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Tunisia: Artists imprisoned because of rap video

11 April 2013

Actress Sabrine Klibi and cameraman Mohamed Hedi Belgueyed were sentenced to six months in prison for their participation in the music video ‘Cops are Dogs’, reported Tunisia Live. At the Court of First Instance of Ben Arous, a southern suburb of Tunis, the artists were charged according to five articles …

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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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Turkey: Ban on books in prison cells: max ten

2 April 2013

It is no longer allowed to have more than ten books in a cell in Turkey’s high-security prisons, the so-called ‘Type F prisons’ (F tipi cezaevi). Inmates and detainees who are intellectuals and political prisoners have reacted strongly against the ban on books, and they have launched an indefinite hunger …

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Egypt: Comedian on trial: “They try to exhaust us”

2 April 2013

The popular satirist and comedian Bassem Youssef was interrogated nearly four hours in court on 31 March 2013 for alleged insults against President Mohamed Morsi and Islam. His case has intensified discussions about freedom of expression in the country. “A new complaint has been filed against me by the state …

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Iran

18 March 2013

Freemuse campaign: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given 91 days prison sentence, is out prison. He was allegedly released due to international reactions. 29 January 2013 Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian musician In a letter to the Iranian authorities, world renowned artists …

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Pakistan

18 March 2013

    Pakistan: Manifestations of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture On Music Freedom Day 2013 at a local hotel in Peshawar, music lovers put their voices together to ensure the freedom of artistic and musical expressions. 04 March 2013 Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers …

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Iran: Passport of Swedish-Iranian actress confiscated by police

18 March 2013

The Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam, who lives in Sweden and who participated in the controversial film ‘Closed Curtain’, remains stuck in Iran after she received a travel ban and her passport was confiscated by Iranian police. Maryam Moghaddam traveled from Sweden to Iran to visit her mother in a family …

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Tunisia: Rapper and video team charged for hate speech, two arrested

14 March 2013

Mohamed Belgueyed, the owner of a video camera, and actress Sabrine Klibi were taken into custody on 10 March 2013 for their connection to the new music video ‘Cops are Dogs’ by Tunisian rapper Weld El 15. The video was uploaded to YouTube on 3 March 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5WV4fdllIk The rapper, …

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Algeria: Hunger strike of Performing Arts students ended

13 March 2013

The hunger strike is over after 11 days, and according to the Algerian newspaper Liberte, the students won the first round. The Minister of Culture is now talking with the students. It is however not likely to be the last crisis in Algeria. The students from the Higher Institute of …

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Turkey: Short-lived freedom for three books, poem censored

8 March 2013

“Despite the ban on book lifted under Judicial Pack 3, nine days after the legal statutory period, three books by Umut Publishing were decided to be confiscated,” wrote Antenna TR in the Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on 1 March 2013. İstanbul 3rd Magistrate assigned to Anti-terrorism Law (TMK) Article …

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