• Freemuse appoints new Executive Director

    Freemuse appoints Dr Srirak Plipat as new Executive Director from 1 April. The organisation thanks Ole Reitov, former Executive Director, for leading Freemuse and positioning it as a leading organisation in defending artistic freedom. “I am delighted to welcome Srirak to the team,” said Martin Cloonan, Chair of Freemuse. “He brings with him a wealth […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no 1 / 2017

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  • Freemuse Newsletter no 6 / 2016

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no 5 / 2016

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  • Freemuse Newsletter no 4 / 2016

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  • Freemuse Newsletter no 3 / 2016

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  • Freemuse Newsletter no 2 / 2016

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  • Freemuse Newsletter no 1 / 2016

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.        View this email in a browser Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom   Join Music Freedom Day 2016    This week three artists in Iran were sentenced each to three years in prison, three years probation and a hefty fine for the production and promotion of underground […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no 5 / 2015

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Music, Conflict and Culture in Mali: Three years after the music ban Three years after the music ban it’s hard to ascertain precisely what effect the ban has had on a country where music has long been the milk, blood and water of daily existence. The answer […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no 4 / 2015

    » View the newsletter on mailchimp   France two weeks after: musicians shocked but defiant   Almost 90 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Bataclan Music Club in Paris on 13 November. Several concerts were cancelled in the aftermath of the terror attacks. But what are the long term effects of the massacre? Daniel Brown […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no 3 / 2015

    » View the newsletter on mailchimp Musicians are fleeing Burundi Burundian artists are confronted with ever shrinking possibilities for open and free political speech. Well known singers and band members are being targeted and, if possible, manipulated to change their artistic or political style. Several musicians have fled the country. Freemuse reports from Burundi. → Read the […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2015

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.         View this email in your browser     Freemuse launches advocacy and campaign guide Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. To help organisations and individuals decide how to support artists at risk, Freemuse has created an […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2015

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.         View this email in your browser     Music Freedom Day from Peshawar to New York In spite of continuous threats and attacks on musicians and music activities in Peshawar, Music Freedom Day will once again be organised in Pakistan. Events take place in several countries including Zimbabwe, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2014

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp Arctic city receives Freemuse Award Harstad – a Norwegian city situated 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle – is the Freemuse Award Winner 2014. Last year dedicated politicians unaminously declared Harstad the “world’s first safe city for musicians.” The city will soon host a Freemuse […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2014

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp   Morocco persecutes rapper Morrocan rapper El Haqed was arrested on 18 May. He recently released an album called ‘Walou’ (Nothing) referring to the lack of changes in the fields of justice, education, democracy and the widespread corruption in the country. The album has been banned […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2014

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp 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 […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2014

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp New report: Religious extremism disastrous to music in Pakistan Since 2001, 12 women have been reportedly killed because of their direct involvement in music in North Western Pakistan. Approximately 600 musicians suffered due to the closure of Dabgari Bazar during the MMA government. Around 50 Sufi […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2014

    FREEMUSE NEWSLETTER MUSIC FREEDOM DAY SPECIAL   Freemuse statistics 2013: 19 musicians killed Based on reports published on freemuse.org the annual Freemuse statistics reveal that a total number of 109 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered in 2013. The cases include 19 musicians reported killed, 18 imprisoned during […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2013

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.   Mailchimp   Dear Freemuse subscriber, Fifteen years ago the first ever world conference on music & censorship took place in Copenhagen. Freemuse is a child of the conference organised by Marie Korpe, who later became the Freemuse Executive Director.  The world had just experienced the worst ever attack […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2013

    News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp Russia: Pussy Riot members’ appeal accepted by Supreme Court The ruling on 10 December 2013 came three months before Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are to be released from prison. The Supreme Court said prosecutors proved the women were motivated by religious hatred and enmity but […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2013

    Freemuse Executive Director leaves Freemuse Executive Director, Marie Korpe is leaving her position on 31 August 2013. Marie Korpe coordinated the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998, co-organized with The Danish Institute for Human Rights and Index on Censorship. In 1999 she co-founded Freemuse and was appointed Executive Director of Freemuse by […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2013

    Freemuse Award to be presented at 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 behalf of the festival at the Geneva United Nations headquarters. The Award ceremony and a special session will take place at Room XXV of Palais des […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2013

    NEWSLETTERS 28 February 2013 Freemuse Newsletter No. 1 – 2013 ‘Music Freedom Day’ on Sunday On 3 March, broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day with colleagues in Cameroon, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. As this newsletter shows, and with 173 cases of attacks on […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2012

