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Moroccan YouTuber, Moul Kaskita, Has Been Arrested for Insulting the King

The popular YouTuber posted a video wherein he criticizes King Mohammed VI—an inviolable law according to the kingdom's constitution.

The Star reports that popular Moroccan YouTuber Moul Kaskita, real name Mohamed Sekkaki, was arrested and appeared in court this past Tuesday after he was charged with "insulting Moroccans and constitutional institutions".

Moul Kaskita posted a video onto YouTube wherein he criticized King Mohammed VI's leadership and his fellow Moroccans' complacency when it comes to their rights.


In the 12-minute video, Moul Kaskita describes the king's speeches as being of no use because they rarely result in visible changes taking place within the country. He goes on to accuse fellow Moroccans of being complacent and calls them ignorant "donkeys" who "watch their rights being flouted without saying a word." Offended Moroccans who watched the video then issued their complaints to authorities who arrested the YouTuber in Settat, south of Casablanca—the country's largest city.

The Moroccan Kingdom's public prosecutor announced the charges laid against Moul Kaskita saying he would be, "[prosecuted for] public insults against individuals, indecent exposure through obscene gestures and behavior, contempt of constitutional institutions and possession of drugs."

It is against the kingdom's constitution to criticize the king. In fact, it is well established that the king is beyond public criticism and condemnation with the penalties for doing so being harsh.

Just last week, Moroccan rapper Gnawi was arrested and sentenced to a year in prison after a social media post that criticized the police. The musician reportedly became a target of law enforcement after he released the song "Aach al Chaab" which calls out corruption, unemployment and abuse at the hands of the government.

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A Court in Angola Has Ordered the Assets of Isabel dos Santos To Be Frozen

Angola is looking to reclaim $1 billion that Isabel dos Santos and her associates allegedly owe.

A court under the administration of Angolan President Joao Lourenço has ordered the assets and banks account of Isabel dos Santos to be frozen, BBC reports.

The daughter of former president José Eduardo dos Santos has been dubbed the richest woman in Africa due to her billionaire status (Forbes notes she's estimated to have a fortune of $2.2 billion). However, due to the current administration's effort to clean up corruption, Angola is looking to reclaim $1 billion that Isabel dos Santos and her associates allegedly owe—which she has vehemently denied during her father's time in office.

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Sho Madjozi's Sister Has Passed Away in a Tragic Car Accident

The South African rapper confirmed the news in a statement on social media.

South African rapper Sho Madjozi announced Thursday that her younger sister, Makhanani Maganye, died in a car accident on Dec. 17, Channel24 reports.

A statement from Sho Madjozi's management team was shared on Twitter, detailing that the accident occurred in Bungeni Village in Limpopo. Maganye's funeral was held days before Christmas on Dec. 22.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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