Jason Carter: Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection


28 February 2012

North Korea:
Music censorship in North Korea
– a personal video reflection


Jason Carter, the British guitarist who recorded the song ‘Navai’ with Marjan Vahdat for the initial Music Freedom Day in 2007, has produced this personal video documentary about a trip he made in North Korea in 2007. It contains several reflections on music censorship.

“Although through censorship, the titles of my guitar pieces were changed by the government, even they couldn’t change the sentiments and the content of what I played. Music speaks a lanugage of such power which is why it is so often censored and used as an instrument of control,” Jason Carter states in the video.




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