News 2015

Uzbekistan: Musicians regulated to conform to ‘national values’
18 December 2015
Vietnam: Release of musician after four years in prison
16 December 2015
India: Singer prosecuted for song critical of state government
15 December 2015
Morocco: Prosecuted rapper cleared of all charges
15 December 2015
Freemuse Newsletter no 5 / 2015
15 December 2015
Iran: Music distributors await appeal decision for six years in prison
14 December 2015
Algeria: Attack on famous raï singer’s concert thwarted
14 December 2015
Mali: Three years after the music ban
14 December 2015
China: Concert with North Korean band cancelled
14 December 2015
Iran: Songwriter and poet released
11 December 2015
Iran: Songwriter and poet arrested
02 December 2015
Singapore: Petition launched to ban singer from performing
30 November 2015
Iran: Concert cancelled for having female musicians
30 November 2015
France post-November 13: Musicians shocked but defiant
26 November 2015
Angola: Rapper MCK barred from leaving the country
26 November 2015
Freemuse Newsletter no 4 / 2015
26 November 2015
United Kingdom: Film on Mali music ban leads to new fund
20 November 2015
Mexico: Musicians abducted, one killed
19 November 2015
Cuba: Gorki Águila arrested again
16 November 2015
France: Deadly terror attack at rock concert in Paris
14 November 2015
South Korea: TV bans sexy music video
13 November 2015
Turkey: EU and UN address Turkey’s troublesome arts freedom record
13 November 2015
Turkey: Blasphemy ruling reversed for pianist Say
12 November 2015
New fellowships for threatened artists
11 November 2015
UNESCO focus on artistic freedom
11 November 2015
UNESCO report: Visas and logistics vex artists
11 November 2015
India: Punjab government bans ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses
11 November 2015
Tunisia: Musicians confronted with censorship and repression
11 November 2015
Iran: 26 popular singers banned from performing
04 November 2015
Canada: Religious festival petitions to reverse ban
03 November 2015
China/Tibet: Musician released from prison
30 October 2015
UAE: Heavy metal concert cancelled
27 October 2015
Zimbabwe: Censorship board should be abolished, says workshop group
27 October 2015
China: Malaysian rapper told to make no controversial statements
26 October 2015
Morocco: Rapper prosecuted over song deemed insulting
22 October 2015
Tunisia: Rapper Klay BBJ released from custody
21 October 2015
Tunisia: Calls for the release of arrested rapper Klay BBJ
19 October 2015
India: Pakistani singer’s concerts cancelled after protests
16 October 2015
Turkey: Election board bans AK Party campaign song
16 October 2015
Angola: Freemuse calls for immediate release of detained rapper
16 October 2015
Uganda: Singer’s ‘pornography’ prosecution
08 October 2015
Somalia: Regional court orders four singers released from custody
01 October 2015
Egypt: Resolution against revealing clothing and “vulgar” lyrics
30 September 2015
Somalia: Four musicians reportedly arrested
29 September 2015
Burundi: Musicians menaced, silenced and fleeing the country
28 September 2015
Syria: Fleeing civil war, piano player travels towards Germany
21 September 2015
UN: Right to artistic freedom of expression reaffirmed
21 September 2015
Burkina Faso: Music studio in capital bombed after coup
21 September 2015
Belarus: Banned musician surprises Minsk metro travellers
18 September 2015
Tajikistan: Mandatory wedding music rule to counter religious music ban
17 September 2015
India: Religious group issues fatwa against composer A. R. Rahman
16 September 2015
Sweden: Proposal for Eurovision to focus on freedom of expression
14 September 2015
USA/Algeria: Heavy metal music keeps stirring up controversy
14 September 2015
Azerbaijan: Russian opera star banned
11 September 2015
China: Government blocks American rock band over Tibet issue
11 September 2015
Egypt: movie song banned by the Egyptian censorship authorities
09 September 2015
Malawi: State broadcaster bans song for its “political message”
07 September 2015
Breaking news: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all
02 September 2015
Russia: Music portal banned
02 September 2015
Iran and Israel: United in opposition to Daniel Barenboim concert
