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Malaysia: Artist arrested for ‘insulting queen’ with Spotify playlist

The activist Fahmi Reza got in trouble over a playlist named after a remark the queen is believed to have recently made. The monarch called critics "jealous" after she reportedly jumped the queue for a COVID vaccine.

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