• United Kingdom: Protest song not played ahead of election

    Ahead of a snap election in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2017, politically-active band Captain Ska released their ‘Liar, Liar’ protest song on May 26, which catapulted into British charts despite the BBC refusing to play the song on the radio due to impartiality rules during elections. In less than a week, the song was […]
  • United Kingdom: Deadly attack at pop concert in Manchester

    At least 22 concertgoers have been reported killed and 59 more injured, among them children and teenagers, when a lone male detonated an explosive device after US singer Ariana Grande’s music concert ended at Manchester Arena in England, reported BBC on 23 May 2017. Freemuse is deeply saddened by the attack in Manchester and offers […]
  • United Kingdom: University cancels musical due to race row

    A theatre at the University of Bristol cancelled all showings of its student production of musical ‘Aida’ due to protests over potential “cultural appropriation” that white students would be cast in the lead roles of ancient Egyptians and slaves, reported The Telegraph on 4 October 2016. The musical, written by Elton John and Tim Rice […]
  • United Kingdom: Film on Mali music ban leads to new fund

    Freedom of expression campaigners Index on Censorship and the producers of the documentary film ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile’ have launched a Music In Exile Fund along with a song playlist and a series of articles about music and censorship. The aim of the Music In Exile Fund is […]
  • Breaking news: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all

    The UK Immigration service has changed their original decision to refuse Egyptian singer Ramy Essam entry visa to the UK. On Monday, Freemuse disputed the refusal, and Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, and her office took contact to the home office requesting the decision. During Tuesday morning additional information and documents were provided, […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics

    The 24-year-old American rapper Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the United Kingdom because of the nature of his lyrics. The Odd Future co-founder recently cancelled four dates in the UK and Ireland and tweeted that it was because the UK authorities were unhappy with his subject matter: BASED ON LYRICS FROM […]
  • United Kingdom: Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam refused visa

     UPDATE ON 2 SEPTEMBER 2015: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all   The Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam has been refused a visit visa to the United Kingdom. He was supposed to take part in the Festival 800 in Lincoln on Saturday 5 September 2015 as part of the full […]
  • United Kingdom: Listen to the banned in Lincoln

    Festival800 in Lincoln, UK, and Freemuse present banned artists on stage, inspired by the Freemuse-Deeyah album production ‘Listen to the banned’ ‘Listen to the banned | Music to make dictators tremble and fundamentalists fume’ is a full day programme curated and developed by Festival800 in partnership with Freemuse. Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the […]
  • USA: Symphony censored over its comments on totalitarianism

    In March 2015, 21-year-old composer Jonas Tarm was about to reach a profound career milestone: His original composition was going to be performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall. But at the last minute, the New York Youth Symphony told Tarm that his Carnegie debut – commissioned by the orchestra as part of its prestigious First […]
  • United Kingdom: Two concerts with Ugandan rapper cancelled

    Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine (real name: Robert Kyagulanyi) has had two planned performances in the UK pulled after venues learned of the singer’s anti-LGBTI stance, reported Gay News Network on 31 July 2014. A theatre in London and a venue in Birmingham have refused to host upcoming shows by the rapper after news surfaced the […]
  • BBC: ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned’

    BBC broadcasts documentary about ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous Songs’: “The reasons why these songs were censored reveals the changing controversies around youth culture over the last 75 years, with Bing Crosby and the Munchkins among the unlikely names to have met the wrath of the BBC.” “From My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock to God Save […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper Eminem banned from show

    Eminem was reportedly banned from performing a show because of ‘offensive’ and ‘unsuitable’ lyrics. » See also: www.dailymail.co.uk ‘This artist flagged risks across the board’: Eminem is banned from performing in Hyde Park due to ‘offensive’ lyrics   » Source: www.noise11.com
  • United Kingdom: Petition calls for music video ban

    Shazad Iqbal from Bradford, England, started a petition calling for YouTube to take a music video by Katy Perry down, alleging it ‘promotes blasphemy’. The video features a man wearing an Allah-inscribed necklace being disintegrated. Shazad Iqbal claims that disintegrating the pendant ‘promotes blasphemy’. The petition collected 40,000 signatures from countries including Australia, India and […]
  • United Kingdom: Universities ban the song ‘Blurred Lines’

