Tunisian rappers fear return of internet controls

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Internet was one of the things liberated by Tunisia's 2011 revolution. Censorship was lifted and Tunisians could once again access sites like YouTube and services such as Skype.

Recently hackers were even invited to hack the surveillance equipment that the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) had employed during the Ben Ali regime. But in the song "404 Again", Tunisian rappers voice fears that Internet censorship might be on the way back.  In an interview with RNW, rapper Med Big M explains why he is hesitant to declare victory in the fight for Internet freedom.