Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2011


25 November 2011


2011 Freemuse Award winner: Ramy Essam
Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Prize
Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians
Global network for artistic freedom of expression
Freemuse workshops in Kabul and Islamabad
Freemuse relaunches on Facebook with improved page




2011 Freemuse Award winner: Ramy Essam

The young Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award.
The artist received the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 21 November 2011.
“My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank you for helping me in that,” said Ramy Essam.
His song ‘Irhal’ has been ranked as number 3 on a Top 100 list of songs that changed history.

      Read more and see video clips:



Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Prize

Nominated by Freemuse, Burma’s famous musician and human rights activist Win Maw was awarded the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town.

      Read more:

      Watch a specially recorded congratulatory message

      for Win Maw from Burma’s pro-democracy

      leader Aung San Suu Kyi



Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

The Nordic countries offer safe havens for writers who are persecuted in their homelands.
There should be an equal opportunity for composers and musicians, says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council,
in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians.

      Read more and see video:



Global network for artistic freedom of expression

A summit organised by Freemuse and Danish PEN in Copenhagen on 9-11 December 2011 will explore options for establishing a global network for the protection and advocacy of artistic freedom of expression – composed of national and international artists’ organisations, networks, and freedom of expression organisations.

The summit is funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture.

In a meeting on Friday 9 December at 3-6 PM which is open to the public, artists and advocacy organisations will present recent examples of censorship of the arts, and discuss the effects of censorship and repression of artists.

      Read more:



Freemuse workshops in Kabul and Islamabad

Musicians in Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to face threats and attacks – especially in the regions bordering the two countries.
Two local support networks for musicians at risk were therefore established during two Freemuse workshops held in Kabul and Islamabad from 12-21 November.
The workshops, funded by Swedish Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression, conclude a series of Freemuse workshops which were also held in West Africa and the MENA region.

      Read more:



Freemuse relaunches on Facebook with improved page

And we invite you to be our friend! Our goal with the new Freemuse page is to increase traffic, and thereby increase worldwide awareness of violations of freedom of musical expression. It will serve as the new place in Facebook where you can share your thoughts, news stories, links and visions with us.
We hope you will LIKE US now – and be freemused.

      Click on the ‘like’-button:



Taliban campaign against music still in full swing

Rap duo threatened with violence

Women sing out in protest against orthodox prohibition

Find more information and news on

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


Connect and interact with Freemuse




– The World Forum on Music and Censorship
Nytorv 17, 3rd floor
1450 Copenhagen K
Tel +45 33 32 10 27

Freemuse (FREEdom of MUSical Expression) is an international
human rights organisation advocating freedom of expression for musicians
and composers worldwide.

you do not wish to receive our newsletter in the future, please send an
e-mail to
with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

This newsletter was sent to 2,653 subscribers worldwide
and is archived on

Sign up for the Freemuse newsletter

...and receive the newsletter in your mailbox approximately four times a year

Go to top
Latest news on

Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police
“We strongly condemn the detention and harassment of popular Azerbaijani rapper Dado,” wrote The Art for Democracy in Baku
04 March 2013
Pakistan: Manifestations of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture
On Music Freedom Day 2013 at a local hotel in Peshawar, music lovers put their voices together to ensure the freedom of artistic and musical expressions.
04 March 2013
Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court
“I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk,” said musician Seçkin Taygun Aydoğan from the Kurdish band Grup Yorum to the judge...
04 March 2013
Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on
Sher Alam Shinwari set out to investigate what the situation is like in Peshawar on Music Freedom Day 2013. He found stifling sounds of Pashto music amid militancy and hostility
01 March 2013
Press release: Broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day 2013
Sunday 3 March 2013 we commemorate the six musicians who were killed in the last year, and show support to the many who have been imprisoned and persecuted.
28 February 2013
Norway: First ever 'safe haven city' for musicians
On 14 February 2013 the Norwegian Musicians’ Union presented the first ever ‘safe haven city’ within the field of music: Harstad
27 February 2013
Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012
In 2012 Freemuse registered a total of 173 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights. We reported about six artists who were killed, and 14 were imprisoned
26 February 2013
France: Rap lyrics targeted
The French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls wants to fight “aggressive” rap lyrics attacking the state, insulting the flag and women.
25 February 2013
India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats
After a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and threats on social media, the band Pragaash from Kashmir decided to dissolve
22 February 2013
Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa
The Mexican Supreme Court found that Sinaloa’s governor had exceeded his powers when he banned public performances of drug ballads, so now the ban will be lifted
19 February 2013