Freemuse Newsletter no. 6 / 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp

Harstad recieves Abazar Hamid

Freemuse Award winner 2014, Harstad city in Norway, has finally received its first “safe city musician”: Abazar Hamid, who has been living several years in exile in Cairo after escaping from threats on his life in Sudan. Abazar Hamid was one of the artists featured on the Freemuse album ‘Listen to the Banned’.

» Read more on: www.freemuse.org

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Kabul attack injures head of music school

Dr Ahmed Sarmast, the dedicated founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), was one of several people injured at a serious bomb attack at the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. A young suicide bomber was the brutal tool of the Taliban’s efforts to reintroduce a total ban on music in Afghanistan.

» Read more on: www.freemuse.org

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Music Freedom Day – will you join?

With only two months to go, Freemuse invites artists, media and cultural organisers to join Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2015. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Norway and USA are amongst the countries preparing events. Do notify us about your plans.
Find inspiration in the new Freemuse publication, which includes several original posters and photos from Music Freedom Day events worldwide from 2007 to 2014.

» Download PDF: ‘Music Freedom Day 2007-2014’
» Read more on: www.musicfreedomday.org

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Freemuse activities from Pakistan to Zimbabwe

December has been a busy month. In Geneva, Freemuse and Siyah Bant presented the Universal Periodic Review onTurkey to diplomats and UN staff. In Morocco, Freemuse staff met some of the rappers recently detained and discussed the freedom of expression situation with network partners. In London, Freemuse took part in an expert consultation on the invitation of the new UN Special Rapporteur on opinion and freedom of expression. New joint projects were initiated in Pakistan, Lebanon and Zimbabwe, and a presentation on Safe Havens for artists at risk was made in Oslo.

» Read more on: www.freemuse.org
» Freemuse and Siyah Bant’s: UPR submission on Turkey

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Three hundred cases of arts censorship

Freemuse operates and edits the only website documenting censorship cases of all art forms globally. In 2014 the websiteartsfreedom.org featured almost 300 stories on arts censorship.

» Read more on: www.artsfreedom.org

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The secretariat moves

and wishes everyone a great New Year!

The Freemuse secretariat will move to new offices in the beginning of January.

The office will be closed from 20 December 2014 to 6 January 2015.

We wish all our readers and colleagues a great New Year.

The new office address is:
Freemuse
Jemtelandsgade 1
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Denmark

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LATEST NEWS

on freemuse.org

Iran: 20-year-old musician’s reality check: oppression persists
15 DEC 2014

Norway: ‘Safe city’ Harstad receives Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid
15 DEC 2014

Afghanistan: Theatre performance attacked by suicide bomber
13 DEC 2014

Russia: Court bans music and artwork of American metal band
8 DEC 2014

Tibet/China: Folk singer sentenced to two and a half years in prison
8 DEC 2014

Tibet/China: Tibetan singer sentenced to four years in prison
2 DEC 2014

UN Special Rapporteur invites Freemuse to international experts consultation
1 DEC 2014

Pakistan: 26 years prison verdict for playing religious song while staging mock marriage
28 NOV 2014

South Africa: Call for ban of song allegedly romanticising violence
24 NOV 2014

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Membership

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Read or download the new Freemuse publican available onmusicfreedomday.org

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Join Music Freedom Day 2015

Advocate for human rights and freedom of expression for musicians. Organisers, musicians and radio broadcasters world-wide are joining Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2015.www.musicfreedomday.org

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