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Tunisia: Rapper receives four-month reprieve on sentence

27 November 2013

Rappers Men-Ay (real name: Aymen Feki), and Mister Mustapha (real name: Mustapha Fakhfakh) have been prosecuted for their alleged role in clashes with the police, “insulting a public official in the exercise of his duties” and “breaching good morals” – offenses punishable respectively by one year or six months in prison, according to the Tunisian penal code.

Mister Mustapha and Men-Ay

The rappers appeared in court on 25 November 2013, together with journalist Hend Meddeb who was accused of the same offense. The court handed Men-Ay and Hend Meddeb a suspended four-month prison sentence each, while Mister Mustapha was acquitted.

Their lawyer, Ghazi Mrabet, described the decision as a “first victory”. He also said he will appeal the ruling.

The Associated Press suggests that Tunisia “has witnessed a string of suits against musicians for offending public morals and insulting government officials as the country grapples with limits to freedom of expression, since the overthrew of its dictator in 2011.”

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