02 September 2015
Malaysia: Youths arrested during music gig
02 September 2015
Algeria: Moroccan songs banned from radio airwaves
02 September 2015
United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics
02 September 2015
Freemuse Newsletter no 3 / 2015
01 September 2015
United Kingdom: Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam refused visa
01 September 2015
Cuba: Freemuse calls for the release of imprisoned artists
28 August 2015
United Kingdom: Listen to the banned in Lincoln
28 August 2015
Nigeria: New list of songs banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission
25 August 2015
Turkey: Iconic folk singer reflects on art and politics
25 August 2015
Spain: Row over canceling of Jewish US musician’s festival performance
25 August 2015
19 August 2015
China: 120 songs banned for promoting obscenity and violence
12 August 2015
Cuba: Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila arrested
06 August 2015
China: US pop group banned because of a tweet
04 August 2015
North Korea: House-to-house searches to confiscate banned music
04 August 2015
Iran/Lebanon: Artists affected by conflicts
04 August 2015
Somalia: Musician released after one day in detention
04 August 2015
USA: Freedom of expression violated when concert was shut down
03 August 2015
Morocco: Rapper El Haqed – besieged, alienated and oppressed
03 August 2015
Chile: Former military officers charged in 1973 murder of Víctor Jara
24 July 2015
Gambia: Rapper forced to flee after song criticising president goes viral
22 July 2015
Russia: Musicians protest against illegal police detentions
10 July 2015
Turkey: The disconnect between what is said and what is done
09 July 2015
Tunisia: No investigation into attack on rapper
06 July 2015
Egypt, Lebanon: Trance music boycotted for Israeli collaborations
03 July 2015
India: Film makers threatened to remove song from film
30 June 2015
Saudi Arabia: Concert with mixed gender audience cancelled
30 June 2015
Turkey: Court reverses Governor’s ban on concert in Istanbul
30 June 2015
Azerbaijan: Call for American singer to stand up for political prisoners
27 June 2015
DR Congo: Ivorian reggae singer denied entry in airport
22 June 2015
Morocco: Police blocks concert with rapper El Haqed
22 June 2015
Morocco: Rapper found dead
16 June 2015
Australia: Transgender musician bashed in Sydney live music venue
15 June 2015
Indonesia: Punk music and Shari’a law
12 June 2015
Zambia: Singer Pilato detained and prosecuted for song about president
11 June 2015
Afghanistan: Musicologist and Taliban bomb victim returns to Kabul
03 June 2015
Lebanon: Controversial singer threatened by The Al-Nusra Front
27 May 2015
Egypt: Ministry of Education bans ‘Mahrajant’ folkloric music at schools
27 May 2015
Morocco: Rapper speaks out after release from prison
27 May 2015
Singapore: Music video banned for its pro-LGBT content
27 May 2015
Russia: Pussy Riot appeals to European court
27 May 2015
Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2015
21 May 2015
Freemuse presents: ‘From Zombies to Revolutionaries’
21 May 2015
France: 100 censored songs
20 May 2015
Zimbabwe: South African musicians receive death threats
20 May 2015
USA: Rapper censored at Billboard Music Awards
20 May 2015
Turkey: 19-year-old singer attacked after threats
19 May 2015
Iran: Radical website calls for murder of musician
12 May 2015
Egypt: Authorities refuse to grant visa to Palestinian singer
08 May 2015
Lebanon: Armenian concert cancelled in Tripoli
06 May 2015
Turkey: 10 months imprisonment for dancing to Kurdish songs
05 May 2015
Turkey: Music video under criminal investigation
05 May 2015
Syria: ISIL burns music instruments of ‘Peace Ambassador’ artist
05 May 2015
Egypt: National Security issues lead to cancellation of sold-out double-concert
04 May 2015
Turkey: Young Kurdish singer imprisoned
03 May 2015
Syria: Islamic State issues ban on songs by American singer
28 April 2015
Kuwait: Concert with American singer cancelled
27 April 2015
France: Verdict of three years imprisonment to rapper in Marseilles
27 April 2015
Egypt: Musicians Union bans singer from performing
23 April 2015
Egypt: Hurghada music festival cancelled
