News 2014

2014
31 December 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 6 / 2014
18 December 2014
Iran: Rapper arrested in Mashhad
17 December 2014
Iran: 20-year-old musician’s reality check: oppression persists
15 December 2014
Norway: ‘Safe city’ Harstad receives Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid
15 December 2014
Afghanistan: Theatre performance attacked by suicide bomber
13 December 2014
Russia: Court bans music and artwork of American metal band
08 December 2014
China/Tibet: Folk singer sentenced to two and a half years in prison
08 December 2014
China/Tibet: Tibetan singer sentenced to four years in prison
02 December 2014
UN Special Rapporteur invites Freemuse to international experts consultation
01 December 2014
Book celebrates Music Freedom Day
01 December 2014
Pakistan: 26 years prison verdict for playing religious song while staging mock marriage
28 November 2014
South Africa: Call for ban of song allegedly romanticising violence
24 November 2014
USA: Police wrongfully arrests subway musicians
22 November 2014
Egypt: Dialogue stopped by restrictions, censorship and arrests
17 November 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2014
13 November 2014
Morocco: 17-year-old rapper released after three months imprisonment
13 November 2014
Freemuse Award Winner 2014: City of Harstad in Norway
13 November 2014
Pakistan: Women musicians speak out about ‘the gender challenge’
28 October 2014
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam: “Why I move to Sweden for two years”
24 October 2014
Turkey: Pianist tells government not to fear artists
23 October 2014
Swedish city offers Egyptian musician safe city residence
21 October 2014
Russia and Ukraine: Musicians caught between conflict, bitter rhetoric and outright bans
20 October 2014
Belarus: Soccer fans detained for singing song deriding Russian president
16 October 2014
Norway: Seminar about the role of music as instrument for social change
16 October 2014
China/Tibet: Censored poet and exiled musician sidetrack oppression
10 October 2014
Freemuse to United Nations: Belarus should explain censorship
03 October 2014
Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws
02 October 2014
USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians
30 September 2014
US fails to protect the human right to read, says report
29 September 2014
Roundtable about censorship and freedom
23 September 2014
New Zealand: Musician takes ban of his satirical song to court
19 September 2014
Morocco: Dissident rapper Mouad El Haqed released
18 September 2014
Pakistan: Rock guitarist keeps music scene alive despite state-wide fear and censorship
15 September 2014
Freemuse receives Ars Electronica Award
07 September 2014
Russia: Opera premiere cancelled after its composer was attacked
04 September 2014
Tunisia and Egypt: Music censorship after the Spring
29 August 2014
Pakistan: Ban of social media has great impact on musicians
21 August 2014
Morocco: Imprisoned rapper El Haqed on two-day hunger strike
18 August 2014
United Kingdom: Two concerts with Ugandan rapper cancelled
05 August 2014
Iraq: Kurdish singer receives death threats over music video
31 July 2014
USA: High school marching band’s playlist censored
28 July 2014
BBC: ‘Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned’
14 July 2014
China/Tibet: Artists have to tread an incredibly fine line
09 July 2014
Morocco: Open letter to Moroccan minister about El Haqed
07 July 2014
Czech Republic: Exhibition highlights music censorship
07 July 2014
Brazil: The music Brazil doesn't want you to be listening to
04 July 2014
Morocco: Rapper sentenced to four months in prison
02 July 2014
Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court
27 June 2014
United Kingdom: American rapper Eminem banned from show
27 June 2014
Senegal: Rapper faces six months in prison for criticising authorities
26 June 2014
YouTube: Threats to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service
26 June 2014
Saudi Arabia: Edicts on music wade into controversy
26 June 2014
Singapore: Censorship of pop star A-mei condemned by fans
26 June 2014
South Korea: TV network bans pop song for using Japanese
26 June 2014
Iran: Three arrested for music video of men and women singing and dancing
25 June 2014
Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities
20 June 2014
USA: Opera transmission cancelled over antisemitism concerns
19 June 2014
Pakistan: Pashto singer Gulnaz killed by four gunmen
19 June 2014
Morocco: Heated discussions as El Haqed trial continues
18 June 2014
Morocco: Rapper in trial that seems to never end
16 June 2014
Iran: Female musicians banned from stage in Isfahan
12 June 2014
Turkey: Imam given go ahead to make rock‘n’roll
12 June 2014
Azerbaijan: Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku
10 June 2014
Comoros: Rapper detained 24 hours for insulting president
