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Tanzanian Comedian Idris Sultan Is Being Held By Police for Face-Swapping Photos of the President

Playfully photoshopping pictures of the president can apparently get you arrested for a cybercrime.

Popular Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan was reportedly arrested today in Dar Es Salaam. His crime? Face swapping the president. On Wednesday, Sultan posted two photos to social media—one has President Magufuli's face on the likeness of Sultan's body and the other has Sultan's face on a person sitting in a chair with Tanzania's presidential seal. The post has over 5,000 likes.


President Magufuli celebrated his 60th birthday on Tuesday and Sultan captioned the photos "We swapped roles for a day so that he could enjoy his birthday in peace." According to The Kenyan Star, following the posting of the photos, an Instagram account believed to belong to the city's Regional Commissioner reposted one of them with a caption instructing Sultan to report to any police station in Dar Es Salaam. He did so on Wednesday and relatives say he has not returned since.

Sultan's lawyer informed the BBC that the one-time winner of Big Brother Africa was being held under the Cybercrimes Act. The Act makes it illegal for anyone to impersonate another person digitally. If convicted, Sultan could face up to seven years in prison. Many rights advocates are calling the event an attack on freedom of expression.
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Moroccan Journalist Jailed for Alleged Abortion Receives Pardon

Independent journalist Hajar Raissouni, who received a prison sentence for an alleged abortion that she claimed was a political setup to censor her writing, has been pardoned by the King of Morocco.

UPDATE (October 16, 2019): King Mohammed VI of Morocco has pardoned Hajar Raissouni today, as Al Jazeera reports. The news was given via the justice ministry who said that the King's involvement was "an act of compassion and mercy." In addition to Rasissouni, her fiance, her doctor and two medical professionals were also pardoned.

In the court proceedings, Raissouni and her fiance, Rifaat al-Amin, said they had already been wed in ceremony, but not legally. The reporting states that the fact that Raissouni and her soon-to-be husband had wanted to begin their family as a married couple—which is to say legally—had an impact on the decision.

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Following protests outside her trial, a Moroccan court in Rabat has sentenced journalist Hajar Raissouni, 28, to one year in prison for having an abortion and sex outside of marriage. Raissouni, however, claims she had no such abortion and that this sentence is retaliation for articles she has written criticizing the government of the North African country. The events have left many dismayed and feeling that this is part of a political strategy to minimize women's rights and stifle free speech.

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The British-Nigerian hitmaker, opens his set with his hit Burna Boy-assisted track "Location," joined by vocalist Tashera Robertson. We see Dave showcasing his singing voice as well as he and Robertson step in for Burna Boy's parts.

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South African Artists are Against Burna Boy Performing at Upcoming 'Africans Unite' Concert

This reportedly comes after the 'African Giant' got into a heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA during South Africa's xenophobic attacks.

Burna Boy is set to take the stage at the "Africans Unite" concert alongside Kwesta, Jidenna and Busiswa (among several others) in two weeks. Part of the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the victims of South Africa's recent xenophobic violence towards African foreign nationals in an effort to bring everyone together. However, South African artists are reportedly against Burna Boy being a part of the lineup following his heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA.

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