Artist allegedly insults queen using Spotify

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KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian artist was detained by police late on Friday for allegedly insulting the country's queen by making a Spotify playlist that mocked comments on the queen's Instagram account, an arrest condemned by rights groups as a clampdown on free speech.اضافة اعلان

Police said in a statement the graphic artist, Fahmi Reza, had uploaded a Spotify playlist with songs containing the word "jealousy", with a photo of Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Fahmi, who was being investigated under Malaysia's sedition and communications laws, also posted a link to the playlist on his Facebook, police criminal investigations director Huzir Mohamed said.

The posts follow a remark made on the queen's Instagram this week in response to a follower asking if the palace chefs were all vaccinated.

According to local media, the queen's Instagram responded by asking if the follower was jealous, which caused an uproar on social media. The Instagram was briefly deactivated and when reinstated did not have the remarks.

A palace spokesman did not immediately respond to a Reuters query about the remark and Fahmi's arrest. Fahmi was released on police bail on Saturday evening, his lawyer, Yohendra Nadarajah, told Reuters, adding that it was unclear if or when the artist would be charged.

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