• 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 […]
  • China: Concert with North Korean band cancelled

    The North Korean pop group Moranbong Band was scheduled to perform in Beijing, China, on 12 December 2015 to cultivate ties between the two countries, but their concert was abruptly cancelled without explanation a few hours before they were to have entered the stage at the city’s National Centre. A concert with the North Korean […]
  • North Korea: House-to-house searches to confiscate banned music

    The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has issued a decree demanding the destruction of tapes and CDs that could threaten the regime, reported Daily NK. Concerned about possible threats to his regime, the North Korean leader has reportedly ordered music censorship to be extended, banning not only foreign songs but local tunes too, sources inside […]
  • North Korea: Singer who was claimed executed is apparently alive

    In August 2013, the North Korean singer Hyon Song-Wol was reported by South Korea’s largest daily newspaper The Chosun Ilbo to have been executed by firing squad. On 16 May 2014, she appeared on North Korean state television, apparently alive and well, as she delivered a speech at a national art workers rally in Pyongyang. […]
  • North Korea: 12 musicians reportedly executed by firing squad

    Unconfirmed reports claim the famous North Korean pop singer Hyun Song-wol was among a number of musicians who were executed by firing squad on 20 August 2013, according to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Left: This screen capture from North Korean Central TV shows the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un clapping during a concert […]
  • North Korea: Jason Carter – ‘The Colour Of Silence’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## North Korea:The Colour Of Silence Excerpts from Jason Carter’s diary, ‘The Colour Of Silence In The Axis Of Evil’ Jason Carter is a British guitarist who has travelled and toured in more than 70 countries. This is his personal account of his first performance in North Korea – as the second person from […]
  • Korea: ‘The people united’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## THE PEOPLE UNITED: MUSIC FOR NORTH KOREA’S ‘GREAT LEADER’ AND ‘DEAR LEADER’By Keith Howard, Senior Lecturer, SOAS, and Director, AHRB Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance, UK In North Korea the word “censorship” is a euphemism. The government simply controls all areas of musical life. Keith Howard’s paper examines this very […]
  • Jason Carter: Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## North Korea:Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection YouTube.com Jason Carter, the British guitarist who recorded the song ‘Navai’ with Marjan Vahdat for the initial Music Freedom Day in 2007, has produced this personal video documentary about a trip he made in North Korea in 2007. It contains several reflections […]
  • South Korea: Ban on North Korean praise music upheld

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Ban on North Korean praise music upheld The Supreme Court in South Korea has ruled that possessing instrumental music with titles praising communist North Korea is a crime, reported Radio New Zealand. Read the full story here: Radio New Zealand – 08 November 2010:‘Banned: music with titles praising North Korea’ Related […]
  • North Korea: Three years in prison for simply singing a wrong song

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## North Korea:Three years in prison for simply singing a wrong song Because she had sung a South Korean folk song and taught it to four others in 1992, the North Korean singer Ji Hae Nam (Hae-Nam Ji) was imprisoned for three years, tortured and sexually abused. “Normally, concerts in North Korea are limited […]
  • North Korea: Exiled because of passion for jazz

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## North Korea:Pianist exiled because of his passion for jazz Classical pianist Kim Cheol-woong (Cheol Woong Kim) had to flee North Korea to realise his dream of becoming a jazz pianist. Since 2003, he has lived in South Korea In North Korea, access to most foreign music is banned. People can be imprisoned for […]
  • 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 […]
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