Arts 2015
18 Mar 2015

ArtThe 2015 Freedom of Expression Arts Award-winner is rapper Mouad “El Haqed” Belghouat, has not only seen his songs censored and his album banned but has also been imprisoned in his homeland Morocco three times since 2011.

Belghouat’s music publicises widespread poverty and rails against endemic government corruption in Morocco, where he is banned from performing publicly.

“The Index award has shown Moroccan authorities that you can’t stop me. The more of an effort they make to silence me, the more my voice arrives everywhere.” — El Haqed

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Index Awards: El Haqed still has a bad rap with the Moroccan authorities

Moroccan authorities have repeatedly prevented Mouad “El Haqed” Belghouat from performing in the country. So yet again, he turns to Europe

“I feel strong”: Moroccan rapper El Haqed defiant after concert is shut down by police

A former Index Youth Advisory Board member travelled to Casablanca to see Moroccan rapper El Haqed’s first concert in the country. This is her account of the police crackdown that silenced the performance

Morocco: Police block concert by Index award-winning rapper El Haqed

Index calls on Moroccan authorities to respect freedom of expression by allowing Mouad “El Haqed” Belghouat and other artists to freely perform in the country

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