• In prison for a year in Iran; artists call for musician’s and filmmaker’s release

    COPENHAGEN / NEW YORK, 1 June 2017 | Two Iranian artists will have been in prison for a full year on 5 June, sentenced for their peaceful artistic expressions. Today, artists and supporters of artistic freedom from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East called for their release in a public letter sent […]
  • Artists gather to defend the right to artistic freedom in Bangladesh

    Dhaka, 19 May 2017 | Artists around the world face threats and limitations from government and non-state actors. Such challenges are also a daily reality for Bangladeshi artists. To address the issue and develop ways to improve the situation, artists and human rights activists gathered in Dhaka for a two-day discussion session organized by Drik […]
  • Freemuse calls for the investigation of José Manuel Sande to be dropped

    Spanish Head of Culture Department investigated over carnival poster 3 MAY 2017 | Freemuse is concerned about the judicial investigation of José Manuel Sande, Head of Culture for the City Hall of A Coruña, Spain, by Court of Instruction number 3 over accusations that he offended the religious feelings of believers for featuring a drawing […]
  • Freemuse calls for UNESCO reforms and a UN plan for safety of artists

    Freemuse co-founder Ole Reitov, in his keynote speech on 2 May 2017 at the World Press Freedom Day event in Jakarta called on UNESCO, the UN and parties to strengthen their mechanisms and commitment to protecting artists and ensuring the safe promotion of art, as guaranteed by the 2005 UNESCO Convention. Attacks on artists continue […]
  • Freemuse press release: Women’s voices on Music Freedom Day

    Freemuse | Press Release View this email in your browser Music Freedom Day 2017 in celebration and protection of WOMEN’S VOICES Global event on 3 March 2017 Did you know that Women are banned from singing in public in some countries Women cannot attend a concert in some places The music industry is still unequal⇒ […]
  • Candidates to the UN Human Rights Council are grave violators of artistic expression

    Copenhagen 27 October 2016 | Freemuse is deeply concerned about the candidacies of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba, for seats in the UN Human Rights Council. These countries are leading the league of countries violating freedom of artistic expression and cannot be considered qualified to protect human rights in the Human Rights Council. “The […]
  • Sweden: Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision village

    A week before the Eurovision final, Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision Village. Unfortunately he is banned in his home country! On Sunday 8 May, Lavon Volski will receive the Freemuse Award 2016 for his assiduous and fearless fight for freedom of musical expression in Belarus. The award will be presented at the large […]
  • Freemuse Award Winner 2016 is Lavon Volski

    Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. His songs are anthems of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Thus Volski since many years has been on the regime’s infamous “black list” of artists never played on national radio and banned from performing. The […]
  • Freemuse Press Release: Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom

    View this email in your browser Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom Music Freedom Day 2016 1 March 2016, Copenhagen  |  Artists will perform live in Pakistan, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2016, in defence of artistic freedom.   Starting in Peshawar, one of […]
  • Turkey: The disconnect between what is said and what is done

    Copenhagen, 9 July 2015 | Out of 278 recommendations for improvements in human rights put forward, the Turkish government accepted 215 as Turkey’s second Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council came to a close on 26 June. Turkey rejected key recommendations to amend or abolish laws which are used to unfairly […]
  • Book celebrates Music Freedom Day

    Are you planning activities in 2015? During eight years of existence more than 100 partners and collaborators in 36 countries have joined the annual event Music Freedom Day, held on 3rd of March. A new publication ‘Music Freedom Day 2007–2014’ celebrates and gives examples of the powerful, united manifestation around the world. “Over the years […]
  • Freemuse Award Winner 2014: City of Harstad in Norway

    The Freemuse Award 2014 is given to The City of Harstad, Norway, which last year declared itself as the world’s first ‘Safe city for musicians’. Harstad is a city of 23,000 citizens, situated 300 kilometres north of the polar circle. Marianne Bremnes, Mayor of Harstad, says: “The city of Harstad is grateful and thankful for […]
  • Freemuse Award to be presented in UN building in Geneva

    Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, will receive the Freemuse Award on Monday 3 June 2013 at the Geneva United Nations headquarters in Switzerland. The award ceremony will take place in connection with a UN session on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity featuring artists […]
  • Press release: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations Cameroon supports football team but persecutes artists The international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga on June 16 filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal […]
  • Press release: Freemuse film – ‘Stopping the music’

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  • Press release: SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## ##PageSearchDescription## SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship The surroundings are splendid when SKAP – the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers – celebrates its 85th anniversary on Monday 16 May and in addition to presenting annual grants will give a special prize to Freemuse. Stockholm City Hall’s Blue […]
  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2011

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2011  Songs smuggled out from Burma, Dj returns to Kabul, singer in court room in Cameroon. Choir sings about the Arab revolution… and secret guests in New York. Music Freedom Day is being celebrated in more than 20 countries. The plight of imprisoned musicians Win Maw, from Burma, and […]
  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2010

