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British DJ sentenced to prison over call to prayer remix


British DJ sentenced to prison over call to prayer remix

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A British DJ was sentenced to one year in prison in Tunisia after he remixed a call to prayer in one of his songs during a music festival.

The nightclub in the coastal town of Hammamet where the incident took place was immediately shut down after videos of the event appeared on Facebook. Many Tunisians were outraged when they heard the call to prayer in a nightclub, where people can dance and drink acohol, saying that it was totally disrespectful of their religious feelings. An investigation was open and the owner of the nightclub was detained for three days, before being released with no charges.

Despite the apologies both from the DJ and the festival’s organizers where they stated that no one had any intention of hurting anyone’s feelings, the DJ allegedly received numerous death threats and negative comments on his Facebook page, which he shut down.

According to local media, he was sentenced to one year in prison Thursday April 6 for “violating religious customs.” He was already out of the country before the incident took this unexpected turn.

On a press conference held the same day by the Union of Imams, the secretary general called for the closing of all nightclubs in Tunisia.

Prior to working as a journalist, Inel worked as a computer programmer. Inel is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. He writes mainly about freedoms, liberties, and minorities' rights in post revolution Tunisia. He currently blogs about films in French and writes metal reviews.

  • Mrs Bouachir

    terrible. this is the problem: If you don’t like the music, don’t listen to it. But it is wrong to lock someone in prison for music. You can’t lock people away just because they offend you. I found the music to be in very poor taste but thats my OPINION and should not affect this person’s freedom. Is this Saudi Arabia or Tunisia? Do you want to be a democracy or an oppressive authoritarian state? If we do not stop these oppressive laws, Tunisia will end up in ruins.

    • Molotov

      If u look at the Tunisian economy, it already is in ruins. To a great extent exactly because of these medieval laws. Blasphemy laws in 2017 xD, mostly backward savages down there. A shame really because I know a few very nice young Tunisians who suffer from this country constantly standing in its own way with those laws.

      • Nurul Aini

        I don’t find ignorance progressive. A little research won’t hurt.

        The economy is in ruins because of corrupted authority. Got nothing to do with this issue. Way to go, trying to diss Islam in a totally separated context.

        Go back to school.

    • Nurul Aini

      Tunisia is already in ruins. You guys are so proud of democracy when your education systems are cap, infrastructure is underdeveloped and your society lack manners and discipline. What’s the point of democracy when your street is full of garbage and trash?

      Plus, if you are so big on opinions, try walking into an Arabic wedding with pajamas because it’s your right and your free will. I bet you won’t do it because you understand the code of conduct and code of dressing in a public even. This idiotic DJ whom no one have ever heard of cannot make the effort to do research about the sanctity of the azan. So he decided to mix it in his lousy tracks in hope to assimilate to the Muslim society in Tunisia. LAME EFFORT. AND YOU SUPPORT IGNORANCE?!

      so much for democracy.

  • if this happened in india..if they insulted the faith of Hinduism…you would get whacked…at least he got spared his life…western society has no respect for Africans..i mean look at the fact that 90% of Africa is still looted and still under poverty…much of the taken to the west…islam is a wonderfull faith…that respects all…how much repect has Christian civilization given the world..none except bombing the world to oblivion..