    Around 20 university student unions have banned Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ from being played in their bars over fears the song glamourises rape and its lyrics are sexist. Around 20 institutions including the universities of Chester, Brighton and Gloucestershire have now stopped it from being played in their student union bars. SubTV, which broadcasts in 100 universities, […]
  • United Kingdom: Brighton first city to outlaw ‘hate music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Brighton first city to outlaw “hate music” The British seaside town Brighton has become the first place in the UK to ban music that “incites hatred towards minorites”. The new rule could stop some hip hop and reggae acts from putting on gigs in the city. Music which encourages violence towards minority […]
  • United Kingdom: City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’ Brighton and Hove City Council may become the first in United Kingdom to place a ban on music which encourages violence towards minority groups, reports The Argus Proposals to outlaw so-called ‘murder music’ in venues, pubs and clubs are being considered as part of a […]
  • United Kingdom: Avoid ‘harmful forms of music’ in state schools, says Muslim council

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Avoid ‘harmful forms of music’ in state schools, says Muslim council Muslim Council of Britain has published recommendations on how music lessons should be taught to Muslims in state schools in the United Kingdom. The guidelines are criticised by two Muslim organisations Should a Muslim pupil in a state school be allowed […]
  • United Kingdom: Detained for humming ‘London Calling’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Detained for humming ‘London Calling’ Is The Clash’s classic punk song ‘London Calling’ a dangerous song? In England in April 2006, a taxi passenger was detained for simply singing along to it Mobile phone salesman Harraj Mann, 24, was detained for questioning by British anti-terrorism detectives after they received a phone call […]
  • No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singerReggae star Sizzla has refused to apologise for his lyrics advocating violence against gay men, despite his UK tour being cancelled after protests. “They can’t ask me to apologise,” he told BBC radio station 1Xtra. “They’ve got to apologise to God because they break God’s law.” Sizzla is not […]
  • City demands ‘anti-gay’ music ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City demands ‘anti-gay’ music banBrighton will be the first UK city to demand that music retailers ban reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics. Brighton and Hove City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to write to the managing directors of its three largest stores condemning the music. It urged them not to stock […]
  • Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologise

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologiseTheir gigs have been cancelled all over the world and their names withdrawn from awards. But Jamaica’s dancehall stars refuse to apologise for – or even stop singing – songs that encourage the murder of gay people. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis travels to the Caribbean and […]
  • Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’Reggae stars using homophobic lyrics are stoking the spread of HIV, a UK minister is warning in the Caribbean.International Development Minister Gareth Thomas fears that discrimination against homosexuals is deterring people from being tested for HIV. Mr Thomas will tell a conference in St Kitts there must be […]
  • City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album banThe first city-wide boycott of reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics is being considered in Brighton. Councillors want music retailers HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC to stop selling albums with homophobic lyrics in its Brighton and Hove branches. While the council does not have the power to ban […]
  • Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyricsA collection of articles and background information on the current debate, where Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, the two controversial reggae acts accused of inciting violence against homosexuals, have been dropped from the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards after refusing to provide their promised written apologies. […]
  • ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry starts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry startsUK detectives are investigating claims that lyrics penned by eight leading reggae artists incite violence against homosexuals and are therefore illegal. Lyrics by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer are among those being scrutinised by Scotland Yard.Meanwhile the government is considering banning reggae star Sizzla from the UK as […]
  • United Kingdom: British singer arrested for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: British singer arrested for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Police in Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of England, arrested a singer on racism charges after a 32-year-old man, reportedly of Chinese descent, had complained about the singer’s performance of the song ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. The 34-year-old singer and keyboardist Simon […]
  • United Kingdom: Opera author refused censorship of a character’s sexuality

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Opera author refused censorship of a character’s sexuality On 2 July 2011, author Lee Hall who had spent the past year working on an epic opera starring 300 schoolchildren, was told by email that his backers, a school and an opera house, have pulled out as the consequence of a bitter row […]
  • United Kingdom: Offensive football songs criminalised

