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Moroccan Rapper Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence For Insulting The Police

Moroccan artists have long had to face serious oppression and attacks on to their freedom of expression. The latest victim of Moroccan government and police system is rapper Gnawi (real name Mohamed Mounir) who recently rapped on a track that criticizes the government and the economic division that young and older people experience on a daily basis.

The track’s lyrics cover a lot of ground and even criticize the king of Morocco which is a criminal offense in the country.

Apparently Gnawi can appeal the court’s decision. We at Shouts call upon the Moroccan government to stop oppressing free speech and artists’ freedom to create and work.

One can only wonder why governments are so afraid of music. After all, they are the ones with the big weapons – how much can a rap song harm them? A protest song is supposed inspire the masses though, and if successful, the people who listen and take the message to heart can join hands and tear down fascist governments.

That must be why governments put singers in prison. To prevent such possible damage to their powers. That is also why we must all keep on singing, and fight for the rights of those currently locked up.

Cover photo credits: Instagram/gnawiofficial

Musicians Detained As Turkey Continues Its War On The Kurdish People

Trump and the U.S. government supposedly gave Turkey the green light on military strikes in Syria, again, attacking Kurdish forces, stating that they are developing terrorism in the area.

Kurdish musicians have also felt the consequences. Members of ‘Dewran’ who performs songs in Turkish language at weddings, as well as members of another band, have been detained on grounds of inciting terrorism with their propaganda.

We at Shouts call for these artists’
immediate release.

Unfortunately, the above mentioned musicians are not the only examples of artist oppression for the Kurdish people. Find more examples below and also check out our interview with Lee Brickley about his album ‘Songs for Rojava’.

Governor of Adana bans concert
Police officers wanted Kurdish music to be turned off in a cafe
Batman: “Kurdish songs forbidden”
Petition for Kurdish singer and her daughter jailed in Turkey