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Music as protest:
Pussy Riot meets Freemuse
Original Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aljokhina will talk about music as political activism with Freemuse Director Ole Reitov on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at a public meeting at Kulturhuset in Oslo, Norway. Organised by Musikkforum, an initiative by the Norwegian Society of Composers, and NOPA, a trade union for creators of music and song lyrics in Norway, the meeting will include a speech by key russian music producer and human rights activist Alexander Cheparukhin.
Violations of freedom of expression in Russia hit the front pages of newspapers and websites all over the world in 2012 when members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot were imprisoned. Many other music groups and artists in Russia face censorship and persecution – but their cases are never heard of outside of Russia.
Freemuse asked the Russian journalist Oksana Chelysheva who is currently living and working in exile to describe the situation. » Read Oksana Chelysheva’s article
Freemuse censorship report launched at concert in Cairo
The joint AFTE and Freemuse report ‘Censors of Creativity’ on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt will be launched at a concert in Cairo’s Rawabet/Townhouse stage on 21 May 2014. The line-up includes Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam, Egypt’s famous satirical comedy music group Like Jelly and performer Sondos Shabayek, founder and director of the Tahrir monologues.
Last week, Freemuse held several meetings with UN officers and diplomats based in Geneva about the censorship study and the Universal Periodic Review on Egypt submitted by Freemuse and AFTE. » Download the 84-page report ‘Censors of Creativity’ » Read the Universal Periodic Review on Egypt
Sida – the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly support the work of Freemuse for 2014–2016. The support enables Freemuse to continue documenting, monitoring and advocating freedom of musical and artistic expression. The grants even enable Freemuse to engage a programme officer based in the Middle East.
Music Freedom Day 2014 was once again a fantastic event with participating musicians, radio broadcasters and human rights activists in nearly 20 different countries highlighting the importance of artists’ rights to freedom of expression. NOW is the time to begin planning for Music Freedom Day 3 March 2015. Join the event