An artist has been arrested for allegedly 'insulting' a Malaysian queen via a Spotify playlist.
Malaysian artists have it tough out there!
Fahmi Reza, a graphic artist, was arrested in Malaysia this week for allegedly insulting Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah by creating a Spotify playlist featuring songs that included the word "jealousy" alongside an image of the Queen.
According to Malaysian police, Reza breached the country's sedition and communications laws by mocking the queen's Instagram account.
Reza's Facebook page also included a connection to the playlist, police criminal investigations director Huzir Mohamed told the Guardian.
The playlist was created in response to a brief spat on the queen's Instagram account, which started when a follower inquired if all palace chefs were vaccinated, and the account responded by asking whether the follower was "jealous," according to local media.
The account was momentarily deactivated, and when it was restored, the comment was absent.
Reza has also come into conflict with Malaysian authorities, evading a jail term for portraying a former prime minister as a clown. Reza's sentence was commuted later.