• Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

    Law suits, arrests, threats and banning orders, these are all dangers that artists in Turkey who touch on sensitive issues face today. This is pointed out by the UPR submission that Freemuse, Siyah Bant and the Initiative for Freedom of Expression has forwarded to the UN. The Turkish Anti Terror Law (TMK) continues to be […]
  • Turkey: Sanar Yurdatapan: ‘There is a lot of work to do for all of us’

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 03 March 2012 Turkey:Chronicle by Şanar Yurdatapan:‘There is a lot of work to do for all of us’ In 2012, there were no acticities marking Music Freedom Day in Turkey. “This means the work is not over yet,” wrote human rights activist and musician Sanar Yurdatapan in his chronicle on the […]
  • Turkey: Three children stand trial for singing a march in Kurdish

    NEWS Turkey:Three children stand trial for singing a march song Three members of a Kurdish children’s choir face prison charges by Turkish prosecutors for simply singing an old Kurdish song, reported Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Turkey on 6 June 2008. An online petition and a ‘civil disobedience action’ seek to stop the prosecution. […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |   3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP     25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being […]
  • Sanar Yurdatapan

      ŞANAR YURDATAPAN (Turkey)       Composer Şanar Yurdatapan is Director of the Turkish-based Association for Freedom of Expression. In this interview he speaks about the session entitled ‘Turkey – Crossing the bridge’ which was an important event at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in November 2006. Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player […]
  • Stephan Smith-Said

    STEPHAN SMITH-SAID (USA) Stephan Smith-Said is an Iraqi American songwriter whose father’s family lives under the daily threat of bombing in Baghdad and Mosul. In this interview he speaks about the importance of music and of fighting music censorship – inspired by his attendance at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in November 2006.  […]
  • Speakers of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS Andy Fuller (Australia)Andy Fuller was born in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Master of Arts in 2004 at University of Melbourne. His thesis studied the politically subversive literature of […]
  • Turkey: Anti-censorship initiative launched

    NEWS Turkey:Anti-censorship initiative launched A new initiative against censorship was born during the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul on 26 November 2006: Artists from Turkey launched the SSS initiative – Sanatta Sansüre Son – which means “End to Censorship on Arts”. The launch took place right after a session which had presented strong testimonies […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc again to appear before court

    NEWS Turkey: Ferhat Tunç again to appear before courtSinger Ferhat Tunç, will be tried due to article 159 of the (former Turkish Penal Code) because of using the phrase “deep judiciary” in an article he wrote to daily GÜNDEM. The 1st hearing will be held on December 2nd, 2004, 09.30 at Istanbul, Beyoğlu First Instance […]
  • Turkey: Censorship Past and Present

    ARTICLE Turkey: Censorship Past and PresentBy Sanar Yurdatapan A historical approach to the nature of censorship.A chapter from ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ (Freemuse/Zed Books, May 2004). Reproduced with kind permission from the author and Zed Books.Read chapter (PDF) Shoot the Singer! Read more
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