Representatives of the concert hall The Rock met with representatives of the gay and lesbian community before the concert. The organisers refused to cancel the event. However they said that Buju Banton was informed that if he played some of his controversial songs, the concert would be stopped.
Buju Banton – some of his lyrics are overtly against homosexuality
Not everything is allowed
As a point of departure, no censorship can be imposed or subsequent legal steps be taken against musicians because of what they express in their music. The European Court of Human Rights has interpreted artistic freedom of expression in a broad way. In a judgement from 1988 the Court observed, that “Those who create, perform, distribute or exhibit works of art contribute to the exchange of ideas and opinions which is essential for a democratic society. Hence the obligation on the State not to encroach unduly on their freedom of expression”.
However, there are exceptions, e.g.:
• Propaganda for war is always unlawful, as is advocacy for national, racial or religious hatred.
In any case such limitations must be prescribed in a national law.
|Sources (in Danish):|
Fyens Stifttidende – 8 July 2006:
Demonstration mod homofobisk reggaekoncert
TV2 Lorry – 6 July 2006:
Kontroversiel koncert v
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