• Bahrain: Student and teachers charged with ‘insulting Islam’ over Qur’an song

    A Bahraini high school student and two teachers have been charged with “insulting Islam” after the boy sang verses from the Qur’an accompanied by musical instruments, the official BNA news agency reported on 11 March 2015. The student is shown in the clip singing verses from Al Fatiha – The Opening – the first chapter […]
  • Bahrain: Parliament’s attempt to ban singer failed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Parliament’s attempt to ban singer failed Bahrain’s Islamist parliament members wanted to ban the Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe from performing in the country because of her sexy looks. They were not successful. Instead, their attempt gave the singer great publicity world-wide Singer and pop diva Haifa Wehbe (also spelled: Hayfa Wahbi) has so […]
  • Marcel Khalife’s video statement – مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث

    MARCEL KHALIFE ##PagePublishedLong## مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث عن مَجنون ليلى In this statement the Lebanese singer and composer Marcel Khalife speaks (in Arabic language) about why artists must engage in the defence of creativity. See translation below.   Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required www.marcelkhalife.com Duration: 4:32 minutes. The video was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, […]
  • Bahrain: Imprisoned for playing revolutionary songs in her car

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Imprisoned for playing revolutionary songs in her car According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 38 year old Fadhila Al Mubarak has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for participating in peaceful protests and for playing a revolutionary CD in her car. On 27 March 2011, Fadhila Al Mubarak […]
  • Bahrain: Campaign for woman convicted for listening to ‘revolutionary’ music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Campaign for woman convicted for listening to ‘revolutionary’ music Fadhila Mubarak’s 18-month prison sentence for protesting and listening to ‘revolutionary’ music was upheld by the Court of Cassation in Bahrain’s capital Manama on 30 January 2012. Amnesty International has opened a letter campaign for her release. Fadhila Mubarak was arrested on 20 […]
  • Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists A group of Bahraini artists and intellectuals have published a letter to UNESCO Artist for Peace Missa Johnouchi from Japan, who performed in Bahrain at the 20th Bahrain International Music Festival on 15 October 2011. This is the letter which was sent: 8 October 2011 […]
  • Bahrain: Freemuse appeal: Stop persecution of artists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Freemuse appeal: Stop persecution of artists In a letter to the Bahraini Minister of Culture, Freemuse has protested against the sacking of cultural workers and artists following the popular uprisings in the country in March 2011, which further led to the conviction of hundreds of intellectuals and cultural workers in the country. […]
  • Yemen: Singer threatened to be killed if festival is allowed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Yemen:Singer threatened to be killed if festival is allowed The First Aden Singing Festival stirs controversy in Yemen. A new fatwa (religious edict) bans music concerts in the country, and the famous Syrian singer Assala Nasry has been threatened that she will be killed if she enters the festival’s stage as scheduled on 14 […]
  • Bahrain: Marcel Khalife causes fury among Islamists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Marcel Khalife and Qassim Haddad cause fury in Bahrain’s parliament Members of parliament in the small Gulf kingdom Bahrain attacked a performance by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife and Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad as being a violation of Islamic morals and sharia laws Controversy has emerged with a new work by the famous Lebanese […]
  • Bahrain: Responses to attack on Khalife and Haddad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Responses to attack on Khalife and Haddad A performance at the "Spring of Culture" festival was attacked by fundamentalist members of the Bahraini parliament as being in violation of Islamic morals and Sharia laws. Below are three initial responses to the controversy – from the artists themselves, from a group of Arab intellectuals, […]
  • Bahrain: Freemuse declaration read aloud

    CAMPAIGNS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Freemuse declaration read aloud in Bahrain Freemuse has issued a declaration in support of the ‘Spring of Culture’ performance in Bahrain. The declaration reminds politicians in Bahrain of their responsibility of defending human rights and freedom of expression. The declaration was read aloud in front of an audience at a cultural manifestation in Bahrain […]
  • Declaration – إعلان فريميوز

    إعلان فريميوز بيان منظمة ” فري ميوز” إن الأمة التي تفتح نوافذها للعالم هي التي تستطيع أن تنمو، لسبب بسيط هو ثقتها بنفسها. مثل هذه الأمة بامكانها أن تستوعب الرؤى و الأفكار و العروض الفنية و تستمتع بها. أما الأمة التي تغلق عقلها فستدفع نفسها نحو العزلة و الغرف المظلمة. والمجتمع الذي يقبل بالمباديء الواردة في الإعلان […]
  • The Middle East: New restrictions on satellite tv

    NEWS The Middle East:New restrictions on satellite tv Freedom of expression in the Middle East suffered a major setback on 12 February 2008 when 21 information ministers of the Arab League agreed on a new charter which requires satellite tv broadcasting “not to offend leaders in the Arab world” and to “protect Arab identity from […]
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