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Tunisia: Rapper Weld El 15 set free with a reduced sentence

5 July 2013

An agreement was reached to “end the prosecution of Weld El 15 in return for an apology to security officials,” according to National Union of Professional Tunisian Singers. Instead of the two-year prison sentence handed down on 13 June 2013 for his song ‘Boulicia Kleb’, the 25-year-old artist (real name …

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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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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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Tunisia’s ground zero for creative freedom

8 October 2012

The ‘Nadia Jelassi’ affair has become a stake, a symbol of the successful democratic transition of the Tunisian revolution, and could represent ground zero for individual freedoms in the country that in late 2010 sparked off a world geopolitical earthquake. BY KERIM BOUZOUITA • OCTOBER 2012 • [PDF] IT’S 2012 …

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Tunisia: Artists under attack

22 June 2012

Art pieces at the ‘Printemps des Arts’ fair in Tunis have caused public outrage for being ‘blasphemous’ and offensive to Islam. The artists involved have received death threats and their works at the art fair were destroyed. The Minister of Culture condemned the artworks, which in return caused an uproar …

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Censorship controversy at Tunis Art Fair

4 June 2012

Hours after the opening of Printemps des Arts fair in Tunis, a controversy broke out when one of the organisers asked the artist Electro Jaye to take down his piece, ‘La république Islaïque de Tunisie’. (The word “islaïque” is a combination of the word “Islam” with the word “laïque,” which …

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Tunisia: Culture minister defends artistic freedom

22 March 2012

  “There will be no restrictions on creative freedom. It is not possible as long as I am a minister of culture,” said Mehdi Mabrouk, Tunisia’s culture minister, after he had been under fire for saying he would exclude sexy Lebanese pop stars from an annual music festival. Mehdi Mabrouk, …

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