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Morocco: Freemuse calls for release of imprisoned rapper

15 February 2015

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. …

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Morocco: Take action against the prosecution of rapper El Haqed

3 February 2015

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 …

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Campaigns and support to musicians

28 January 2015

Freemuse initiates and organises several campaigns and advocacy initiatives for musicians and composers at risk. Freemuse has also provided substantial support to persecuted and prosecuted artists. Current Freemuse campaigns Currently Freemuse (openly) campaigns for the release of the following artists. Other cases are under investigation or involve non-public actions. Mehdi …

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Morocco: 17-year-old rapper released after three months imprisonment

13 November 2014

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, …

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Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws

2 October 2014

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 …

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Morocco: Dissident rapper Mouad El Haqed released

18 September 2014

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 …

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Morocco: Imprisoned rapper El Haqed on two-day hunger strike

18 August 2014

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. …

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Morocco: Open letter to Moroccan minister about El Haqed

7 July 2014

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 …

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Morocco: The government’s “war” on young filmmakers

7 July 2014

In this article the Moroccan filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch describes the background for the current arrests of young filmmakers, actors and hip-hop artists in Mohammedia, Morocco. The article highlights a problem that plagues young Moroccan filmmakers and forces them to break the law in order to produce films. By Nadir Bouhmouch …

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