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Amnesty International
A democratic, self-governing movement – independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake research and action to prevent and end grave abuses of the rights to freedom of conscience and expression.
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Article 19
Human rights organisation with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. Library: Arts & Artists
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Artists Without Frontiers
Non-profit, non-governmental organisation fighting for human rights and freedom of expression. It brings together artists from all over the world, opposing all forms of censorship and suppression of artistic activities.
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Centre for Political Song
Independent Glasgow-based research centre working to promote awareness of political music of all sorts.
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Human Rights Watch
Independent, non-governmental organisation, dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. Human Rights Watch investigate and expose violations and hold abusers accountable, making campaigns and publications on various countries.
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Index on Censorship
Founded in 1972 with the goal to protect the basic human right of free expression. One of the world’s leading repositories of original, challenging, controversial and intelligent writing on free expression issues.

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International Freedom of Expression eXchange – IFEX
Network of more than 70 non-governmental organisations. Monitors media freedom violations around the world.
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Initiative for Freedom of Expression
Turkish non-governmental organisation, or rather: a movement, using civil disobedience to break antidemocratic rules and fight for freedom of expression.
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Institute of Int. Education – Scholar Rescue Fund
The Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world.

International PEN
World-wide association of writers which promotes friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, and fights for freedom of expression, defending writers who suffer from oppressive regimes.
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National Coalition Against Censorship
Founded in 1974, NCAC is an alliance of 50 American non-profit organisations. The link above takes you to their page about music censorship in the US.
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Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
Inter-American commission that analyses complaints of violations of freedom of expression. Participates in international forums, coordinates activities with NGOs and aims to increase the awareness of human rights within the inter-American system concerning freedom of expression.
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The United Nations’ Economic and Social Council
Freemuse has a special consultative status to the United Nations which enables Freemuse to actively engage with the UN Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies. Read more…
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Afropop Worldwide
A radio programme, a website, a searchable database, an international musical archive, and a team of dedicated researchers, based in New York, USA.
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Non for profit organisation defending freedom of music in Iran and making opportunities for musicians to be heard.

Difrent: music = action
A global broadcasting platform for music for social change.
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Donne in Musica
Promotes and presents music composed or created by women worldwide.

International Association for the Study of Popular Music
International organisation established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music.
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International Council for Traditional Music – ICTM
The aims of the ICTM are to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music, including folk, popular, classical and urban music, and dance of all countries.
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International Music Council – IMC
A global network of expert organisations and individuals working in the field of music. Founded in 1949 by UNESCO, IMC is mandated to promote musical diversity and support cultural rights for all.
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Musicians without Borders
A global network using the power of music for healing and reconciliation in conflict areas and for building a culture of nonviolence and respect for human rights around the world. Initiating projects in (post) conflict regions, developing methodologies and trainings and gathering musicians in concerts, seminars and conferences, while also promoting active involvement by musicians around the globe in peacemaking, healing and reconciliation.

An international market, conference and trade fair which brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music.

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Banned by the BBC
Listing of songs banned by the BBC, in peace time as well as during the Gulf war and the Falkland war.
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Beacon for Freedom of Expression
Bibliographical database on freedom of expression and censorship worldwide, containing both censored publications and publications on censorship. The database is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the web site is funded by the Norwegian Institution Fritt Ord.
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Elijah Wald: ‘The Narcocorridos of Mexico’
Extensive site with information about the notorious narcocorridos (drug ballads). Contains interviews with corridistas, and a timeline of efforts to ban the broadcast of narcocorridos.
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Eric Nuzum: Music censorship in the US
A selective on-line chronicle of popular music in the US that has been censored, banned, suppressed, or altered against the wishes of its creators and intended audience, by Eric Nuzum, the author of ‘Parental Advisory – Music Censorship in America’ (2001). The web site contains supplementary updates to the book, as well as articles and interviews on music censorship.
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Pop Matters
An international magazine of cultural criticism consisting of reviews, interviews, and in-depth essays on most cultural products and expressions in areas such as music, television, films, books, video games, sports, theatre, the visual arts, travel, and the Internet.

Sounds of Dissent: Music & Protest
New Internationalist’s extensive theme issue on music and politics from 2003. Interviews with Thomas Mapfumo, Ani DiFranco and focus on political music pioneers like Dmitri Shostakovich, Víctor Jara, Cui Jian, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, and Miriam Makeba.
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Taboo Tunes – music censorship in the US
‘A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs’ – a website and a book penned by music historian Peter Blecha, published by Backbeat Books. The site documents the many musicians and songs that have dared to broach hot-button topics that polite society has deemed as “unacceptable.” From the medieval era’s diabolus en musica to the Dixie Chicks’ firestorm of late. From Elvis to Eminem. From “Puff the Magic Dragon” to “Cop Killer.”
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The Devil On 45 – Underground magazine
Alternative music magazine started by editor Ed Hannon to fill a gap within independent publishing and music magazines. The Devil On 45 features in-depth articles based around censorship, banned music and music folklore. The name derives from how both blues and rock music were first received by the general public as ‘The Devil’s Music’, the ‘45’ showing the editors unwavering love for vinyl (as in 45rpm!).
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The File Room – Censorship Archive
Archive on censorship within several domains, including music. Its content is provided by the participants’ online reports on censorship. Established by the American organisation National Coalition Against Censorship.
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The History Of Banned Rock and Roll takes a brief look at The History Of Banned Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1954 to 2003.
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University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
A collection of more than 25,000 core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. This research tool includes documents available in Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
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Wikipedia: Censorship of music
An ‘open source’ user-built encyclopedia. Anyone can edit the pages. Useful for inspiration and ideas, but double-check the information elsewhere. Wikipedia’s article on ‘Censorship of music’ touches subjects such as censorship of pop music and classical music, airplay and lyric censorship, self-censorship, and more.
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Afghanistan Online
Extensive site with information on Afghanistan´s culture, history and politics
Djembe Online
Online edition of the world music magazine Djembe. Special issue on music and censorship. Articles in English and Danish
TehranAvenue – Link
Alternative online magazine about cultural life in the city of Tehran. Tries to focus on issues that established medias seldom cover

‘Middle Eastern Musical Worlds – Between East and West’
The Internet portal has produced a dossier entitled ‘Middle Eastern Musical Worlds – Between East and West’. It includes issues of music bans and censorship in the region.

‘Sampsonia Way Magazine’
Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh celebrating literary free expression and supporting persecuted poets and novelists worldwide.

Networking platform for information on European arts and culture.

UNESCO online
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was born in 1945 with the ambitious goal – through education, social and natural science, culture and communication – “to build peace in the minds of men.”

Heinrich Böll Foundation Middle East Office
The Foundation’s Middle East Office was established in Beirut in spring 2004 in order to provide spaces for regional debates, and to enhance a dialogue between Europe and the Middle East.

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