Magharebia (Washington DC)

6 January 2013

Morocco: Jailed Moroccan Rapper Receives Prize

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Rapper Mouad Belghouat

Transparency Morocco on Saturday (January 5th) honoured imprisoned rapper Mouad Belghouat for his efforts to build an "integrated and transparent society", AFP quoted the NGO's president as saying.

Organisation head Mohammed Sadok presented the award to the singer's father.

Belghouat, known as "El-Haqed", was arrested over a YouTube video set to his song "Kilab al-Dawla" (Dogs of the State), which denounces police corruption. Last May, he was sentenced to one year in prison.

He has denied any connection to the video.

The 24-year-old hip-hop artist and member of Morocco's youth activist group M20F is known for songs that focus on injustice and inequality.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked Moroccan authorities to "overturn the charges" against the rapper.

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