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#tRAPped campaign

Freemuse research has demonstrated that rappers with dissenting or politically oppositional views, often expressed through their music, are disproportionately targeted. There is a growing trend of governments prosecuting and persecuting rap musicians across the world. Freemuse is relaunching the “tRAPped” campaign to continue advocating for rappers that have been arbitrary detained, raise public awareness about the specific legislation targeting rap as a musical genre, as well as the systematic persecution that rappers face worldwide.

INTERVIEWS

In their interviews with Freemuse, rap musicians have recounted their experiences with censorship, intimidation, harassment, and prosecution. These narratives demonstrate the blatant violations of the right to freedom of artistic expression of rap musicians across the world.

Interview with Jota Ramos, Colombian rapper targeted because of his activism

‘The role of artists anywhere in the world can be understood as a journalistic task that records realities.’

‘I am always willing and open to dialogue, and I use art to question many pre-established structures’ – interview with Brazilian rapper Rosa Luz

Transgender rapper and activist Rosa Luz received threats online after she posted an image on her Facebook account promoting a new single.

‘I am explaining the truth and they want to put me in jail’ – Interview with Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél

Freemuse interview with Pablo Hasél, a rapper and a pro-communist who performs “forbidden songs” which Spanish authorities believe glorify terrorism.

CAMPAIGNS

Cuban rapper Didier Almagro was sentenced to three years in prison for protesting a power cut in Cuba. This followed the musician’s arrest, where he was beaten and denied the right to speak to his family.  Join our call for the immediate release of Didier and the dropping of all charges against him by signing this petition and supporting the campaign 

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Get involved in our current actions and become a member of the GAN community, which mobilises artists, organisations and human rights defenders to contribute to stronger protection of artistic freedom of expression.
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