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Scotland, United Kingdom: Offensive football songs criminalised ‘Sectarian’ chanting in football will be banned in Scotland, and football fans could be imprisoned for up to six years for singing offensive songs, if the socalled ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill’ is passed in the Scottish Parliament. In June 2011, the Scottish Parliament published proposals […]
  • United Kingdom: Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest Out of “fear it may cause trouble”, traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade, reported Yorkshire Evening Post on 19 August 2011. A carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have […]
  • United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope Stone Flowers, a British song-writing and performing project with 21 refugees who are also torture survivors – and both amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists – launched their debut album on 25 September 2011. The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Lebanese and […]
  • United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans The British football club Tottenham Hotspur has vowed to ban fans guilty of offensive or abusive chanting. The Scottish government is currently considering a law about it. A football match between English Premier League and London arch-enemies Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur saw a minority […]
  • United Kingdom: Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers A campaign to remove short-term visiting artists from unnecessary visa bureaucracy nears a policy breakthrough, according to its campaigners – Manifesto Club, English PEN and the Earl of Clancarty. The proposal was outlined in a letter which was published in the […]
  • UK seminar: ‘Music and censorship: who calls the tune?’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Music and censorship: who calls the tune? SOAS Department of Music and Index on Censorship invite you to attend a panel discussion on music and censorship on Friday 3 December at School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Music is the most censored of all the arts – from the restrictions […]
  • Dean Omori

    DEAN OMORI(United Kingdom) ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship Burns the Books Nobody Read Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Songwriter and short film-maker Dean Omori gave this film and song, ‘Censorship Burns the Books Nobody Read’, to Freemuse as “a sign of respect for Freemuse’s cause.” According to Dean Omori, the message of his song is that […]
  • UK/Chile: Concert to commemorate singer Victor Jara

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / Chile: Concert to commemorate singer Victor Jara To commemorate the Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara who was killed on 16 September 1973, a concert entitled ‘Last Words of Victor Jara’ is performed by pianist Steve Tromans and his band in Birmingham on 11 November 2009. The concert consists of a series […]
  • Czech Republic: Bizarre attack on Scottish rock band Primal Scream

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Czech Republic:Bizarre attack on Scottish rock band Primal Scream In a bizarre and surrealistic media storm in the Czech Republic, the Scottish rock band Primal Scream has been accused for ‘promoting fascism’ by the Czech Radio Council. The council has banned the song ‘Swastika Eyes’.        Primal Scream According to an article written by […]
  • USA: American pop singer pressured to rerecord song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / United Kingdom:American pop singer pressured to rerecord song When American pop singer Britney Spears’ hit song ‘If U Seek Amy’ risked censorship on radio stations because of a controversy over its use of a ‘sexually offensive’ double entendre in the chorus, she decided to rerecord the song and publish a less […]
  • Israel/UK: Cancellation of show causes censorship row

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK / Israel:Cancellation of show causes censorship row A London-performance of a group of 19-year-old Israeli soldiers turned singers was cancelled because the owners of the theatre hall claimed it was ‘political’. The organisers, the Zionist Federation, denied the claim and accused the theatre hall’s owners of censorship. The five soldiers from the […]
  • United Kingdom: Visa system forces Russian ballet company to cancel shows

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Visa system forces Welsh-based Russian ballet company to cancel shows The Russian ballet company Ballet Russe based in Wales has been forced to cancel its 2009 programme and is facing an uncertain future, after failing to obtain visas for its dancers under a controversial new points-based system, wrote The Stage. The […]
  • United Kingdom: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals A new report from Manifesto Club reveals that more than 20 major arts events have been cancelled or badly affected by new visa regulations which were introduced in the United Kingdom in November 2008. The new regulations, with a points-based system, […]
  • United Kingdom: Music festival focuses on human rights

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Music festival focuses on human rights ‘Mind Out For Music’ is a music festival for people in the world suffering human rights abuses. It opens in Machynlleth in Wales on 22 July 2005 and runs for three days The ‘Mind Out For Music’ festival features concerts with thirteen band, and will also have […]
  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## UK: Britain at War – How music was “restricted” during the Falkland and Golf War Speech by Ph.D. Martin Cloonan, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 What I would like to do is to give you a taste of censorship in Britain. Britain is quite often seen as a place where […]
  • United Kingdom: Meeting in London about thought crime and lyrical terrorists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Meeting about thought crime and lyrical terrorists On Tuesday 26 February the Manifesto Club in London, Hanbury Street, organises a meeting about free speech and ‘thought crime’. Among the speakers are rap artist Aki Nawaz from Fun-Da-Mental. This is the text from the poster advertising the event: “Everyone laughed when Radio […]
  • United Kingdom: Tory leader calls for ban on violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK:Tory leader: ‘Stop violent lyrics’ On 4 July 2007, David Cameron renewed his call for the music industry to “show leadership” by banning violent lyrics from songs, reported The Guardian. The Tory leader appealed to the British Phonographic Industry to bring its influence to bear on the pro-violence culture blighting Britain’s youth, writes […]
  • United Kingdom: Reggae star banned from entering Great Britain

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Jah Cure banned from entering Great Britain According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the Jamaican artist Siccatune Alcock – more known as reggae performer Jah Cure – is banned from entering the United Kingdom. Jah Cure’s visit was due to a series of concerts taking place during October 2007. His visit […]
  • United Kingdom: Who censors and regulates music in the UK?

