• Egypt: Musician takes Music Syndicate head to court

    Nearly a year after his arrest on charges of “devil worshipping” and “promoting music that contradicts Egyptian religious beliefs and cultural norms”, Egyptian heavy metal musician and concert promoter Nader Sadek is suing Head of the Music Syndicate Hani Shaker for libel and defamation. The initial hearing is scheduled to take place at the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court […]
  • Listen to forbidden female voices

    » To listen, go to play.spotify.com   MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2017 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – IN CELEBRATION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S VOICES 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? This is why Freemuse is focusing […]
  • 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 […]
  • Morocco: News site publishes blacklist of artists with alleged ties to Israel

    On 9 September 2016, Moroccan news site Noon Presse published its own blacklist of seven Moroccan performers and artists who have “normalised” relations with Israel, which means, according to the site, that the artists have chosen “to go against the flow” by “unashamedly visiting Israel or communicating with Israelis”. The blacklist includes three musicians, two […]
  • Egypt: Heavy metal concert cancelled, three arrested

    Concert promoter and musician Nader Sadek, along with two others, were arrested by Giza police when they stopped a heavy metal concert on 4 June 2016 featuring Brazilian band Sepultura before it even started due to a lack of permits, reported Ahram Online on 5 June 2016. Head of the Giza Security Directorate General Ahmed […]
  • Egypt: Radio station bans mahraganat song

    Ahmed Sameer, president of Cairo’s Nagham FM radio station, has banned Mahmoud al-Laithi and female singer Bossi’s mahraganat song ‘Bonbonaia’ (meaning candy) from the station, reported Youm7.com on 18 April 2016. Sameer’s order came after Ahmed al-Shenawi’s show ‘My Beloved People’ aired the song, which Sameer said contained explicit lyrics that “do not match Egyptian […]
  • Egypt: Fear of heavy metal returns

    Recent controversies in Egypt over heavy metal music continue to highlight findings in the 2010 Freemuse report “Headbanging against Repressive Regimes”, wherein the music and its fans remain misunderstood and victims of conservative policies and societies. Freemuse Egypt stringer, Shahira Amin, explains the recent events around heavy metal concerts, the role of the Musicians Syndicate and its […]
  • Egypt: Mahraganat artists challenge limits

    For many youngsters in Egypt, mahraganat artists represent the voice of the people. They address social issues, relationships and drug problems. They operate in a landscape of recognition, occasional public and self-censorship and the consequences of the newly suggested committee for “the development of morals and conscience and the promotion of work ethics and values […]
  • Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

    Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]
  • Egypt: Arts unions granted legal powers to self-police

    On 9 November 2015 Minister of Justice Ahmed El-Zend granted judicial police status, or “Al Dabtia Al Kadaeia”, to both the musician’s and actor’s trade unions, effectively meaning that unions members can now legally police and regulate themselves, reported news site Dotmsr.com The controversial decision was further compounded when, on the same day, El-Zend conferred […]
  • Egypt: Government cancels concert marking revolution anniversary

    The band Elawela Balady posted on its Facebook page that they were informed by the Ministry of State of Antiquities to cancel a concert they had scheduled on 24 January 2016 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, reported The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. The cancellation comes despite the fact […]
  • Egypt: Singer released after paying bail on contempt of religion charges

    Shaaban Abdel Rahim, famed and controversial Egyptian folklore singer, was under legal and public attacks for the Youtube release of a video of him singing Qur’an lyrics while wearing the religious clothing of Al-Azhar clerics, which landed him in jail, reported The Cairo Post. Attorney Mohammed Kamal filed a claim in October 2015 against Abdel […]
  • Egypt: Union president suspends six singers from performing

    Hani Shaker, controversial president of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate, issued a decision to suspend six singers from being able to work as artists based on their behaviours during performances, reported Al Arabya News. Shaker stated that their behaviour was not in line with public morals as they wore “body revealing clothes” and acted “racy” and […]
  • Egypt: Resolution against revealing clothing and “vulgar” lyrics

    Egypt’s Musicians’ Union bans artists from wearing “indecent” clothing and using “vulgar” vocabulary on stage and television in a resolution passed at the end of August 2015. Hani Shaker, the newly elected head of the union, aims to continue to promote Egyptian art, but not at the expense of the country’s morals and customs, thus […]
  • Egypt: movie song banned by the Egyptian censorship authorities

