• South Korea: K-pop stars receive death threats

    In mid-June 2017, K-pop group Apink and K-pop singer Mina, from group Twice, received death threats, via social media and phone, respectively, reported The Korea Herald. The newspaper reported that an unidentified man called Gangnam police in Seoul on the evening of 14 June 2017 saying that he wanted to stab the members of Apink […]
  • South Korea: Public broadcaster deems songs from pop star’s new album unfit

    South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS has banned four songs from K-pop star Psy’s latest album from being broadcast due to their lyrics, reported Korea Joongang Daily on 18 May 2017. KBS said the lyrics to ‘New Face’ and ‘Bomb’ had lyrics that were “too vulgar for television; while the lyrics to ‘I Luv It’, though […]
  • South Korea: Alleged government blacklist of 9,473 artists over politics

    South Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo revealed on 11 October 2016 that the South Korean government blacklisted 9,473 artists from receiving state support, including financial support, due to their political activity of either being critical of the current government or backing opposition politicians, reported The Korea Times on 12 October 2016. The 100-page blacklist is […]
  • China: State agency reportedly bans South Korean stars over diplomatic feud

    Officials from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television have allegedly passed down “verbal orders” to TV stations that approvals for South Korean programmes or those featuring South Korean stars would not be granted for the time being, reported South China Morning Post on 2 August 2016. Further, according to the new […]
  • South Korea: TV bans sexy music video

    Korean television has banned K-pop star Jay Park’s latest music video due to its sexual imagery, The Korea Times reported. The video for Park’s lead single, ‘You Know,’ from his new album features Park dancing with fellow K-pop star HyunA. South Korean monitors gave the video a 19+ parental advisory rating. Though K-pop has been […]
  • South Korea: TV network bans pop song for using Japanese

    Crayon Pop, the popular South Korean idol group, was banned from broadcasting its latest track on one of South Korea’s biggest networks. The reason? It contains the Japanese word ‘pika’. Source:  www.kotaku.com
  • South Korea: K-pop music booms but censors still loom

    The South Korean music style K-pop has become a success story of music export and glamour, but a long history of censorship and regulation still affects the music markets in South Korea. By Yoo Eun Lee, Global Voices Korean editor and founder of K-pop Decoder   Photo by Alexander William Varley (via K-pop Decoder)   […]
  • South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop singer’s concert American pop singer Lady Gaga’s upcoming Seoul concert has been restricted to over-18s by the Korea Media Rating Board, as the Gender Ministry considers one of her songs, ‘Just Dance’ which is to be performed at the show, as “inappropriate” for minors, reported […]
  • South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned The South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality & Family has caused distress amongst fans in recent months for a series of bans they’ve made on songs they considered ‘hazardous media’ to the youth. In this context, a representative clarified that a […]
  • 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 […]
  • South Korea: Music and oppression in Korea in the 1970s

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea:Music and oppression in Korea in the 1970s “In the history of Korean music, the 1970s was the darkest era. So many songs were banned, and so many musicians had to give up music,” writes Kim Seon-joo in a column in The Hankyoreh where he describes the era in the background of […]
  • South Korea: Popular music video banned for ‘abuse of public property’

    A South Korean tv station has banned Psy’s music video ‘Gentleman’, allegedly because the rapper can be seen abusing public property, kicking a cone which says ‘no parking’. According to the state-funded KBS, the video clip goes against its standards as a public broadcaster. KBS stated that they have banned videos in the past for […]
  • 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 […]
  • South Korea: Government pressure on musical about North Korea

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea:Government pressure on musical about detention camp A cultural center in southern Seoul runs the musical ‘Yoduk Story’ which is set in a remote North Korean detention camp, Yoduk. Its creator had to overcome several obstacles because of the controversial message of the show. Musical director Jung Sung-san said the government’s possible […]
  • South Korea: Censors attempted to silence hip hop group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea:Censors attempted to silence hip hop group Because the top-selling Korean hip hop group Epik High talks about social issues, the South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism has tried to censor their songs, tells the group in an interview with The Korea Times Epik High is a three-member hip-hop group whose […]
  • 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 […]
  • South Korea: Protest music returns to be remembered

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Protest music returns to be remembered For protesters scared of arresting officers and being bludgeoned in the streets, some were too frightened to express their minds. But with songs people found the courage to deliver their message. Until the late 1980s, recording music that criticized the government was prohibited.Undeterred, students and […]
  • 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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