Moroccans call for radio ban on Saad Lamjarred as he faces third rape allegation
Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has been charged in France in a third case involving rape allegations against him, sparking a campaign on social media to ban his songs on Morocco's radio stations.
The 33-year-old singer - who was detained in France on Tuesday following an alleged incident in a Saint-Tropez hotel - has faced two previous rape accusations. He was arrested and charged in Paris in October 2016 for “aggravated rape” and was accused again in April 2017.
Social media users have now started the hashtag "Lamjarred out" and "masaktach" - "we will not be silenced" in Moroccan Arabic - in a bid to silence the singer. The Lamjarred’s top hit, “Lmallem” has been viewed over 660 million times on YouTube.
Translation: It is time to hear the voices of so many Moroccan women and to stop with apologies and the ultra-macho and virile vision of rape culture.
Moroccan news reported on Tuesday night that the radio station Hit would no longer air Lamjarred’s songs following the campaign. However it said it would poll its listeners to decide whether the removal of the songs would be permanent.
Translation: There we go! A quick and effective campaign!
In 2016, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI covered the legal fees of the singer when he faced trial in France for the aggravated rape of a 20-year-old woman.
According to initial results of the inquiry, Lamjarred was said to be under the influence of both alcohol and drugs at the time of the alleged offences.
The radio station 2M also said on Twitter that Lamjarred’s songs had been pulled from the airwaves following the latest charges.