• France: TV channel censors political message on rapper’s T-shirt in new video

    In an act that sparked public outrage on social media, French TV channel W9 decided to blur out rapper Black M’s T-shirt when airing his new video for his song ‘Je Suis Chez Moi’ due to a political message referring to a controversial death under police custody, reported Le Parisien on 19 September 2016. The […]
  • France: Music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances

    Music festival organisers in France have cancelled performances by the American band Eagles of Death Metal following controversial remarks by its frontman, reported various international news providers. The band’s Bataclan concert in Paris in November 2015 was attacked by terrorists, who shot and killed 89 people there. Eagles of Death Metal’s leadsinger Jesse Hughes had […]
  • France: Mayor cancels WWI centenary concert over rapper’s “anti-France” lyrics

    Verdun city mayor Samuel Hazard cancelled French rapper Black M’s concert commemorating the 100-year anniversary of WWI’s Battle of Verdun due to protests fuelled by far-right website’s fdesouche.com post on the rapper’s “anti-France” and homophobic lyrics, reported French radio station RFI on 14 May 2016. The site, along with National Front party members, in particular […]
  • France post-November 13: Musicians shocked but defiant

    The massacre at the Bataclan concert hall spreads fear and generates financial losses but also determination to carry on. Daniel Brown reports from Paris two weeks after the attacks “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.” Eagles of Death Metal By what eerie twist of fate did the three assaillants […]
  • France: Deadly terror attack at rock concert in Paris

    Over 80 rock music concertgoers are reported to have been shot dead in Paris. On 13 November 2015, 1,500 fans were attending a concert with the Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the popular music venue Bataclan in Paris, France, when it was attacked by terrorist gunmen, and concertgoers were taken hostage.  
 The attack took place […]
  • France: 100 censored songs

    Censorship of one form or the other has been a feature of the French music scene. Surprisingly, no books in French have ever been published on this question. Until, that is, a young French radio producer and a historian and law specialist joined forces to bring out the book ‘100 Chansons censurées’ – about 100 […]
  • France: Verdict of three years imprisonment to rapper in Marseilles

    The court in Marseilles summoned the French-Algerian rapper Lacrim (real name: Karim Zenoud), but he didn’t show up in court. He was consequently given status as a fugitive and sentenced in absentia to three years imprisonment. Lacrim was charged in court because of the video for his song ‘Viens, je t’emmène’, in which he uses […]
  • France: Prime minister intervenes to stop ban of posters for musical trio

    The French Prime Minister stepped in to have a ban lifted on an advert for a musical trio called ‘The Priests’. The country’s tram and Metro network RATP came under fire for pushing France’s beloved secularity too far when it banned posters advertising a concert with Les Pretres in June 2015. Les Pretres (‘The Priests’) […]
  • France: Once banned protest songs make comeback

    Maloya a type of dance music from the island of Reunion was considered such a threat to the French state in the 1970s that it was banned. Maloya music is now becoming popular around the world – and is being used to express the anger of a new generation. Maloya was seen by the French […]
  • France: Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’

    NEWS France:Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’ For the last six years one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, has been locked in a legal battle against current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. On 3 June 2008, the fourth trial took place, pitting one of the band members, Hamé, against the Ministry of […]
  • La musique – un Droit de l’Homme

  • France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled Reggae singer Capleton’s allegedly homophobic lyrics has prompted protests by the gay rights group Coordination InterPride France, calling to ban his concerts. So far, six French music venues have axed scheduled performances in response, reports BBC World. Jamaican reggae star Capleton (real name: Clifton George) is a […]
  • French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyricsFrench minister warned “hate lyric” French rap groups they faced legal action if they performed in public material that was racist or anti-Semitic. The band Sniper has outraged deputies in the governing UMP party with “La France,” which taps the deep sense of alienation of disaffected […]
  • France: Rap lyrics targeted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:Rap lyrics targeted The French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls wants to fight “aggressive” rap lyrics attacking the state, insulting the flag and women. This is the conclusion after a member of the senate had chosen to question him on the subject of what she called “absolutely unprecedented violence against France”. Manuel […]
  • France: Threats, campaigns and media rage against heavy metal festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France: Threats, campaigns and media rage against heavy metal festival On 18-20 June, Clisson in France hosts one of the most ecclectic metal festival in the world, Hellfest. In May 2010, the festival organizers received threats from religious groups, and according to the organizers, the media attention which followed has doubled their ticket […]
  • France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper

    NEWS 20 July 2009 France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper 27-year-old rapper Orelsan was removed from the programme of a major French music festival in the last minute — and then quickly became the centre of a national debate over censorship. Should rappers be able to sing whatever they like in the name […]
  • France: Petition to remove ban on Roma music at religious festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:Petition to remove ban on Roma music An online petition seeks to have a ban lifted on playing music in the streets during the Roma people’s annual pilgrimage in Saintes Maries de la Mer Gypsies from throughout Europe travel each 24-25 May to the town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer in […]
  • France: Musician attacked by airport police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:Musician attacked by airport security officers Tighter anti-terror security causes problems for touring musicians because their expensive musical instruments are not always allowed on the plane as carry-on baggage. In Paris, a musician had his arm broken by violent airport police officers because he insisted on taking his instrument case onboard, reports Mondomix.com […]
  • France: Rappers blamed for stoking violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:French rappers blamed for stoking violence A conservative lawmaker in France has asked the French government to take legal action against music groups he blames for stoking the riots that engulfed depressed suburbs After the weeks of riots that engulfed depressed suburbs around Paris, starting on 27 October 2005 after an accident where […]
  • France: New onslaught against French rappers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:New onslaught against rappers The French government has reacted to the rioting in France’s poorest neighbourhoods by measures that include a clampdown on French rappers. An attitude that harbours on state censorship of one of the few outlets for the youth to articulate their realities, writes Daniel Brown in his Mondomix editorial of […]
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    COMMUNIQU « Which way Nigeria ? »Charia, argent, morale et autocensure: menaces sur la musiquePar Jean-Christophe Servant Le reporter Jean-Christophe Servant pr Read more:
  • La Rumeur: accused of inciting violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## La Rumeur: accused of inciting violence against the police and the mediaInterview with French hip hop group La RumeurWhen it was fashionable for French hip hop groups to sign up for a major label La Rumeur went underground. But when fashion went underground, the six-member rap band turned to EMI to release its […]
  • Les droits des musiciens, des compositeurs et des auteurs

  • France: Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges

    NEWS 25 September 2008 France:Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges On 23 September 2008, Mohamed Bourokba, known as Hamé, was acquitted. The verdict brings to an end one of France’s most protracted and symbolic libel cases which during the last six years has locked one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, in a […]
  • Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP VIDEO INTERVIEWSfrom the conference in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006 Fadal Dey – singer from Côte d’Ivoire Grup Yorum – music group from Turkey Jason Carter – British guitarist about Saudi Arabia Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher about China Mario Masvidal – professor from […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
  • Shoot the Singer! – table of contents

    SHOOT THE SINGER ! TABLE OF CONTENTS Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today table of contents one | Introduction1 What is music censorship? Towards a better understanding of the termMartin Cloonan 2 Music as a parallel power structureAlenka Barber-Kersovan 3 Music as a useless activity: conservative interpretations of music in IslamJonas Otterbeck two | Asia4 […]
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