History of music censorship


‘Open source timeline-encyclopedia’
of music censorship world-wide

Incidents of music censorship from historical time up til the date when the news service of freemuse.org was established, on 1 January 2001

History has seen many examples of music censorship. Not only in medieval times or in poor countries under ruling dictatorship, also in Western democracies and in recent times, numerous songs have been banned by radio stations and tv channels. Here are some examples – nothing close to a full report, but simply a run-through of examples of music censorship during two millenniums.

We have sorted the incidents according to where they took place:

Europe, Russia
Middle East, North Africa
Latin America, Carribean
USA, Canada

Incidents after 1 January 2001 are covered in our news section

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