on Sunday 18 May 2014 – for the third time in three years. “Morocco should live up to international conventions guaranteeing free speech,” says Freemuse Director Ole Reitov. El Haqed has earlier been […]
  • Morocco: Music is not a crime – free El Haqed

    The following is a blogpost from www.freel7a9ed.wordpress.com, republished here with permission from the author. On Sunday 18 May 2014, Moroccan authorities arrested – for the third time in three years – artist and human rights activist Mouad Belghouat, alias El Haqed (The Indignant) or L7a9ed. El Haqed has been targeted for his political views and […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed arrested again

    The Moroccan rapper El Haqed – also known as ‘L7a9ed’ – has been arrested again by Moroccan authorities, reported BelmKaddem. Belmkaddem – 19 May 2014: Moroccan Rapper El Haqed – L7a9ed – Arrested again by Moroccan Authorities By repetitively arresting and beating an artist who doesn’t sugar-coat Morocco’s dark side, and uses rap as a […]
  • African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

    Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform in Cairo – all joining […]
  • Morocco: Call for solidarity with Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Call for solidarity with Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked The following letter was sent as a call for solidarity from artists performing at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music 2012 Statement by Freemuse, Copenhagen, 6 June 2011 Dear artist, Freemuse calls upon artists performing at Fez to show solidarity […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked’s sentence upheld in Casablanca’s court of appeal

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:Rapper El Haked’s prison sentence upheld in Casablanca’s court of appeal On 27 July 2012, the Casablanca court of appeal upheld the one year prison sentence given to rapper El Haked in May. The court confirmed that his police-critical song circulating on Youtube together with a ridiculing photo-montage was ‘detrimental to public servants’. […]
  • Morocco: Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper In Morocco the rapper El Haked is in prison since May 2012 for his highly political lyrics – but so far very few popular musicians are speaking out about this, writes author Mark LeVine in this commentary based on his recent personal experiences together with musicians at a festival in Fez. […]
  • Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detention

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detentionMoroccan rapper El Haked is still kept in detention, waiting for the judge to set a date for his trial. Freemuse has previously reported about El Haked’s arrest in Casablanca on 9 September 2011. The rapper is accused of physically attacking and injuring somebody in a scuffle, but […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again On 29 March 2012, the 24-year-old rapper Mouad Belghouat, known as Lhaqed or El Haked, was arrested again because of one of his songs. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, wrote:“El Haked’s arrest for the content of his songs for the second time is unacceptable […]
  • Morocco: Drop charges against detained rapper

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police Repressive speech laws enforced despite rights-friendly constitution. Statement and report from Casablanca by Human Rights Watch Moroccan authorities should drop charges and release a rapper who has spent three weeks in pretrial detention on charges that he insulted the police in his […]
  • Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police The sentencing of a rapper on 11 May 2012 to one year in prison for “insulting the police” shows the gap between the strong free-expression language in Morocco’s 2011 constitution and the continuing intolerance for those who criticize state institutions, Human Rights Watch […]
  • Morocco: Surprise hearing of Mouad El Haked

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Surprise hearing of Mouad El Haked After being held in custody for three months, the court in Casablanca opened the case of El Haked on 6 December – without informing his lawyers, or his family. One of the rapper’s lawyers is quoted on the support web page: “I was surprised when the […]
  • Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper

    NEWS 22 December 2011 Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper Several web sites has published a call for immediate release of rapper & pro-democracy activist Mouad « L7a9d » Belghouate: “December 20, 2011 On September the 9th, 2011 Mouad Belghouate, 24, aka « L7a9d », rap artist, was arrested on charges of assault and […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally set free

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is finally set free After spending more than four months in jail, rapper Mouad El Haked is finally a free man. He received a conditional release until his case is to be continued in the court. The 24-year old rapper is one of the monarchy’s most audacious critics and has […]
  • Morocco: Rapper allegedly set up and arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## “Free Lhaqed or arrest us all!” states the writing on the t-shirts of these four protesters photographed at a demonstration on 11 September 2011 Photo: from Lhaqed’s support group on Facebook Morocco: Rapper allegedly set up and arrestedThe journalist and political activist Ghassan Waïl, who lives in Casablanca, reported that the rapper Mouad […]
  • Freemuse: Young Arab leaders discussed music censorship

    ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: Young Arab leaders discussed music censorship Music censorship in the Middle East and North Africa was in focus at a Stockholm seminar on 12 June 2009, rounding up a ‘Young Leaders’ training programme. Freemuse’s programme manager Ole Reitov joined rapper Behrang Miri from Iran in a discussion with more than 30 social […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally free

    After being arrested twice and serving a one year jail term for his critical lyrics ‘Kilab ed-Dowla’ (‘Dogs of the State’), Mouad Belghouat, whose alias is El Haked (also spelled: Haqed), is finally free, reported Jadaliyya on 2 April 2013. El Haked’s trial attracted huge crowds and brought international and national scrutiny on the supposed […]
  • Morocco: In jail for singing anti-monarchy protest chants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:In jail for singing protest chants Seven Moroccons have been imprisoned for chanting protest slogans against the monarchy and for freedom of expression. Amnesty International calls for Morocco’s Minister of Justice to release them Marking the International Workers’ Day on 1 May 2007, groups of people were peacefully making a demonstration, walking in […]
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  • Moroccan heavy fans jailed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Moroccan heavy metal fans jailedFans have been jailed in Casablanca for moral and religious crimes. According to the judge, “normal people go to concerts in a suit and tie”From BBC News Related reading
  • Moroccan musicians and fans free

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Moroccan musicians and fans freeOn 4. April a court in Rabat dismissed the charges against eleven (who had been earlier released on bail) and reduced the sentences on the other three to 45 days. The fourteen heavy metal musicians and fans were arrested in February in Casablanca and sentenced to jail from 2 […]
  • The Middle East: New restrictions on satellite tv

    NEWS The Middle East:New restrictions on satellite tv Freedom of expression in the Middle East suffered a major setback on 12 February 2008 when 21 information ministers of the Arab League agreed on a new charter which requires satellite tv broadcasting “not to offend leaders in the Arab world” and to “protect Arab identity from […]
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