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Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally free

8 April 2013

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 …

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Morocco: Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper

8 August 2012

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.     By …

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Morocco: Rapper El Haked’s sentence upheld in court of appeal

1 August 2012

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’.  24-year-old rapper Mouad Belghouate, known as El Haked

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Morocco: Call for solidarity with Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked

9 June 2012

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 with your colleague Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked …

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One year prison sentence for Morrocan rapper who criticised police

14 May 2012

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 criticise state institutions, Human Rights Watch stated. Statement and report from Rabat by …

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Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police

12 May 2012

  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 stated. Statement and report from Rabat …

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Lhaqed – المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب ال

30 April 2012

    المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب المعتقل إنفاذ قوانين قمع حرية التعبير على الرغم من دستور داعم للحقوق   (الدار البيضاء، 18 أبريل/نيسان 2012) – قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش اليوم إنه ينبغي على السلطات المغربية إسقاط التهم والإفراج عن مغني الراب الذي أمضى ثلاثة أسابيع رهن الاعتقال …

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