DJ to be charged after Tunisia call to prayer remix

DJ Dax J in a photo from the Orbit Festival Facebook page.
DJ Dax J in a photo from the Orbit Festival Facebook page.PHOTO: FACEBOOK

TUNIS (AFP) - A British DJ faces charges in Tunisia of "offending public morality" after his set at a nightclub included a remixed recording of the Muslim call to prayer, a judicial source said on Tuesday (April 4).

A video of the alleged incident, widely shared online since Sunday, shows clubbers dancing at the weekend in the northeastern town of Hammamet to music that includes the call to prayer.

The footage sparked a storm of debate on social media, with reports later saying that the DJ, Dax J, had received death threats. His Facebook and Twitter accounts have since been taken down.

Ylyes Miladi, a spokesman of a court in Grombalia, 40km south-east of Tunis, told AFP that three people including the DJ and the club owner were expected to be charged with "offending public morality".

He said the Dax J had not yet been found by authorities.

Offending public morality is punishable by up to six months in prison.

Dax J has issued an apology, as have the organisers of the event.

Tunisia's religious affairs ministry in a statement said: "Mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely unacceptable."