    The Egyptian Artworks Censorship Board has postponed the display of a movie called ‘4 play cards’, starring the popular young electro Sha’abi singers Oka & Ortega, according to The Egyptian Today. Sha’abi is a relatively new Egyptian music style, a kind of ‘electronic folk’. The movie was initially planned to be released in Cinema in […]
  • Egypt, Lebanon: Trance music boycotted for Israeli collaborations

    German trance music producer and DJ Paul Van Dyk has had his new album ‘The Politics of Dancing 3’ banned in Egypt, Lebanon and several other countries in the Middle East, allegedly because it was produced in collaboration with Israeli producers. Paul Van Dyk, one of the world’s most famous trance artists, made a point […]
  • Egypt: Ministry of Education bans ‘Mahrajant’ folkloric music at schools

    According to the independent Egyptian newspaper El Fagr, the Ministry of Education in Egypt has sent an instructive letter to all governorates’ educational departments stressing that no musical tones or songs can be played in classrooms unless it has been pre-approved by the Ministry to be used in the educational process. Dr Nesrin Helmy, assistant […]
  • Freemuse presents: ‘From Zombies to Revolutionaries’

    Music is the Weapon… of the Present! Middle East’s Revolutionary Artists meet Fela Anikulapo Kuti One was beaten, one was imprisoned, all have been questioned by the police and most are facing censorship. But their music cannot be stopped. Freemuse is proud to present a unique track with a group of today’s most powerful Arab […]
  • Egypt: Authorities refuse to grant visa to Palestinian singer

    In February 2015, the Egyptian authorities refused to grant the Palestinian singer Rim Banna a visa to enter the country, when the artist was planning to give a concert, reported Tahrir News. According to Rim Banna’s comments on her Facebook page this was the second time she was refused an entry visa to Egypt. “Egypt […]
  • Egypt: National Security issues lead to cancellation of sold-out double-concert

    Daily News Egypt reported that a cultural festival called ‘Bab El-Shams’ (‘The Door to the Sun’) in Alexandria, which featured the two bands Massar Egbari and Cairokee, was cancelled because National Security would not issue an official permission. “To attend a concert by Massar Egbari or Cairokee is currently a milestone amongst Egypt’s youth, because […]
  • Egypt: Musicians Union bans singer from performing

    The outspoken Egyptian actress, singer, belly dancer and television personality Sama Al Masri has been banned from singing in Egypt by the country’s Musicians Union. The board of the Musicians Union, chaired by Union President Mostafa Kamel, decided unanimously to cancel the work authorisation of the ‘show-singer’ Sama Al Masri on the grounds that she […]
  • Egypt: Hurghada music festival cancelled

    Citing “security reasons”, the Spring Hurghada Island 2015 Festival was cancelled by security authorities in the Red Sea governorate. The festival was scheduled to be held on Sunday 12 April 2015. The cancellation followed shortly after a death sentence had been issued against Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other members of […]
  • Egypt: Growing number of concerts cancelled for “security reasons”

    A scheduled concert in Egypt with the Lebanese singer Meriam Fares is the latest in a long row of live concerts which have been cancelled by the Egyptian police during April 2015, allegedly for “security reasons”. The Ministry of Interior also has cancelled live concerts which were scheduled to be held in Cairo, quoting “security […]
  • Egypt: Singer banned ‘temporarily’ from performing his songs

    Singer Hamza Namera is being investigated by the Musicians Union which as issued a ‘temporary’ resolution to ban him from singing. Hamza Namera is an Egyptian singer, who was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia until the age of 12 when his parents returned to Alexandria, Egypt. In 2011, he was known to be […]
  • Egypt: Composer arrested and singer escaped

    On Friday 13 March 2015, two hours after a song called ‘Egypt is Narrow’, (‘Masr ya Dayka’) had been broadcasted on the tv channel Al Sharq, the composer of the song, Ahmed Al Basher, was arrested, and the singer, Ali Al Hendawi, was allegedly being chased by police. The song ‘Egypt is Narrow’ is a […]
  • Suppression of artsfreedom in Middle East and North Africa discussed in UN

