‘Murder Music’ Star Jailed
February 4, 2005
Sizzla, the Jamaican reggae star accused of promoting
violence against gay people, has been jailed in his home country.
The star, the subject of much controversy in the UK,
Europe and North America because of his apparently anti-gay lyrics, was given
a two week sentence earlier this week.
He was imprisoned because of swearing on stage, according
to the Reuters news agency, under a law which also prohibits indecent dress or
Despite a campaign against him, Sizzla had managed to
avoid prosecution in the UK over his lyrics, which were criticised for
seemingly advocating violence towards lesbians and gay men.
In one song, he calls for gay men to be shot.
The ‘murder music’ campaign has targeted him for the
past 2 years, and resulted in a UK tour being cancelled, the threat of
prosecution from British Police and the planned withdrawal of the offending
records from record stores in Brighton.
He will now serve 15 days for the charges.
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