Musician shot dead in 2007,
remembered on Day to End Impunity
|Each day from 1 until 23 November 2011, IFEX highlighted a story of a journalist, writer, musician, artist or free expression advocate who was killed on that day, and whose murderers have gone free. One of them was the Iraqi musician Seif Yehia who was killed in November 2007.
“We were able to find a case of impunity for every day between 1 and 23 November. Sadly, this is a tale that can be told practically every day of the year,” said Annie Game, IFEX executive director. The initiative was to kick off the first year of the Day to end Impunity campaign.
115 singers killed
Out of fear, people had stopped listening to music in public, a fellow Iraqi singer told the British newspaper The Guardian at the time. Pop music, in particular, was no longer being played. Remaining artists tried to get themselves and their families to safety. In 2008, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture estimated that about 80 per cent of artists had fled.
What is impunity?
Every day around the world journalists, musicians, artists, politicians, and free expression advocates are being silenced, often with no investigation or consequences to their persecutors.
Iraqi artists and singers flee amid crackdown on forbidden culture
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You can still go to www.daytoendimpunity.org to take action on the cases and join our global call for justice.
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