    DEBATE ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Who censors and regulates music in the UK? Discussion on BBC Message Boards about music censorship in the United Kingdom “Who censors and regulates music in the UK? Is it a separate ordeal, or managed by one main body?” asks ‘shrubmonkey’ (U7547857) on BBC’s Message Boards. If you have an answer to […]
  • United Kingdom: Previously forbidden opera performed in Glasgow

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Forbidden opera performed in Glasgow On 21 May 2006, Cecilia Bartoli performs in Glasgow, UK, with a programme that bears the same title as her latest album: ‘Opera Proibito’ – which literally means “forbidden opera” Cecilia Bartoli’s performance at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra deals with a period […]
  • UK/USA: Media giant claimed to threaten British music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## England / USA:Media giant claimed to threaten British music “The Texan media company Clear Channel Communications is increasingly casting its shadow over the music scene in Britain,” claims Granville Williams, editor of the newsletter ‘Free Press’, published by the British ‘Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom’ “Lovers of independent and innovative music in Britain […]
  • United Kingdom: “Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:“Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours Stringent immigration regulations and a seemingly insurmountable bureaucracy have led to several foreign artists being denied entry into the UK and are making it increasingly difficult to organise musical events featuring foreign artists Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo was forced to cancel his concert at the Womad Festival […]
  • United Kingdom: Controversy over political songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Controversy over political songs Aki Nawaz, a British rap artist and frontman of Fun-Da-Mental, is accused of glorifying terrorism. The lyrics on his new album has provoked calls for him to be arrested under anti-terrorism laws Aki Nawaz’s own record label, Nation Records, has refused to support his new album, ‘All is […]
  • Musicians hit by the “9/11-effect”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA:Musicians hit by the “9/11-effect” Anti-terror security causes problems for touring musicians Renewed fear of terror in the wake of Britain’s foiled terrorist plot to blow up airplanes led to tighter restrictions on air travel in August 2006. Expensive musical instruments are no longer allowed on the plane as carry-on […]
  • UK/USA: David Byrne about self-censorship in 1981

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA:David Byrne about self-censorship: “We didn’t want to provoke” In the current debate in the Western world about self-censorship contra freedom of expression, and whether it is acceptable that musicians use samples from religious rituals, such as prayer or recital from the Qur’an, singer David Byrne and producer Brian Eno […]
  • Officials detain musicians as possible terrorists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Officials detain musicians as possible terroristsBritish singer Morrissey was questioned by the FBI and British intelligence after speaking out against Bush and Blair, while in Australia, American poetry slam artist Henry Rollins was nominated as “a possible terror threat” British singer Steven Patrick Morrissey, previously lead singer of the rock group The Smiths, is […]
  • United Kingdom: Christians want opera banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## England: Christians want opera banned “Religious censorship is in danger of strangling the arts”, says the composer of the opera, Richard Thomas to Reuters. His lastest work, “Jerry Springer – The Opera” has caused a record number of complaints when aired on British television. As Christian protesters set fire to their television licences […]
  • Damon Albarn: Music is destroyed by censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Damon Albarn: ‘Music is destroyed by censorship’Three musicians took part in a press conference about music censorship during this year’s Roskilde Festival. The big business of the record industry exerts a covert censorship, which makes it incredibly difficult for musicians across the world to express themselves freely. That was the message from Damon […]
  • United Kingdom: Banned group returns to stage

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Banned group returns to stageThey were censored on Top of the Pops and infuriated the National Front in the late 70’s. Now the Gang of Four returns to the stage for a few gigs. Vocalist Jon King claims Gang of Four was banned more than the Sex Pistols. Full story at The Guardian […]
  • Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG merger

