03 Aug '17, 12am

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap' - The Straits Times

ABOARD THE MS AQUARIUS (AFP) - A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat. The self-described musicians were among a group of 17 mostly Libyan men picked up by the Aquarius, a vessel operated by French NGO SOS Mediterranee and international humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders (MSF), from a fishing boat in distress in waters off the Libyan coast. "I'm (a) rapper, I do rap music, so I got to get out of Libya," one of the men, Youssef, told AFP. "I have to get out of Libya for freedom of speech, you know about that. Libya is a dangerous zone right now for arts..." Youssef, from the country's second city Benghazi, said he had paid a trafficker he met in a coffee shop in the capital Tripoli to get on the boat. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up "So ...

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