    NEWSLETTERS 15 November 2012 NEWSLETTER 4 — 2012     First global network in support of artistic freedom of expression On 27 October 2012, 14 international arts and human rights organisations and networks – representing more than 1,200 national organisations globally – met in Oslo and launched a new network, Artsfex, which is the first […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2012

    NEWSLETTERS 30 August 2012 NEWSLETTER 3 — 2012     World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression Freemuse and Fritt Ord co-organise the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo 25-26 October. World famous conductor Adam Fischer, Burmese artists Win Maw and Zarganar, Zimbabwe’s Outspoken and many other artists will be […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2012

    NEWSLETTERS 01 June 2012 NEWSLETTER 2 — 2012   Another attack on rap artists in Angola Armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods, 15 men attacked a group of ten young people in Angola, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental. Read more: www.freemuse.org/sw47750.asp     After the ‘beauty contest’ in Baku: […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2012

    NEWSLETTERS NEWSLETTER 1 — 2012   Here it comes! This Saturday is…      On Saturday 3 March the annual Music Freedom Day is marked with events, seminars, exhibitions, film shows, radio programmes and news paper articles on the subject of freedom of expression for musicians all over the world. Events are currently being prepared […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2011

    NEWSLETTERS 25 November 2011 NEWSLETTER 3 — 2011 Content: • 2011 Freemuse Award winner: Ramy Essam • Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Prize • Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians • Global network for artistic freedom of expression • Freemuse workshops in Kabul and Islamabad • Freemuse relaunches on Facebook with improved page   […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2011

    NEWSLETTERS 29 June 2011 NEWSLETTER 2 — 2011   Musicians break taboos in Tunisia “Before the revolution there was abuse and media ban. The authorities were afraid of our songs and we were threatened. After the revolution musicians have started to break taboos and now sing about real problems,” says Tunisian rapper Mehdi R2M, who […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2011

    NEWSLETTERS 23 February 2011 NEWSLETTER 1 — 2011   Music Freedom Day: Thursday 3 March As millions of people demonstrate for freedom of expression and democracy in the Middle East, the song ‘152 mesures contre la censure’ featuring 10 rappers, recorded for Freemuse and the Music Freedom Day in 2007 is as relevant as ever. […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2010

    NEWSLETTERS 20 October 2010 NEWSLETTER 4 — 2010   Freemuse receives generous grant Freemuse has received a generous project grant from SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency, after the government launched ‘Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratization and Freedom of Expression’. The grant enables Freemuse to set up three regional networks in support of persecuted musicians, […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2010

    NEWSLETTERS 12 August 2010 NEWSLETTER 3 — 2010   Index on Censorship publishes ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, will publish a special theme issue on music censorship – ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ – on 8 September. The issue is produced in collaboration with Freemuse.       Read more:       www.freemuse.org/sw38719.asp   […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2010

    NEWSLETTERS 16 June 2010 NEWSLETTER 2 — 2010   UN General Secretary asked Cameroon’s president to consider imprisoned singer’s case When UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon visited Cameroon earlier this month, he carried a letter about the imprisonment of Lapiro de Mbanga, and reportedly asked President Biya to “favourably consider” the case of the singer. […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2010

    NEWSLETTERS 25 January 2010 NEWSLETTER 1 — 2010   HEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES Censorship of heavy metal music is the topic of a new Freemuse report published on 22 February 2010. Written by Mark LeVine, the report looks into censorship of metal music from China to Morocco.       Read more:       www.freemuse.org/sw36408.asp   FREEMUSE CD: LISTEN TO […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2009

    NEWSLETTERS 26 October 2009 NEWSLETTER 3 — 2009   IMPRISONED MUSICIAN SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM PRIZE Nominated by Freemuse, imprisoned singer Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon has been shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize. The case against singer Lapiro has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US-based lawyers’ advocacy organisation has joined […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2009

    NEWSLETTERS 18 June 2009 NEWSLETTER 2 — 2009   VISA AND MOBILITY ISSUES  Visa report highlighted, but serious problems remain While visa issues continue to create controversy, the Freemuse white paper ‘Visa / the discordant note’ plays an essential role in various international fora.       Read more:       www.freemuse.org/sw33985.asp   UK: visa rules threaten dozens of concerts […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2009

