Freemuse has joined the campaigns in support of three arrested musicians
– two in Cameroon and one in China:
• Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience were arrested in Cameroon on
9 April and 20 March 2008 respectively for criticising constitutional amendments allowing
the country’s president unlimited terms of office.
China / Tibet
• Singer Jamyang Kyi is reported
to have been held without charges by Chinese authorities since 1 April 2008.
The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN
fears that Jamyang Kyi may be held for her activism regarding Tibet.
Read more: www.freemuse.org/sw26880.asp
You can also support these artists by sending letters of protest to the embassies of
the two governments:
Artists in Burma have had a hard time since the September 2007 demonstrations.
In November 2007 the lead guitarist in Shwe Thansin group, one of Burma’s top bands
of the 1990s, was imprisoned, and in February and April respectively, two members of
the controversial Burmese hip-hop group Acid have been arrested.
Freemuse has received several requests from international media, politicians and
artists’ organisations regarding the visa initiative launched last year at WOMEX.
A “White Paper” will be published before summer. It will include several
practical proposals that could ensure that overseas representations follow
At a meeting in Brno in the Czech Republic, Freemuse held talks with the Advocacy
Working Group and Board of the International Music Council (IMC) regarding common
ground for projects that would suit both organisations.
By becoming a member of Freemuse, you support our work, and what is even more important,
you become part of our network – signalling that we are a number of people who are
seriously concerned about music censorship. There are two different kinds of membership:
Paying Member and Supporting Member.
The destruction of a minority’s music culture
As a comment to Freemuse’s interview with Sámi singer Marie Boine, ethnomusicologist
Ilpo Saastamoinen shares his insight and personal experiences with the oppression of
Sámi music culture.
Political pressure and corruption silence musicians
According to Tanzanian musician Muumin Mwinjuma there are a significant number
of causes for oppression and censorship of music in Tanzania – ranging from
political pressure and corruption in media houses to economically unfair rewards.
Why ‘Article 301’ is used against musicians
Political scientist Beate Slydal gives insight into the issues concerning
why the infamous Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code about ‘insulting the
Turkish nation’ is so often used against artists in Turkey.
– The World Forum on Music and Censorship
Nytorv 17, 3rd floor
1450 Copenhagen K
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