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Tunisian rappers in focus at Impossible Music Session

21 November 2013

Impossible Music Session in Stockholm

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 …

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Middle East: Censorship and the Arab Uprisings

1 November 2013

“In the context of the Arab Uprisings, the censorship can be seen as a symptom of governments’ fear of people uniting and has led to grave human rights violations, torture, exile and the morbid murdering of artists.” Middleeastmonitor.com – 31 October 2013: Protecting the creative voices of the Arab Uprising …

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Tunisia: New union to defend rappers’ freedom of expression

29 October 2013

Tunisian rap artists have launched a labour union to defend their interests and promote their art. The ‘National Rap Union’ will be linked to the General Confederation of Tunisian Workers and intends to “raise the level of urgency of files concerning the defence of freedom of expression.” This was reported …

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Tunisia: Rapper Klay BBJ acquitted after three weeks in prison

24 October 2013

Klay BBJ

On 17 October 2013, an appeals court overturned the conviction of rapper Klay BBJ on charges of “insulting the police,” Human Rights Watch reported. A district court had sentenced Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) to six months in prison for performing lyrics it deemed “insulting” at a summer …

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Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

24 October 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 21 October 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Tunisia: Rapper sentenced to six months in prison

28 September 2013

Klay BBJ

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 …

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Tunisia: Two rappers convicted to 21 months in prison

5 September 2013

Two Tunisian rappers, Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ, have been given 21 month jail terms in absentia for insulting officials, their lawyer said on 4 September 2013, criticising the ruling as a new attack on freedom of expression. This was reported by AFP. The trial took place on 30 …

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Book with accounts of artists’ resistance to religious extremism

3 September 2013

Here is a book which describes a largely invisible global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage around the world who often risk death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries. ‘Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here’ is …

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Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

14 August 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 August 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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