• Ukraine: Russian Eurovision contestant banned over performance in Crimea

    Ukraine’s security service has banned Russian singer Julia Samoilova from entering the country for the next three years due to her giving a performance in Crimea in 2015, thus not allowing her to compete in European song contest Eurovison taking place in capital Kiev in May 2017, reported BBC on 22 March 2017. Geneva-based Eurovision […]
  • Mali: Music festival cancelled due to attacks

    Northern Mali’s Festival au Désert was set to return to Timbuktu on 28 January 2017 after having been in exile since 2012, but Malian officials decided to block it after suicide bombers attacked a military camp in Gao on 18 January 2017, killing 77 people and injuring more than 100 others, reported The Guardian on […]
  • Russia: Artistic freedom threatened by nationalist and orthodox groups

    While Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed in a meeting with film directors and artists in early December 2016 to protect artistic freedom, he also said artists carry a responsibility not to offend religious believers, saying “there is a very narrow divide between dangerous shock value and freedom of creativity”, reported The New York Times on […]
  • Ukraine: Government to bar blacklisted Russian singers in European song contest

    The Ukrainian government said on 9 September 2016 that it would deny entry into the country to blacklisted Russian singers competing for the 62nd Eurovision contest set to take place in capital Kiev in May 2017 if they are found to support the separatist cause stemming from Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, reported Reuters on 9 […]
  • Egypt, Lebanon: Trance music boycotted for Israeli collaborations

    German trance music producer and DJ Paul Van Dyk has had his new album ‘The Politics of Dancing 3’ banned in Egypt, Lebanon and several other countries in the Middle East, allegedly because it was produced in collaboration with Israeli producers. Paul Van Dyk, one of the world’s most famous trance artists, made a point […]
  • Russia and Ukraine: Musicians caught between conflict, bitter rhetoric and outright bans

    As the conflict in Ukraine unfolds, political borders turn into cultural borders, and artists on both sides suffer the consequences. Russians are banning Ukrainian artists from performing, and vice versa. By Masha Egupova On September 25, as Russian singer Andrei Makarevich was performing at the House of Music in Moscow, members of the unregistered nationalist […]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: List of allegedly ‘banned’ songs

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: The list of allegedly ‘banned’ songs In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, a list of 160 “lyrically inappropriate” songs was said to have been distributed to 1,200 radio stations in the US, and consequently bands such as Rage Against The Machine were allegedly banned from […]
  • The world’s all out of tune: Popular music after 9/11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 9/11 – The world’s all out of tunePopuläre Musik nach dem 11. September 2001 A new book on music post September 11 is published in October. Among the contributors are Freemuse Chairperson Martin Cloonan. Please note: The book is published in German. A Freemuse report on music censorship post 9/11 is scheduled for […]
  • USA: ‘Crash into me, baby!’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Crash into me, baby: America’s implicit music censorship since 11 Septemberby Eric Nuzum “Freedom has been attacked, but freedom will be defended.” These were the words of President George Bush shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Bush went on to say that the terrorists “cannot touch the foundation […]
  • Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America“There’s an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious. They’re all too scared.” British singer Elton John has attacked what he calls a McCarthy-like “era of censorship” in America. Entertainers who speak out against the Bush administration or […]
  • ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by USGatans Parlament – a Norwegian rap group that criticised US President George W Bush by setting up a website whose name means “Kill him now” is in trouble with US authorities.Washington’s embassy in Oslo has reported hip-hop artists Gatans Parlament to the police, accusing them of threatening the […]
  • USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack The cover of Steve Reich’s new album ‘WTC 9/11’ stirred up such controversy that he asked the publishing company, Nonesuch, to withdraw the image. Nonesuch complied. When advance publicity unveiled the cover art in early August 2011, a month before the […]
  • Iraq: Religious restrictions cause singers to flee

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq:Religious restrictions cause singers to flee Singers, musicians and other artists are fleeing Iraq after dozens have been killed by Islamic radicals determined to eradicate all culture associated with the West, reported The Observer on 11 May 2008 In November 2007, Seif Yehia, 23, was beheaded for singing Western songs at weddings. Since […]
  • 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 […]
  • USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government Rock musician Mick Star claims that his anti-Iraq war song “Jets” is not getting air time due to pressure on radio stations from the White House. Press Release Newswire writes: “The American music community has turned a deaf ear to the most dramatic […]
  • Pakistan: Music video about 9/11 censored

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Music video about 9/11 censored The Pakistani-Canadian rock group Falak has been blacklisted on MTV Pakistan After having aired the music video for their song ‘Yadein II’ for a couple of months, the tv channel deemed it too controversial because of its images related to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade […]
  • Iraq: 75 singers killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq:75 singers killed Nearly 80 percent of all Iraqi singers have fled the country and at least 75 singers had been killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to the Iraqi Artist’s Association. This was mentioned in an article by the UN news service IRIN about the murder of a […]
  • Iraq: Musicians and music listeners get killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq:Musicians and music listeners get killed Musicians, music shop owners and music fans flee from death squads of Islamic extremists in Baghdad. It is no longer safe to sell music in central and southern Iraq, reported Associated Press on 16 March 2007 Similar to the present development in north-western Pakistan, Islamic extremist militants […]
  • 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 […]
  • Russia: Radical Christians want pop concert banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Radical Christians want pop concert banned Controversy and outrage follows American pop singer Madonna to her world-wide ‘Confessions Tour’ where she is “crucified” on a cross on stage. The act has sparked anger from various religious groups. In Moscow, she received death threats. Catholics expressed outrage at Madonna’s decision to be displayed hanging […]
  • 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 […]
  • Bob Titley: Artists afraid to speak out

