Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2010


20 October 2010


Freemuse receives generous grant

Freemuse has received a generous project grant from SIDA, the Swedish International
Development Agency, after the government launched ‘Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratization
and Freedom of Expression’.
The grant enables Freemuse to set up three regional networks in support of persecuted
musicians, and initiate new collaborations with human rights and freedom of
expression organisations in West Africa, the MENA region and South Asia during the next 16 months.


‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ at Womex

Index on Censorship editor Jo Glanville will present the Freemuse / Index special theme
issue on music censorship, ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ at the WOMEX trade fair in Denmark next week.
Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov from the Freemuse secretariat will also be present.

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Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for Success

Artists and promoters still face severe problems acquiring visas to Europe.
Freemuse has produced a ‘quick guide to international conventions and policy recommendations’.
If you don’t have time to read all the conventions and articles, this is where you find the most
important references to quote from when you argue with consular staff at home or abroad.

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‘Listen to the banned’ CD released in the US

The Freemuse CD is now released in USA by Valley Entertainment. Several radio stations
have added tracks from the CD to their playlists.
Deeyah, who compiled the CD, has just returned from a promotional tour in the United Kingdom for the CD.

      More information:


Launch of interactive site for Music Freedom Day

A new WordPress website is ready for Music Freedom Day, provided as an open and interactive forum for exchange of ideas,
experiences and planning for Music Freedom Day activitsts and organisers world-wide.
The site is a response to the positive fact that the event has been growing year by year with more
and more participants involved in many countries, and it is also open for debate and comments from its audiences.

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China / Tibet:
Banned Tibetan singer disappears

Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

Musician faces four years imprisonment



Find more information and news on

– the world’s largest knowledge base on music censorship.


Lastly, we’d like to remind you…

Music can be dangerous!

• A month ago, a bomb blast
at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer Farhad Darya injured 13 fans. Fortunately Farhad survived.

• Musician and singer Lapiro de Mbanga is still imprisoned in Cameroon.
He recently suffered typhoid fever and severe lumbago. We continue our
campaign for his release.

Ferhat Tunc is facing 15 years imprisonment
in his latest court case in Turkey.

These three singers are just three of the great artists presented on
‘Listen to the Banned’,
a CD with great music, a substantial booklet and a nice design – also a fine gift. It can be purchased online.



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