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Tunisian Rappers Unionize


Hip-hop artists in Tunisia have formed their own union, the National Rap Union, which is affiliated with the General Confederation of Tunisian Workers. Italian news agency Ansa reports that the union is not so much about securing fair work contracts as it is about standing up for their rights. Last month Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ was jailed for insulting the police by performing the song “The Police Are Dogs” at a Hammamet concert. Public protest led to Klay BBJ’s early release, but rappers Mustapha FakhFakh and Aymen El-Fikih will stand trial for “insulting public officials” and “affronting morals” during protests surrounding his trial. Many artists in Tunisia are facing increased government harassment.

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