    The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in conjunction with Freemuse and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry organised a discussion panel on Friday 13 March 2015 on the sidelines of the 28th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, discussing several forms of suppression of artistic freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa. The panel, the […]
  • Egypt: Documentary with Ramy Essam and censored artists

    The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression recently released a documentary exploring freedom of creativity in Egypt by interviewing the artists that have been subjected to governmental censorship. The documentary features interviews with musician Ramy Essam who was dubbed by the New Yorker as “the bard of the Egyptian revolution”, journalist Ahmad Nagy who […]
  • Egypt: Sufi concert cancelled

    Inshad concert for Sheikh Yasin el Tohami in Al Hussein mosque area in Cairo was cancelled, allegedly for security reasons. On 18 February 2015, security authorities decided to cancel an Inshad (religious singing with no musical instruments) concert by Sheikh Yasin el Tohami, the master of religious Monshedeen (song performers), which was scheduled to be […]
  • Egypt: Singer prosecuted for protesting

    Singer Mohamed Attia is being prosecuted for “incitement of violence” as he had protested against a court’s ruling to acquit Mubarak, reported Dina al-Shibeeb in Al Arabiya News on 25 January 2015. An Egyptian lawyer, Hisham Ibrahim, had filed a legal case against the famed actor Khaled Abu al-Naga and singer Mohamed Attia with the […]
  • Egypt: Dialogue stopped by restrictions, censorship and arrests

    “Democracy is about dialogue. It is not about shutting down ideas or artistic expressions which may be in opposition to the majority or the ruling system. Due to restrictions and censorship, this dialogue is not possible in Egypt now,” writes Egyptian singer and activist Ramy Essam in this opinion-piece which was first published by Al […]
  • Egyptian singer Ramy Essam: “Why I move to Sweden for two years”

    Since Freemuse announced that the Egyptian singer and musician Ramy Essam has been offered a two year residence in the Swedish city Malmö, rumours and tweets in Egypt have speculated whether he is seeking asylum. This is not the case, explained Ramy Essam, who issued the following statement on 23 October 2014: “Malmö, Wednesday, 22 […]
  • Swedish city offers Egyptian musician safe city residence

    The 27-year-old Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam will be residing in Malmö, Sweden, for the next two years. This is a direct consequence of the interogation in June 2014 by the National Security Police and the continuous censorship of his music in Egypt. Ramy Essam was hailed as the “singer of the […]
  • Tunisia and Egypt: Music censorship after the Spring

    ‘The Cultural Spring’ in Tunisia and Egypt: Musicians are pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. By Victor Salama   While some Arab countries saw political changes in 2011 – president Ben Ali was ousted from power after ruling Tunisia for 24 years, Hosni Mubarak was deposed after ruling Egypt for 30 years – many cultural […]
  • Egypt: Censorship report launched in jam-packed Cairo theatre

    Already hours before the launch of the Freemuse/AFTE study ‘Censors of Creativity’ on 21 May 2014, dozens of young Ramy Essam supporters started gathering outside the entrance of the Townhouse/Rawabet Theatre in downtown Cairo. The famous ‘singer of the revolution’ was one of the artists who performed at the launch. This was a reminder that […]
  • Egypt: Freemuse award winner interrogated by security police

    Singer Ramy Essam gives an account of his experiences with the Egyptian Security Police obsessed by discovering links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Ramy Essam is used to being harassed by police. When he returns from the studio or a club after midnight in Cairo, he – like many others – is frequently stopped by police. […]
  • Egypt should abolish censorship of the arts

    AFTE and Freemuse publish an extensive study on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The 84-page report ‘Censors of Creativity’ reveals that the Egyptian government needs to reform the current legislative and institutional apparatus of censorship. “Several conservative restrictions imposed on artistic creativity contravene human rights standards and basic liberties,” says Ahmed Ezzat, the Egyptian […]
  • Egypt: Revolutionary singer stopped from performing

    The Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the country’s interim president and military chief for “security concerns”. Mohsen told The Associated Press he thought officials might “specifically targeted” him over his revolutionary songs or because he participated in […]
  • Freemuse and AFTE to the United Nations: Egypt should abolish prior censorship

    Egypt should abolish prior censorship and allow artists to organise freely. These are two of the recommendations made by Freemuse and AFTE to the Egyptian government in a joint Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted to the United Nations. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council in the United Nations […]
  • African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

    Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform in Cairo – all joining […]
  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood rapper’s music equipment seized by police

    When the police showed up at his studio in Alexandria in October 2013, Abdullah Sharif, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood party, was not arrested. However the police officers seized his equipment: headphones, a microphone stand, power cables, an amplifier – basically anything that could be used to make music. “Here, you can sing […]
  • USA: MTV series documents power of music and art to ignite change

    Launched on 18 November 2013, the weekly series ‘Rebel Music’ on MTV’s collage-channel in the United States, mtvU, documents youth uprising and the power of music and art to ignite change in conflict areas around the world. “Revolution has a sound. Meet a new generation of fearless youth igniting change around the world.” Each of […]
  • Egypt: Amal Maher’s music banned because of ‘revolutionary’ lyrics

    The Egyptian Minister of Information, Salah Abdel Maqsoud, threw down a ban on the former Arab Idol contestant’s music because it was believed to be calling for a revolution against the president. See on www.albawaba.com
  • Egypt: Ruby’s music videos banned on national tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Ruby’s music videos banned by national tv Ruby’s music videos are banned by Egyptian tv for being too sexy, and she has been banned from holding concerts in Kuwait. According to studies by the London-based daily Al-Hayat, the Egyptian singer Ruby is considered to be more popular than any political or intellectual […]
  • Egypt: “I’m the only woman in Egypt who screams”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“I’m the only woman in Egypt who screams” In the session ‘OVERCOMING: WOMEN; ART AND EGYPT’, filmmaker Petr Lom introduces a dialogue between musician Sherine Amr and writer, theatre director and actress Sondos Shabayek. Sherine Amr has described herself as “the only woman in Egypt who screams”. […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: 2011 Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm Award ceremony from SKAP. On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. “My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank you for […]
  • Ramy Essam

    RAMY ESSAM(Egypt) ##PagePublishedLong## Ramy Essam comments on music censorship in Egypt. This interview with Ramy Essam was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 November 2011. 18 days at the Tahrir Square in February 2011 catapulted singer and guitarist Ramy Essam to fame. All of a sudden, he was on CCN, BBC, in ’60 […]
  • Egypt: Stopped performing “in a kind of limbo”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Band stopped performing “in a kind of limbo” The Egyptian band Sandouk Eldonia stopped playing their political songs after the revolution broke out. “Before we have come further in Egypt, we cannot make art,” told lead singer Omar Essam to the Danish newspaper Information. The idea that the word is free now, […]
  • Egypt: State broadcaster allegedly banned songs of Hany Shaker

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: State broadcaster allegedly banned songs of Hany Shaker Two of the famous Egyptian singer Hany Shaker’s latest songs, ‘Eid Wahda’ and ‘Sout El Shohy’, allegedly have been banned from broadcasting by the country’s public service radio and tv channels, reported Ahram Online on 15 August 2011 “In spite of the Egyptian State […]
  • Egypt: ‘The Voice of the Street’ in Cairo could not be silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: ‘The Voice of the Street’ in Cairo could not be silenced Despite censorship and harassment from the Egyptian military regime, the biggest ever line up of Arabic rappers and the spirit and resilience of the Cairo youth made Friday 4 November 2011 a night to remember, wrote Martin Fernando Jakobsen in his […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: 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 years spent […]
  • Egypt: Ramy Essam’s concert at Cairo University abrubtly closed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt:Ramy Essam’s concert at Cairo University abrubtly closed On 26 October 2011, Ramy Essam’s concert at the Cairo University Medicine School was abrubtly stopped by the Dean of the university. By Freemuse The concert took place in connection with an opening event for an exhibition entitled ‘Transition stage, police and thieves’, and it […]
  • Egypt: Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt:Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring His songs were inspired by the experiences he had in the eye of the revolutionary hurricane on Tahrir Square. The events gave Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, and the Western media have proclaimed him to be […]
  • Egypt: BBC radio interview with singer Ramy Essam

    RADIO PROGRAMMES ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Radio interview with singer Ramy Essam Listen to BBC’s interview with Ramy Essam, the Egyptian singer-songwriter who became famous for turning protesters chants into catchy songs The 24-year-old singer Ramy Essam was one of the first to stand up on stage on Tahrir Square in January 2011 and directly attack Mr […]
  • Egypt and Tunisia: The artistic revolution in the Middle East