    INTERVIEW ##PagePublishedLong## US Music executive: Artists afraid to speak out Launching the new Freemuse report in Nashville, Freemuse founding member, Ole Reitov, met with one of Nashville’s leading music executives, Bob Titley, to discuss corporate censorship and self censorship in the US Bob Titley is one of the founding members of Music Row Democrats, which […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship in post 9/11 USA

    FREEMUSE REPORT 13 February 2006 Eric Nuzum’Singing in the Echo Chamber’Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2005ISSN 1601-2127 Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion concerning the long-term impact on free expression and personal privacy became heated and intense. Musicians have participated (directly and indirectly) in the public discourse, both through word […]
  • Kamilya Jubran

    KAMILYA JUBRAN (Israel / Palestine) ##PagePublishedLong## Kamilya Jubran is born in Akka in Israel to Palestinian parents who are from a northern Palestinian village in Al-Jaleel. From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya was lead song performer of the orchestra Sabreen which was a voice of resistance for the Palestinians. In 2002 she began touring with her solo show. […]
  • Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate CensorshipA collection of articles which examines the role of Clear Channel as market leader and, as some will say, the biggest corporate censor in U.S. history, with special focus on their role in the censorship debate following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The day after the September […]
  • Adults only! New book on censored album covers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Adults only! New book on censored album coversRoland Seim, Josef Spiegel (Ed.)  “Nur f Related reading:
  • 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 […]
  • 9/11: Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)

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  • 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 […]
  • CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians This 34 page report reviews the history of the current blanket ban the U.S. government has put on any Cuban musicians coming to the U.S.From AfroCubaWeb:“Entrance into the United States by Cuban musicians, artists and academicians has been extremely limited since November of 2003. No Cuban bands […]
  • American radio station bans Jethro Tull

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## American radio station bans Jethro TullJethro Tull is off the play list of a classic rock station after the band’s frontman criticized displays of the Stars and Stripes. “As far as we Related reading
  • New US study on cultural exchanges since September 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New U.S. study on cultural exchanges since September 11A new study by Center for Arts and Culture, “Cultural Diplomacy: Recommendations and Research,” concludes that U.S. cultural diplomacy has become a neglected facet of foreign and domestic policy.In an era when American culture often drives resentment and fear in foreign lands, the study cautions […]
  • The day protest music died

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The day the protest music diedPop music played a crucial role in the national debate over the Vietnam War. By the late 1960’s, radio stations across the country were crackling with blatantly political songs that became mainstream hits.“The Trouble With Corporate Radio: The Day the Protest Music Died”. Editorial from New York Times […]
  • Explicit Lyrics & Parental Advisory

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Explicit Lyrics & Parental AdvisoryTipper Gore, the PMRC, and the infamous black-and-white logo: Background material and news articles The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the majority of record labels in the country, has posted a black-and-white logo, warning of explicit content, on album covers since 1985. The history behind Parental Advisory […]
  • CNN “Worldbeat”: A Victim Of Terrorism

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## CNN’s “Worldbeat”: A victim of terrorismComment about the closure of CNN’s “Worldbeat” programmeFrom Media Channel See also the special section on September 11 Related reading
  • 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 […]
  • Cat Stevens denied access “on national security grounds”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cat Stevens sparks US plane alert and is denied access “on national security grounds”A security alert involving the singer, whose name is now Yusuf Islam, has forced a London-to-Washington flight to be diverted to another US airport. The plane was already in the air when US officials identified that the singer was on […]
  • Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarks

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarksUS singer Linda Ronstadt was booed and removed from a Las Vegas casino for praising film-maker Michael Moore and his film Fahrenheit 9/11 during a show. Ronstadt called Moore a “great American patriot” and “someone who is spreading the truth” during a performance at the Aladdin venue […]
  • Sepultura

  • Musical responses to 9/11: From Conservative patriotism to radicalism

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalismby Martin Cloonan Read about 9/11 and music censorship in “Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalism” – a chapter by Freemuse chairperson Martin Cloonan, from the book “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune Populäre Musik nach dem 11. […]
  • Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US It was going to be another chance for fans to see the legendary Iranian singer named Googoosh, but the U.S.-led war on terrorism has had unintended consequences on Tehran’s most popular artists, who are finding it almost impossible to practice their craft in the […]
  • Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows. But seven words in his new song “Why” – “Why did Bush knock down the towers?” – has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and […]
  • Protest singer Earle blasts US war

