Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the ongoing prosecution of the freedom of expression and creativity. It also deplores the authorities for targeting the Tunisian rappers against the backdrop of their songs, which criticize the Tunisia regime.
The Court of First Stance in Hammamet city on 26 September returned a verdict of jailing the Tunisian rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed, who is known as "Klay BBJ" for six months over the accusation of insulting the police and attacking the good morals through his songs that he performed in a live concert in the city of Hammamet.
It is worth mentioning that the rapper Alaa Yacob, who performs under the name "Weld 15", and the rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed, who is known as "Klay", had a live concert in Hammamet on 23 August, after which they were accused of threatening police officers, and the court ordered to jail them for 21 months in absentia.
The rapper Alaa Yacob was detained on 12 June after the Court of First Stance jailed him for two years. Then, he challenged the verdict, and the court made the sentence lenient, 6 months with suspension. He was released on 2 June 2013, and that was the second trial because of the same song.
This came after the verdict of imprisoning "Klay BBJ" , as the Tunisian authorities launch a campaign of prosecuting the journalists after the success of the Tunisian revolution, in which a large number of media professionals and journalists are being prosecuted against the backdrop of their opinions, such as Ziad Al-Hany, Murad Al-Mehrezy, Al-Taher Ben Hussein and others.
ANHRI said, "This unfair campaign against the freedom of expression in Tunisia is similar to those campaigns that had been launching by the autocrat Ben Ali. It represents a setback for the objectives and principals of the Tunisian revolution and threaten the democratic trajectory in Tunisia. Moreover, it threatens with the return of the police state, which becomes stronger day after day as the ruling coalition headed by Al-Nahda movement doesn't take any action to reform the climate of freedoms in Tunisia".
ANHRI calls on the Tunisian authorities to stop this prosecution, which target the freedom of expression. It also demands clearing the rapper "Klay BBJ"