Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2009


23 April 2009


Pakistan: Total ban on music in Swat

Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan.
Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have left for other provinces.
Read the reports from Freemuse’s stringer in Pakistan:


Freemuse: OIC should denounce music attacks

Freemuse urges the Organization of the Islamic Conference, OIC, to denounce attacks on music in the name of religion in OIC member states.

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Google and record industry accept Chinese censorship

Music banned by the Chinese authorities will not be available at a new free Internet music download service launched by Google Inc. and major music companies.
Providers will abide by Chinese censorship and withhold songs that are banned by the communist government, says Warner president.

Read more:


Sweden: National Eurovision winner creates controversy

Popular radio channels normally promote national Eurovision Song Contest winners.
But not this year in Sweden where the country’s mezzo soprano winner is claimed to be ‘unfitted’ for mainstream radio formats.

Read more and listen:


Cameroon: Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings

False evidence, delays and rumors appear to play an essential role in keeping the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga in prison.
In the meantime, Lapiro de Mbanga’s health deteriorates.

Read more:



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features new articles and background documents on music censorship every week.


Recent news stories

Cambodia: Ministry outlaws obscene songs

Afghanistan: Music programmes lead to arrest

Pakistan: Harmonium player Anwar Gul murdered by militants


Recent videos

USA: Singer and musician Tao Rodríguez-Seeger

speaks about his personal experiences with and opinion about music censorship


Sweden / USA: Freemuse Award to American singer Pete Seeger

Video report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson,
Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf



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