British DJ faces charges in Tunisia of “offending public morality”, after he played a track featuring the Islamic Call to Prayer.
A nightclub in Tunisia has been closed by authorities, after a British DJ caused outrage by playing a remix of the Islamic call to prayer, officials say.
Mnaouar Ouertani, the governor of the town, said the nightclub will remain closed for the foreseeable future, AFP news agency reported.
“After confirming the facts, we decided to close this nightclub. Authorities detained the club’s manager for violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty,” Ouertani said.
“We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred,” he continued.
Ylyes Miladi, a spokesman of a court in Grombalia, said that three people, including the DJ and the club owner, were expected to be charged with “offending public morality”, which is punishable by up to six months in prison in Tunisia.
“I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday. It was never my intention to upset or cause offense to anybody.” Dax J said in a post on his now-deactivated Facebook page.
Reportedly the DJ is receiving an onslaught of online abuse, including death threats.
While the festival organizers apologized in a post on the event’s Facebook page, they said they took no responsibility for the offensive tune.
“Dax J is English and played the track recently in Europe and did not realize it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours,” the organizers said, adding “it is unfair that 20 sec of music ruined it for an event of 2 days prepared for many months. We do not want to interfere in religious debates.”
Dax J had not yet been found by authorities.