    NEWSLETTERS 23 April 2009 NEWSLETTER 1 — 2009 Pakistan: Total ban on music in Swat Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan. Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have left for other provinces. Read the reports from Freemuse’s stringer […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2008

    NEWSLETTERS 09 October 2008 NEWSLETTER 4 — 2008 Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail Lapiro de Mbanga, a popular singer in Cameroon, has been sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Freemuse and International Pen are campaigning for the release of Mbanga. Read […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2008

    NEWSLETTERS 06 August 2008 NEWSLETTER 3 — 2008 Dark spot in China: Imprisonment of Tibetan musicians As the Olympic Games in Beijing make news headlines around the world, stories of musicians being oppressed and silenced reach Freemuse from the country’s ‘back garden’ behind the mountain plateau of Tibet. Tibetan singers Drolmakyi and Jamyang Kyi, and […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2008

    NEWSLETTERS 06 May 2008 NEWSLETTER 2 — 2008 Campaigns in support of three arrested musicians Freemuse has joined the campaigns in support of three arrested musicians – two in Cameroon and one in China:   Cameroon • Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience were arrested in Cameroon on 9 April and 20 March 2008 […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2008

    NEWSLETTERS 03 March 2008 NEWSLETTER 1 — 2008   African reggae-star Tiken Jah Fakoly first Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, the outspoken Ivorian reggae singer who has tirelessly denounced political corruption, is the first winner of the new Freemuse Award. An idol for millions of Africans, who feel disenfranchised and repressed, Tiken Jah has […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2007

    NEWSLETTERS 28 November 2007 NEWSLETTER 5 — 2007   Freemuse Award 2008 A Freemuse Award will be presented for the first time in connection with Music Freedom Day 2008. Freemuse has received a donation from the Björn Afzelius International Culture Fund. The award will be given to an individual or organisation that “has worked for […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter No 4 / 2007

    Music will not be silenced: New Freemuse report With 14 video interviews and written overviews of music censorship in countries as diverse as Algeria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Ivory Coast and Cuba, the new Freemuse report is the closest you get to a global overview of music censorship today. And it is not a pretty picture! […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2007

    NEWSLETTERS NEWSLETTER 3 — 2007 Nobel prize winner introduces Freemuse book "How can you put a song behind bars?". This is a question that Dario Fo, the Italian Nobel Laureate in literature, raises in the introduction to the Italian edition of the Freemuse book ‘Shoot the singer’. The book is launched this week-end at the […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2007

    NEWSLETTERS ##PagePublishedLong## Untitled Document NEWSLETTER 2 — 2007 Pakistan: Extremists kill one, injure two in attacks on music shops Two separate terrorist attacks on music centres left one killed and two seriously injured in Mardan and Peshawar respectively as extremist religious groups have intensified their campaign against all forms of entertainment in north-west Pakistan. Read […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2007

    NEWSLETTERS ##PagePublishedLong## NEWSLETTER 1 — 2007 Happy New Year to all!     Freemuse will sign a new agreement with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) which enables us to keep up the work we do at the secretariat 2007-2011.     New Freemuse report: ‘Hidden Truths’ in Belarus In a new report on music […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2006

    NEWSLETTERS ##PagePublishedLong## NEWSLETTER 4 – June 2006 Freemuse World Conference attracts leading experts in music censorshipMusicians, researchers and media people from Cuba, Afghanistan, and the Middle East are amongst the confirmed speakers at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006. The list of approximately 30 speakers includes guitarist […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2006

    NEWSLETTERS NEWSLETTER no 3 May 2006 Freemuse World Conference in IstanbulThe 3rd international conference on music and censorship will take place in Istanbul, November 25-26, 2006. The conference will be hosted by Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi and arranged in collaboration with Association for Freedom of Expression, Association for Intercultural Communication and Turkish PEN.The conference will deal […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2006

    NEWSLETTERS ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE NEWSLETTER no. 1 / 2006   US censorship: New Freemuse report published today The new Freemuse report ‘Singing in the Echo Chamber’ written by Eric Nuzum is published today. The report describes how US musicians were affected and banned after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. The title refers to the "echo […]
  • Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2005

    NEWSLETTERS Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2005 ________________________________________________ CONTENT:   Zimbabwe:  Censor meets musicians   Cuba:  Gorki is out of prison   Censorship of female musicians:  An overview   Freemuse.org:  New web editor   Middle East:  Meeting on freedom of musical expression   West Africa:  Freemuse seminar in Senegal   Ghana:  Hiplife under attack   […]

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