Freemuse’s activities in 2013
26 February – Global
Freemuse publishes global statistics on violations of and attacks on musical freedom of expression, documenting 173 cases of attacks on musicians in 2012 and violations of their rights. 6 artists were killed, 14 imprisoned, 2 abducted, 12 attacked, 5 threatened, 16 prosecuted and 84 detained, and Freemuse reported 34 cases of censorship.
Read more: www.freemuse.org/archives/2066
28 February – Global
Freemuse publishes report on Mali. Written by Andy Morgan, the report ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ is an extensive documentation of how music has been affected by the conflict in Mali. Morgan interviewed 20 of Mali’s most acclaimed musicians, artists and observers and analyses the current crisis in a historical context.
Read more: www.freemuse.org/archives/5394
Download the report: www.musicfreedomday.org/mali
3 March – Global
On 3 March every year, Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression world-wide. This year, there were activities in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe, and the event was joined by several global media broadcasters.
Read more: www.musicfreedomday.org/?p=11
17 May – Global
Freemuse publiches the organisation’s first book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ by Andy Morgan, in both a digital and on-demand paperback edition.
Read more: www.freemuse.org/archives/5874
3 June – Global
The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region. Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, received the Freemuse Award on 3 June 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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