• Sweden: Metal band allegedly receives threats after cancelling gig

    Swedish metal band Black Ingvars have reported receiving multiple anonymous death threats after they decided to pull out of a summer festival organised by far-right, nationalist party Swedish Democrats, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on 8 August 2016. “I have received emails where people write that they hope I’ll die in a car crash or suffer […]
  • Nordic Ministers of Culture declare support for artistic freedom

    “Artistic and creative expressions, as an integral part of the human right to freedom of expressions, is critical both to the development of cultures and to the functioning of democratic societies,” said a declaration by the Nordic Ministers of Culture adopted at a seminar on 2 May 2016 during the World Press Freedom Days in Helsinki. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sweden: Proposal for Eurovision to focus on freedom of expression

    City of Stockholm should not only take part in organising the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2016, but should also pay special attention to freedom of expression for musicians and vocalists in the world. This is what the liberal party Folkpartiet in Stockholm has suggested in a letter to the city’s department of culture. “It […]
  • Sweden: Rap group’s concerts cancelled after free speech controversies

    Hip-hop flirting with political violence causes controversy and debate around the world. The Swedes have recently been having a thorough public discussion about where to draw the line between illegal hate speech on one side, and artists’ democratic right to express themselves on the other. Here is a run-down of Kartellen’s free speech journey in […]
  • 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 […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc joins Freemuse at conference in Sweden

    The Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç will join Freemuse Director Ole Reitov on 12 February 2014 at an international conference ‘Freedom of Speech – Perspectives and Initiatives’ in Uppsala, Sweden. Ferhat Tunç, a Freemuse Award winner, has faced dozens of court cases in Turkey. He is considered one of the most important voices for the rights […]
  • Sweden: Public broadcaster excludes hit rap song from playlists

    Because of ‘violent lyrics’ and a ‘stance against the Sweden Democrats and the Moderates’, the song ‘Black Doves and Wilted Lilies’ (‘Svarta duvor och vissna liljor’) by Timbuktu (real name: Jason Diakité) and Sebbe Staxx (real name: Sebastian Stakset) will not be included on the national Swedish radio’s playlists and is thus practically banned from […]
  • Norwegian cultural executive: “We have a problem in our own society”

    “One should not have to travel far to find examples of oppression. Filmmaker and artist Deeyah had to flee to London to escape harassment from very conservative communities in our own country,” said Yngve Slettholm at the opening session of the annual national meeting of Arts Council Norway in Bergen 13-14 November. Yngve Slettholm is […]
  • Sweden: ‘Impossible Music Sessions’ in Stockholm

    On 11 June 2013, music written by the censored artists Pussy Riot and Arya Aramnejad will be interpreted and presented in the Swedish capital Stockholm by the artists Jennie Abrahamson, Linnéa Olsson and Love Antell. The concert, entitled ‘The Impossible Music Sessions Stockholm Session #1’ is organised by SKAP, the Swedish Society of Popular Music, […]
  • Sweden: Explicit lyrics cause heated debate about women’s sexuality

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Explicit lyrics cause heated debate about women’s sexuality In Sweden a song by Frida Muranius has caused furore. After being banned on two regional public service radio stations, the song lyrics are debated in newspapers, radio, web forums and court yards in the country. Almost everyone has an opinion about Muranius’ sexually […]
  • Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

    NEWS 12 April 2012 Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled In March 2012, the 35-year-old Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was stopped from performing in Sweden, second time around in the same month, because of his infamous homophobic lyrics. Sizzla was scheduled to perform in Slakthuset in Stockholm on 28 March 2012, but […]
  • Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Austin Dacey, USA:Expanding the boundaries Amplifying music in the face of censorshipA presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 November 2011 in Stockholm. SourceSee more videos from the conference:right11.se/videos Related reading on freemuse.org Statement by Freemuse Executive Committee […]
  • Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues A seemingly uncontroversial post on the Facebook profile of the club and concert hall Slakthuset in Stockholm resulted in death threats against DJ Tova Wellton. “Book more women, please” said Tova Wellton’s Facebook post to Slakthuset that ended in a heated debate […]
  • Sweden: The conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: International conference on music, revolution and authors’ rights How can we support authors and musicians in the face of censorship and repression? Are authors free to express their minds in our modern, digital world? And how is freedom of expression connected to authors’ rights? The questions will be investigated at the international […]
  • Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden: Academic network for reseaching music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Nordic countries: Academic network for reseaching music censorship Over 40 professors, university researchers and students from the Nordic countries have established a network to provide an informed knowledge of the role of culture and music in a global world, and of the practices which cause restrictions and silencing of targeted musicians. The […]
  • Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech?

    COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech? In this commentary, composer and acting chairman of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, Alfons Karabuda, writes about artistic creators and freedom of expression. The commentary was published in Swedish in his blog on Kultururskaparna.com on 23 November 2010. “I shall close my […]
  • Sweden: Hip-hop performances cancelled because of controversial lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Hip-hop performances cancelled because of controversial lyrics The hip-hop group Labyrint from Uppsala was stopped from performing in Växjö and Värnamo after a notice from police authorities saying their lyrics glorify drugs. Labyrint was scheduled to perform in a youth club in Växjö. But when police drew the attention of the Municipality […]
  • Music Freedom Day events in Sweden – 2009

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day:Concert event and seminars in Sweden on 3 MarchArtists from Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran facing censorship join forces with Swedish Award Winner in a unique concert when Re:Orient in collaboration with Freemuse organise a concert and a seminar dedicated to freedom of expression for musicians and composers. In […]
  • Denmark/Sweden/Germany: In court for selling Nazi music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark/Sweden/Germany:In court for selling Nazi music to Germany Two men were arrested in Denmark on 27 August 2008 for allegedly financing, commissioning and distributing recordings that have been deemed illegal because of their extremist content. The Danish Ministry of Justice said that one of the men is German and one is Danish. SourcesDW-world.de – […]
  • Sweden: Safe cities for musicians

    NEWS 17 November 2010 Sweden:Safe cities for musicians All over Europe city councils are hosting persecuted writers. Why not persecuted musicians? Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council, Kerstin Brunnberg, raised the question on 15 November 2010. Kerstin Brunnberg said to the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation: “I am going to promote the idea of including musicians in […]
  • Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech

    NEWS 17 November 2010 Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech for musicians When the daily music programme ‘Mitt I musiken’ on Swedish national radio interviewed several representatives of musicians’ associations and asked them about their lack of interest in freedom of speech issues, the message was clear: “It is about time that […]
  • Three films about music and Islam hit Scandinavia

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden and Denmark:Three films about music and Islam hit Scandinavia Pakistani rock star and filmmaker Salman Ahmad, and editor of the UK world music magazine Songlines Simon Broughton will make a quick visit to Denmark and Sweden in February to show three documentari films highlighting essential discussions concerning music and Islam. Salman Ahmad will […]
  • Sweden: Religious group attempts to silence music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Religious group attempts to silence music On 25 April 2006, a documentary programme on SVT, the National Swedish TV, showed how a group of young, religious men in Sweden act as if they were an Islamic police force and try to prevent Swedish Muslims – basically of Somali origin – from listening […]
  • White Noise Music – an international affair

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  • Sweden: Minister of Migration welcomes visa white paper

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 21 January 2009 Sweden: Minister of Migration welcomes visa white paper “I believe the ‘white paper’ points its fingers at very essential problems such as lack of transparency and information,” said Tobias Billström, the Swedish Minister of Migration, in a live radio programme at the national Swedish Radio, SR, on 16 January 2009. […]
  • Sweden: Teacher fired because of his music

    NEWS 27 June 2008 Sweden:Lost his job because he plays heavy metal A school teacher in the small town Västervik was kicked out after only one week’s employment because the school found out that he played in a heavy metal band, reported the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on 24 June 2008. The school headmaster, Sven Torstensson, […]
  • Finland/Sweden/Norway: The destruction of a minority’s music culture

    ARTICLE 21 April 2008 Sámi land:The destruction of a minority’s music culture As a comment to Freemuse’s interview with Sámi singer Marie Boine, ‘This music was from the devil’, the Finnish ethnomusicologist and musician Ilpo Saastamoinen shares his insight and personal experiences with the oppression and destruction of Sámi music culture.By Ilpo Saastamoinen In her […]
  • Sweden: rap band taken to court for ‘hate speech’

    NEWS Sweden:Rap band taken to court accused of ‘hate speech’ Whether calling the police ‘pigs’ and encouraging to start a “war” against them goes beyond the limits of the rights to freedom of expression in rap music is to be tried in a Swedish court Two members of a rap band from the south of […]
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