British DJ sentenced to prison after including the Muslim call to prayer in Tunisian show

May 2017

Live events sector


A court in Tunisia has sentenced a British DJ Dax J to one  year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer during a set at the Orbit Festival  last weekend.
The UK DJ and producer was found guilty of public indecency and offending public morality after footage of him playing the track in a Nabeul club emerged on social media. The club, El Guitone, was shut down and its owner taken into custody. However, charges against the owner and the promoter were dismissed (although they may be re-instated on apeal). The owners had been arrested for “violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty.” 
Nabeul governor Mnaouar Ouertan said that the government would “not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.” 
London-born and Berlin-based Dax J had fled Tunisia before the matter went to court. He has already apologised for including the remix of the Adhan in his set, insisting that “it was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody”. The promoters of Orbit apologised over the inclusion of the Adhan in Dax J’s set earlier this week, adding that the DJ “did not realise it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours”. The promoters added that they did not accept responsibility for any offensive music at their event, as they did not know what the DJ planned to play. Posecutors have said the promoters should have checked Dax J’s setlist before the show.

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