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt and Tunisia:The artistic revolution in the Middle East “This was a very artistic revolution,” Noor Ayman Nour, son of a famous dissident Egyptian politician and founder of the Egyptian metal band Bliss, told Andy Morgan — a writer, journalist, researcher and event programmer with a background in the music industry who has […]
  • Egypt and the Middle East: The musicians are taking incredible risks

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## The Middle East: The musicians are taking incredible risks “As we all enjoy the stories of how music has become a potent weapon in the struggles for freedom across the Arab world, let’s bear in mind that the situation could change for the worse,” writes author Mark LeVine in this personal commentary based […]
  • Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured Ramy Essam, the creator of the famous ‘#Jan25 Tahrir’ song that was played throughout the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, appeared with severe marks of torture after being detained by security forces, reported Egyptian bloggers via Twitter and Facebook. Below is a translation of Ramy Essam’s testimony which […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship of heavy metal music

    FREEMUSE REPORT ##PagePublishedLong## Mark LeVineHEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES – Censorship of heavy metal in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and China Report no. 9 Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2010ISSN: 1601-2127. ISBN 978-87-988163-3-1.    104 pages. Purchase printed version Right-click to download(On Mac: CTRL-click) Review Metalunderground.com – 4 March 2011:Review by Rockstar_Scribbler“Immediately after the first couple pages […]
  • Launch of Freemuse’s new report on censorship of heavy metal music

    FREEMUSE REPORT ##PagePublishedLong## Take part in the launch of Freemuse’s heavy metal report Mark LeVine is online, ready to communicate with you on Facebook and Skype, from 6 PM to 8 PM GMT on Monday 22 February 2010. SkypeIn order to communicate with Mark LeVine on Skype, you need to establish contact with his skype […]
  • Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing Egyptian music officials have banned Elton John from performing in Egypt at a private event later this month because of his recent comments that Jesus was gay. The German news agency DPA quoted Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, as saying that […]
  • Freemuse: Young Arab leaders discussed music censorship

    ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: Young Arab leaders discussed music censorship Music censorship in the Middle East and North Africa was in focus at a Stockholm seminar on 12 June 2009, rounding up a ‘Young Leaders’ training programme. Freemuse’s programme manager Ole Reitov joined rapper Behrang Miri from Iran in a discussion with more than 30 social […]
  • Tunisia/Egypt: Najla too sexy for Egyptian tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia / Egypt:Najla banned on Egyptian tv channel The Egyptian music channel Mazzika will not air Tunisian singer and dancer Najla’s new music video because it is considered pornographic Najla is trying eagerly to return to the scenes, yet decisions to ban her music surround her. This is the third time the singer’s music video has […]
  • Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry  Najla worked as a belly dancer and singer in Egypt. She had taken a short vacation from Egypt and visited her homeland Tunisia, but was shocked upon her return that Cairo Airport Security would not let her enter the country The news of Najla’s banning from Egypt […]
  • Egypt: state censorship committee bans music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: State censorship committee bans music videos Egyptian authorities have initiated a crack down on music videos which feature females barely dressed. As popular female stars reveal more and more flesh, controversy grows in Egypt’s mainly Muslim society The Egyptian Censorship Committee has banned 20 music videos “which featured sexual connotations and females barely dressed”, stressing […]
  • Egypt: TV bans ‘romantic’ songs amid unrest

    The broadcasting of any “romantic” songs or music videos on Egyptian state television channels has been banned, a state-run newspaper announced on 13 December 2012, adding that only “patriotic” tunes will be allowed to be aired. See on english.alarabiya.net
  • 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 […]
  • Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt

    ARTICLES 20 April 2011 The Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt Hip-hop plays a central role in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. Rap songs create an important platform for communication creating moral support and encouraging a spirit of resistance and revolt against the regime.  A new music […]
  • 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 […]
  • Jonas Otterbeck: Islamic reactions to the music of today

    WORKING PAPER Battling over the public sphere: Islamic reactions to the music of today A working paper – by Jonas Otterbeck, PhD in history of religions “States and local authorities have taken action against heavy metal musicians, female singers, music videos, and public concerts. Islamist and conservative Islamic organizations or individuals try to disturb and […]
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