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

“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

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

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

Just look at these definitely-not-free-speech-related charges journalists and activists and human rights lawyers and pro democracy campaigners face

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Mouad “El Haqed” Belghouat

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Mouad “El Haqed” Belghouat

Mouad Belghouat is a Moroccan rapper and human rights activist who releases music under the moniker El Haqed, roughly translated as ‘The Enraged’.

Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

In an Open Letter to the Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties El Mustapha Ramid, 11 organisations committed to the defence of the rights to freedom of expression, culture and the arts have condemned the four-month sentence served against Mouad Belghouate.

Free speech sidelined in Morocco

Free speech sidelined in Morocco

Despite promising reform and introducing a new constitution in 2011, Morocco’s treatment of dissidents indicates the changes were just window dressing, Samia Errazzouki writes

Moroccan atheist Imad Habib hiding from police

Moroccan atheist Imad Habib hiding from police

Moroccan atheist Imad Eddin Habib is now on the run, after police began searching for him last week. Habib told Irshad Manji‘s Moral Courage TV that officers confronted his father, asking him to bring an end to his son’s activism. Habib is the founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Morocco,

Morocco: Rapper arrested for critical lyrics

A Moroccan rapper and activist was arrested by security forces last week, following claims that one of his songs is offensive to a public institution. Megaz El Haked was summoned to a court on the charge of offending a public authority. Lyrics in in one of his songs criticising the political situation

Morocco: French magazine confiscated for publishing “Persepolis” images

The most recent issue of the French magazine “Le Nouvel Observateur” was confiscated by Moroccan authorities after it published an image from the French-Iranian film “Persepolis”.  The issue, due to be distributed on 2 February, included an article on the animated film, which tells the story of the suffering of

Morocco: Top newspaper editor sentenced to a year in prison

Rachid Nini, the editor of one of Morocco’s leading newspapers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined 100 euros after he was convicted of compromising “the security and integrity of the nation and citizens”. Nini had been held for over two months before the trial took place and had been

Morocco moves for dignity

Morocco moves for dignity

Moroccan youth organised protests through YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, just like activists across the Arab world. But are their aims the same? Jillian C York reports

Moroccan journalist sentenced to two years in prison

Moroccan journalist Mohammed Attaoui was convicted of extortion and sentenced to two years in prison on March 22. He claims he was set up by a former source and a forestry ministry official. Attaoui said he gave him the money — about 1,000 dirhams (90 euros) — to travel to Rabat or

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