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG mergerIndependent record labels are disappointed by the EU allowing Sony and BMG’s merger, saying it was given “easy clearance”. The deal, approved without conditions, means the four major companies control around 80% of the world’s music.Story from BBC More about corporate censorship Related reading Read […]
  • The Hot Sound of Hate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Hot Sound of HateHundreds of bands in America and Europe produce Hate Music. In September Panzerfaust Records launched Project Schoolyard, a plan to snag kids 13 to 19 by distributing 100,000 free CDs of such bands as Day of the Sword, H8 Machine and Final War. In a cramped upstairs den in […]
  • The culture of conflict: September 11 effects

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The culture of conflict: September 11 effectsThe terror attacks in America may cause a change of heart in Hollywood, but what of the other arts? And what will be the effect on the creative scene in Britain? From dance to pop, Guardian critics assess the likely impact.From The Guardian See also the special […]
  • Beenie Man banned from MTV gig

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Beenie Man banned from MTV gigThe Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has been banned from performing at an MTV concert in Miami after gay activists planned a protest over the singer’s past lyrics. Beenie Man, who recently issued his “sincerest apologies” for violent, homophobic lyrics, was due to perform on Saturday prior to […]
  • Ban the bomb

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ban the bombPrimal Scream’s new album looks set to be banned in the US – for featuring their controversial song ‘Bomb the Pentagon’. The song, a bitter attack on US foreign policy, was premiered live just before the September 11 terror attacks.From New Musical Express See also the special section on September 11 […]
  • White Noise Music – an international affair

  • Primal Scream change title and lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Primal Scream change title and lyricsAs reported in April, Primal Scream’s new album looked set to be banned in the US – for featuring their controversial song ‘Bomb The Pentagon’. The song, a bitter attack on US foreign policy, now has a new title (‘Rise’ ) and totally different lyrics. Lead singer Bobby […]
  • United Kingdom: Reggae concert banned over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae concert banned over lyricsJamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics. The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night. Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances “suggest a likelihood of […]
  • Dr Martin Cloonan: About Hate Music

  • Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visaThe singer was last week denied entry into the United Kingdom where she was billed to perform at three concerts.Zvakavapano was refused admission to the country by British Embassy officials despite getting a work permit from the Home Office in Britain. London-based Zimbabwe news website, newzimbabwe.com, quoted […]
  • The Market and Media Censors – panel debate

  • UK licensing bill

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK licensing billLatest on the controversial Licensing Bill;Story from the Guardian The Musicians’ Union is being invited to take part in a working group to discuss the impact of the bill; Story from BBC Related reading
  • Newspapers divided on BBC screening of Springer opera

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Newspapers divided on BBC screening of Springer operaReligion, sex and music is once again in the focus of controversy when BBC – despite protests from religious groups – decided to broadcast “Jerry Springer – the Opera”. Seen as blasphemous and obscene by critics, the opera is hailed as satirical by supporters.Full story at […]
  • UK licensing bill defeated

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK licensing bill defeatedControversial bill defeated in the House of Lords – but has yet to be discussed by MPs. Story from BBC “We believe it will lead to the renaissance of live music”: Story from The Guardian Related reading Read abstract
  • Censor and be damned? The link between violent music and violent behaviour

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Censor and be damned?There are some good things to be said about music censorship. The trouble is that the people saying them are usually unspeakable. But every now and then there are exceptions, and recently the Home Office played a blinder by discouraging Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla from entering the UK to perform […]
  • Music during wartime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Music during wartimeThe war on Iraq has in many ways affected freedom of musical expression; from The Dixie Chicks receiving death threats and being boycotted by many radio stations, to a new wave of protest music. Below is an extensive collection of links to articles related to music and the war on Iraq. February […]
  • Pop lyrics and their censors

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pop lyrics and their censors” Political correctness has imposed a new restraint on free speech.”Interview with Freemuse co-chair Martin Cloonan on music censorship today, from BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3395823.stmHow do pop lyrics get past the censors? Cloonan interviewed by BBC Front Row 12th of January 2004 (audio interview)http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/frontrow_20040112.shtml Related reading
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  • Asian Dub Foundation

  • USA/UK: Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award

    NEWS USA / UK / Norway:Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award Deeyah, the exiled Norwegian singer and activist, was awarded with an ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize at a ceremony in London on 26 November 2008. More than 900 artists from 86 countries had been nominated. Three artists, Deeyah along with Turkish-Kurdish Ferhat Tunç and […]
  • 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 […]
  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

    ARTICLE Britain at War“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re not going […]
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