The Tunisian government has sentenced Dax J to one year in prison after he played the Muslim call to prayer at the end of his set. The government has dismissed the nightclub owner and the promoter from all wrongdoing and let them go. The DJ was charged with public indecency and offending public morality. The Nabeul (the city where the event took place) governor Mnaouar Ouertani, sent out a public statement that they will "not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred."
Dax J had already left the country at the time of his sentencing, but the message sent across the music world from the Tunisian government is clear - their religion is not open for the music community to play for themselves.
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