Rappers in Tunisia Hide From Police

By Lora Neng
September 25, 2013

While rap makes its way towards commodification in the States, it still faces grave consequences in other parts of the world. Two rappers critical of police in their native Tunisia were sentenced to 21 months in prison for allegedly insulting the police and harming public morality.

NPR interviewed the mother of Ahmed Ben Ahmed, who was arrested when comparing law enforcement officers to dogs, then beaten in custody along with Weld El 15 (Ala Yaakoubi). After release, they were not informed of a trial date but sentenced to a year and nine months in prison, now hiding out while their lawyers make an appeal.

Other interviewees expressed their grievances when hopes for an Arab Spring were dashed by ultraconservative Islamist Salafis, who took to harassing a burgeoning new arts community. The state were near accomplices by charging the artists with disrupting the public order.

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