22 April 2015
Germany: Syrian singer beaten after his performance in Berlin
22 April 2015
Egypt: Growing number of concerts cancelled for “security reasons”
22 April 2015
Cambodia: Film about Khmer Rouge regime’s music censorship
20 April 2015
USA: Thousands of protest songs hidden out of fear of retribution
20 April 2015
USA: Musical about fight for freedom of speech
13 April 2015
Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation
13 April 2015
USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda
13 April 2015
France: Prime minister intervenes to stop ban of posters for musical trio
13 April 2015
Canada: Controversy over concert cancellation sparks public debate
13 April 2015
Pakistan: Drummer and performer killed by armed men
08 April 2015
Sweden: Rap group’s concerts cancelled after free speech controversies
07 April 2015
Morocco: Rapper Al Shuaibi reportedly released from prison
06 April 2015
Russia: Theatre director fired for staging opera that offended church
02 April 2015
Egypt: Singer banned ‘temporarily’ from performing his songs
26 March 2015
Syria: Documentary film about Syrian songwriter
25 March 2015
Egypt: Composer arrested and singer escaped
24 March 2015
Mexico: City bans 'narcocorridos' after shooting at concert leaves two dead
19 March 2015
Turkey: Kurdish singer detained in airport, later released
19 March 2015
USA raises the question about artistic freedom of expression in UN
17 March 2015
Suppression of artsfreedom in Middle East and North Africa discussed in UN
17 March 2015
Iran: Film about singer who outwitted ban on women singing solo
17 March 2015
Canada: Viet Cong banned from playing because of their name
16 March 2015
Egypt: Documentary with Ramy Essam and censored artists
16 March 2015
USA: Symphony censored over its comments on totalitarianism
16 March 2015
President of Norwegian Parliament: “Curb artistic freedom and you curb democracy”
11 March 2015
Russia: Creators of 'offensive' Wagner opera acquitted
10 March 2015
Bahrain: Student and teachers charged with ‘insulting Islam’ over Qur’an song
09 March 2015
Russia: Supreme Court upholds sentence against Pussy Riot members
03 March 2015
Pakistan: Artists and singers need safety, not a Censorship Act
03 March 2015
Latvia: Russian music festival cannot play due to visa woes
27 February 2015
Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2015
26 February 2015
Pakistan: Music shops disappeared as result of war on music
25 February 2015
Libya: Photos of instrument-burning distributed online
23 February 2015
Egypt: Sufi concert cancelled
18 February 2015
Morocco: Freemuse calls for release of imprisoned rapper
15 February 2015
Russia, China and Turkey top yearly list of music freedom violations
11 February 2015
Turkey: Legal breakthrough in favour of prosecuted singer Ferhat Tunç
10 February 2015
Cuba: Rapper sentenced to one year in prison
04 February 2015
USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings
04 February 2015
Morocco: Take action against the prosecution of rapper El Haqed
03 February 2015
Iran: Prominent musician banned from traveling abroad
02 February 2015
Cuba: Rapper ‘El Critico’ released from prison
02 February 2015
India: Censorship board bleeps out ‘Bombay’ from music video
02 February 2015
Syria/USA: Exiled pianist portrayed in remarkable documentary
30 January 2015
India: Singer calls for a censor board in the music industry
27 January 2015
Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights
27 January 2015
Egypt: Singer prosecuted for protesting
26 January 2015
Norway: World women gathering to explore freedom of expression
26 January 2015
Syria: Musicians punished for playing ‘un-Islamic’ instruments
22 January 2015
Turkey: Charges against musician of insult to prime minister
21 January 2015
Freemuse co-hosts UN Universal Periodic Review session on Turkey
20 January 2015
Iran: Ministry announces permanent ban on hip-hop concerts
09 January 2015
Sudan: Two singers receive fine and singing ban
05 January 2015
Tunisia: Rappers and comedians fear for freedom of expression
01 January 2015
Russia: Heavy metal group banned for lyrical content
01 January 2015
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