News 2001

Malawi police shoot protesters
A riot erupted when officers tried to break up a protest against the death in police custody of the outspoken reggae musician Evison Matafale
13 December 2001
Musician dies in police custody
Malawi's outspoken reggae musician Evison Matafale dies in police custody
13 December 2001
Thomas Mapfumo fears arrest
Thomas Mapfumo's promoter has appealed to Amnesty International to assist the musician when he comes home later this month. Mapfumo had been informed that there were plans to eliminate him during his visit to the country
10 December 2001
Il Canto di Malavita: la Musica della Mafia
Mafia songs - canto di malavita (songs of a life of crime) - have long been an illegal commodity in their home country
26 November 2001
John Adams banned in Boston
Because of the September 11th terror attacks, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel "The Death of Klinghoffer", the both emotionally and politically sadly relevant John Adams opera
25 November 2001
Taliban Killed the Radio Stars
Extensive article on the future of music in Afghanistan after the Taliban
16 November 2001
Afghanistan: The hills are alive
With the rout of the Taliban, Afghanistan is once again resounding to the sound of music. But why does the lifting of the ban have such significance?
15 November 2001
The banned played on
Report from Pakistan, where exiled Afghan musicians fear an extremist backlash against their new-found freedom
15 November 2001
CNN "Worldbeat": A Victim Of Terrorism
Another TV music outlet has gone as a side-effect of the September 11th terror attacks
13 November 2001
Khoshnawaz brothers keep Herat's music alive
The independent Afghan culture magazine Lemar - Aftaab has interviewed three expatriated maestro musicians
10 November 2001
A culture muted
By banning music, the Taliban have removed an important force for unity. Article include interview with John Baily, who wrote the Freemuse report on music censorship in Afghanistan
13 October 2001
The culture of conflict: September 11 effects
The attacks in America may cause a change of heart in Hollywood, but what of the other arts? And what will be the effect on the creative scene in Britain? From dance to pop, Guardian critics assess the likely impact
29 September 2001
Zimbabwe: Bekithemba Khumalo plays with fire
Zimbabwean musician Bekithemba Khumalo is having trouble marketing his latest song, which is provocatively titled The President is a Thief
31 August 2001
Barenboim plays wagner in Jerusalem
Famous conductor causes great turmoil by playing Wagner encore at national festival
09 July 2001
USA: Feminist critique censored for indecency
Sarah Jones' song 'Your revolution' was censored for indecency. Ironically, Jones's song is in fact feminist critique and a statement against indecency
30 June 2001
Singapore upholds Janet Jackson ban
Officials in Singapore have thrown out an appeal against a ban on Janet Jackson's album, 'All For You'. The Publications Appeal Committee, a panel of academics and professionals, decided that the lyrics of the album, particularly one song, Would You Mind, were "not acceptable to our society".
05 June 2001
Just chant
Music is high on the list of activities banned by the Taliban. Article on the Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan
04 May 2001
Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London
Afghanistan report launched in London
01 May 2001
Israel: On the road to McCarthyism?
With sponsors canceling events as a result of the artist's political views, artistic freedom could be under threat
24 April 2001
Ismail Turut facing trail
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22 February 2001
Wal-Mart: Market censors and market mechanisms
Background information on the biggest retailer in the US. Some Wal-Mart retailers refuse to carry CDs with the Parental Advisory Sticker, a few also go so far as to boycott artists if there is a 'dirty' word, a 'controversial' cover, or 'explicit' lyrics
01 February 2001
Appeal from Intl. PEN: Kurdish performers banned
The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey
01 February 2001
Kurdish songs banned
Kurdish music groups harrassed by local authorities (December 2000)
10 January 2001
Mugabe songs falls flat
A lighting engineer has been charged with inciting hostility against Robert Mugabe after shining a spotlight on portraits of the Zimbabwean president during a live performance of a popular song about old age
02 January 2001
Marcel Khalife - the blasphemy trials
The story of Marcel Khalife - accused of blasphemy in 1999 for 'insulting religious values by using a verse from the chapter of the Holy Qur'an in a song'
01 January 2001
Algeria: Rapper sentenced 10 years imprisonment in absentia
01 January 2001
Ramy Essam الفائز بجائزة فريميوز للعام 2011 : رامي عصام
01 January 2001
Sudan: Can't dance / won't dance?
Mr. Peter Verney's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
Croatia: Music and Censorship in ex-Yugoslavia
Mr. Svanibor Pettan's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
Argentina: Culture and the development of a lasting freedom
Mr. Miguel Angel Estrella's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music
Mr. Naim Majrouh's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation
Mr. Hans Skaarup's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
United Kingdom: Britain at War
Mr. Martin Cloonan's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
The Situation of Musicians in the Arab World
Mr. Bashar Shammout's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
USA: The Marilyn Manson Saga
Ms. Nina Crowley's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
Mauritania: A Letter From Maalouma
Ms. Maalouma Meida Mint's speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001
South Korea: Enhanced censorship on cultural contents
01 January 2001
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