07 June 2014
Morocco: El Haqed’s hearing postponed
07 June 2014
Tajikistan: As Tajik rap gets political, authorities resort to bans and pressure
05 June 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2014
02 June 2014
Egypt: Censorship report launched in jam-packed Cairo theatre
02 June 2014
Egypt: Freemuse award winner interrogated by security police
02 June 2014
China/Tibet: Popular Tibetan singer arrested after packed concert
29 May 2014
Morocco: Interview with attorney of arrested rapper El Haqed
27 May 2014
Freemuse condemns arrest of Morocco’s ‘musical reporter’
27 May 2014
Iran: An indie rock band can play once but not twice
21 May 2014
Morocco: Music is not a crime – free El Haqed
21 May 2014
UAE: Lady Gaga concert censored to respect culture
21 May 2014
Nigeria: Arrested anti-president singer freed, says ‘No regret’
21 May 2014
Morocco: Rapper El Haqed arrested again
20 May 2014
North Korea: Singer who was claimed executed is apparently alive
19 May 2014
Azerbaijan: Foreign music banned in Nakhijevan
15 May 2014
Freemuse meets Pussy Riot: Punk is a great inspiration
14 May 2014
Azerbaijan: Report about artistic freedom of expression
13 May 2014
Russia: Pussy Riot members appeal sentence in Supreme Court
13 May 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2014
12 May 2014
Uzbekistan: Singer speaks out on oppression in atmosphere of dissent
06 May 2014
Belarus: Minsk authorities banned Amaroka band concert
06 May 2014
Zimbabwe: South African band deported
05 May 2014
Nigeria: Popular musician arrested for song against president
01 May 2014
Russia: Musicians speak of censorship, persecution and viciousness
30 April 2014
Egypt should abolish censorship of the arts
23 April 2014
Syria: Surviving civil war with heavy metal
15 April 2014
Rwanda: Singer arrested
15 April 2014
UN Rapporteur receives complaints on violations of artistic and cultural rights
14 April 2014
Cameroon: Lapiro for ever
10 April 2014
Belarus: Outspoken musicians endangered
09 April 2014
Iran: Signals of growing musical freedom of expression
04 April 2014
USA: Open letter against censorship of hip-hop artists in Portland
02 April 2014
UK: Egyptian rapper wins Freedom of Expression Awards 2014
20 March 2014
Egypt: Revolutionary singer stopped from performing
18 March 2014
Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side
17 March 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2014
17 March 2014
Report: Religious extremism disastrous to music in Pakistan
17 March 2014
Freemuse and AFTE to the United Nations: Egypt should abolish prior censorship
17 March 2014
Freemuse to the United Nations: Iran discriminates women artists
17 March 2014
RIP Lapiro de Mbanga
17 March 2014
Artists are truth tellers risking their lives for us
14 March 2014
Pakistan: Voiceless singers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cry for security
02 March 2014
South Korea: K-pop music booms but censors still loom
02 March 2014
Syria: The soundtrack of Syrian resistance
02 March 2014
Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2014
28 February 2014
Violations of musical freedom of expression in 2013
27 February 2014
Music Freedom Day 2014 takes place in 18 countries
27 February 2014
United Kingdom: Petition calls for music video ban
27 February 2014
Because musicians ‘face the music’
25 February 2014
African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014
24 February 2014
Russia: Pussy Riot members detained three times
22 February 2014
BBC: An Argentinian playlist of freedom
19 February 2014
Cuba: Rappers persecuted – beaten, ransacked, arrested
17 February 2014
Turkey: Musicians of Grup Yorum plan hunger strike
17 February 2014
India: Tamil poets explains how music is permitted in Islam
17 February 2014
Zambia: Censorship row over song that encourages child sexual abuse
14 February 2014
Turkey: Ferhat Tunc joins Freemuse at conference in Sweden
10 February 2014
Cuba: Punk rocker Gorki reportedly again faces years in prison
06 February 2014
Iran: Unusual sight of musical instruments on state tv
06 February 2014
USA: Freemuse Award winner Pete Seeger dies at 94
28 January 2014
Syria: Music banned in northern province
23 January 2014
China: ‘Tiananmen singer’ Cui Jian censored
22 January 2014
Iran: Poets released on bail
17 January 2014
Iran: Freemuse and PEN protest arrest of poets
14 January 2014
UN Special Rapporteur requested to discuss Tibet with Chinese government
14 January 2014
Turkey: ‘Rock‘n’roll Imam’ under investigation
10 January 2014
USA: Musician’s instruments confiscated and destroyed in airport
07 January 2014
Israel: Palestinean drummer arrested and dumped in wasteland
07 January 2014
Iran: Two songwriters and poets arrested
07 January 2014
Russia: Freedom to imprisoned Pussy Riot members
04 January 2014
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