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2010 gets global attention Mumbai, Kabul, Cairo, Amman, Gdansk, The Hague and New York are some of the cities organising Music Freedom Day on 3 March this year — a day that will also see the release of the Freemuse CD ‘Listen To The Banned’ and a hand-over of […]
  • Press release: New Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned Music that makes dictators tremble Listen to the banned is a unique collection of contemporary songs by artists who have been censored, persecuted, taken to court, imprisoned and even tortured for a very simple reason — their music. Music brings joy and gives a voice to […]
  • Press release: New Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal music

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal “We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal…” From the underground to the mainstream heavy metal is a global phenomenon attracting thousands of fans – but along the way it has gained many enemies too. “Long haired music,” as it has been described […]
  • Press release: Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates DKK 500,000 (approximately € 67,115) to Freemuse for its work for musicians’ rights and against music censorship. Freemuse is the only organisation in the world that works internationally with documentation and information about attacks on musicians and composers’ freedom and […]
  • Press release: Freemuse receives international award

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia:Freemuse receives international award The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression for creators and performers of music.” The award was presented during the ‘3rd IMC World Forum on Music’ which is currently taking place in Tunisia. […]
  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2009

    Music Freedom Day 2009 Concert & seminar with censored artists in Stockholm 3 March Artists from Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran facing censorship join forces with Swedish Award Winner in a unique concert when Re:Orient in collaboration with Freemuse organise a concert and a seminar dedicated to freedom of expression for musicians and composers. In their home countries artists Ferhat […]
  • Press release: Freemuse urges OIC to protect musicians

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse urges OIC to protect musicians Freemuse is deeply concerned that in several member states of the OIC, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, musicians and music retailers are being attacked, banned and even killed in the name of religion In an appeal to Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Freemuse urges the OIC […]
  • Press release: World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE ON 18 JUNE 2012:ALL THAT IS BANNED IS DESIRED World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo Artists who have received death threats, experienced imprisonment, abduction or censorship because of their artistic work will enter the stage when the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression […]
  • Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Eurovision Song Contest in AzerbaijanA pretty face cannot hide the ugly realities As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels […]
  • Press release: Broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day 2013

    PRESS RELEASE Broadcasters and artists in Asia, Africa and Europe join Music Freedom Day 2013Freemuse publishes new report on Mali and reminds the world of Pussy Riot With one of the world’s richest music countries heavily affected by attacks on music, two Pussy Riot members still in prison, six musicians killed in 2012, and a […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award 2013 to Festival au Desert

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Award winner: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali “The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au D Media contact Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse Tel: +45 2944 4280 (mobile)  +45 3332 1017 (office)  Press release in English language Press release in French language En fran More information on […]
  • Press release: Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison

    PRESS RELEASE FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE:Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison Less than two weeks after a group of international artists joined Freemuse in a campaign for the release of the Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given a 91 days prison sentence just before New Year, he was able to leave prison. According to […]
  • Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012

    PRESS RELEASE Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012 At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’. Freemuse Executive Director Marie Korpe and Programme Manager Ole Reitov received the award which was presented by Marie Carelse, Chair of World Music […]
  • Press release: Freemuse in leading role for global network

    PRESS RELEASE FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE:Freemuse in leading role for global network in support of artistic freedom of expressionArtsfex is a new global network advocating and defending artistic freedom of expression. Behind the new network are international arts and freedom of expression organisations and networks from all over the world. The unique initiative bridges the gap […]
  • Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

    PRESS RELEASE Eurovision Song Contest in AzerbaijanA pretty face cannot hide the ugly realities As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels that […]
  • Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

    PRESS RELEASE UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro” One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, […]
  • Press release: Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

    PRESS RELEASE Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians A call for safe cities from SKAP. “Make Sweden a safe haven for persecuted musicians and composers,” says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians, urging them to allow the Swedish cities to receive threatened composers […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

    PRESS RELEASE Freemuse press release: Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011 Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011. After eight […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

    PRESS RELEASE Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

    PRESS RELEASE Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without […]
  • Freemuse Award 2009

    NEWS 26 February 2009 Freemuse Award 2009 to singer Pete Seeger The American singer, songwriter, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger is The Freemuse Award Winner 2009. He is awarded on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2009, for his commitment to musicians’ freedom of expression in an illustrious career which spans over sixty years. “Pete […]
  • Freemuse Press Statement: Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGNS 01 October 2007 Freemuse Press Statement:Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunç This stamement has been sent by e-mail to more than 300 selected media houses and journalists. Freemuse, The World Forum on Music & Censorship, regret that Turkey continues censoring and prosecuting its artists and intellectuals during a time when Turkey’s Human Rights and […]
  • Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir

    PRESS RELEASE Leading member of the European Parliament joins Freemuse at Ferhat Tunç court case in Izmir next week [This Freemuse press release was sent via e-mail to 312 journalists and media houses world-wide on Thursday 27 September 2007 at 16:11 GMT] When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court on […]
  • Press release: ‘Hidden Truths’ Belarus report in Russian translation

    PRESS RELEASE “Hidden Truths” in Russian translation For the first time, a report “Hidden Truths” published by Freemuse is translated into Russian. In the report Freemuse turns its attention to Belarus, where freedoms of information and expression have become the unrelenting victims in an increasingly destructive battle for political control.В своём последнем отчёте о музыке […]
  • 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 […]

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