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Protest singer Earle blasts US warUS folk-rock artist Steve Earle, whose song about so-called American Taliban John Walker Lindh provoked major controversy in the US, is set to release album which criticises the Iraq war. Earle, an eight-times Grammy nominee based in Nashville, caused a storm with his 2002 song about Lindh, who was […]
  • Controversial cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Controversial coverUS rapper Paris’ forthcoming “Sonic Jihad” album depicts a jet about to slam into the White House. The intention is to create a dialogue. Article from New York Times Related reading
  • John Adams banned in Boston

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## John Adams banned in BostonThe John Adams opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” cancelled by Boston Symphony Orchestra because of the September 11 terror attacks. Story from New York Times See also the special section on September 11 Related reading
  • US school talent show draws Secret Service

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## U.S. school talent show draws Secret Service– Parents and students say they are outraged and offended by a proposed band name and song scheduled for a high school talent show in Boulder this evening, but members of the band, named Coalition of the Willing, said the whole thing is being blown out of […]
  • Singer Lee Jones attacks Bush

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Singer Lee Jones attacks BushAmerican singer Rickie Lee Jones has attacked the policies of the Bush administration on her latest record – despite the potential risk to her career. “I usually reflect things totally internally. But I think what is happening in America is so disturbing to me, it becomes internal”. Story from […]
  • 9/11: Is protest music dead?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Is protest music dead?Ever since John Lennon and Yoko Ono led a raucous crowd of flower-toting, peasant-bloused hippies in a pot-hazy chorus of “Give Peace a Chance,” it seems to have been a pop axiom: When the United States goes to war, the musicians begin calling for peace. So why, since Sept. 11, […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Cuba – US row over Grammy visas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba – US row over Grammy visasThe Cuban government has accused the United States of deliberately delaying visas to stop Cuban nominees attending the Latin Grammy Awards in Miami. Story from BBCSee also “The Impact of Visa Crackdowns on World Music in the US” Related reading
  • Hip-Hop Cops: US put Hip-Hop under surveillance

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## US put Hip-Hop under surveillanceHotels staked out and lyrics scrutinised in battle to stop rap’s violence.Extensive article on the latest developments in a nationwide effort to place every aspect of hip-hop culture under state surveillance. Story from The Guardian (11 March 2004) Rap artists and others associated with hip-hop culture have long complained […]
  • USA: What if they gave a culture war and nobody came?

  • Press release: Post 9/11 USA report

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## ’Singing in the Echo Chamber’ Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11th New Freemuse report written by Eric Nuzum Publishing Date: 13 February 2006 Media contact : ‘As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship’ Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion […]
  • Roskilde Festival 2003, Damon Albarn on music censorship

    FREEMUSE PRESS CONFERENCE, ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2003 ##PagePublishedLong## At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Freemuse organized a press conference on freedom of musical expression, with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Ty in the panel. Excerpts from the conference (RealVideo): The panel – from left; Ty, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Katrine N. S 1. SELF-CENSORSHIP/MUSIC DURING WARTIME 9:46 […]
  • Making Marx in the Music: A HyperHistory of New Music and Politics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Making Marx in the Music: A HyperHistory of New Music and PoliticsExtensive article on music and politics, by Kyle Gann“No one can doubt that music has a big role to play in the world of political protest. The controversial musicians we read about in the papers, though, are mostly from the pop and […]
  • 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 […]
  • Eritrea bans Ethiopian songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Eritrea bans Ethiopian songsBar and music shops owners have been told not to play Amharic music in publicStory from BBC Related reading ABSTRACT The people of Afghanistan under Taliban rule are subjected to an extreme form of music censorship. The only musical activity permitted is the singing of certain types of religious song […]
  • Post September 11- Freemuse conference

  • Thomas Mapfumo denied visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo denied visaThe US based singer was denied entry into Canada on his last tour. By Al Green (aNOnym reCOrds), November 2003 “Here is the exclusive story from me, Captain Anonymous… We set sail from Eugene on Monday, Nov. 10. Our US Visas for the coming year had been called into question […]
  • Sudan: Censored singer tries to reform Janjaweed ‘hate singers’

    NEWS Sudan:Censored singer tries to reform ‘hate singers’ While struggling with censorship in Khartoum, the Sudanese singer-songwriter Abazar Hamid hopes to bring peace to Sudan with his music. He travels to rural areas of the country where he tries to reform the traditional Arab ‘hate singers’ known as the Janjaweed women. Abazar Hamid told his […]
  • Germany: New archive of music which the Nazis silenced

    NEWS 29 February 2008 Germany: New archive of music which the Nazis silenced Centre for Ostracised Music aims to recover and revive the forbidden musical voices from the Nazi regime in Germany 70 years ago. Currently it holds 400 works of 50 ostracised composers, reports Deutche Welle. The centre, Zentrum für Verfemte Musik, is based […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |   3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP     25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being […]
  • WOMEX 2004

    WOMEX 2004 Meet the banned @ WOMEX 2004At this year’s WOMEX Freemuse presented two conference sessions: Meet the banned! Music censorship in Turkey featuring Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç, who has been banned and imprisoned several times by the authorities, while 9/11 – The world’s all out of tune presented “9/11 – The world’s all out of […]
  • 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 […]
  • U.S. Funding Effort to Preserve Afghan Music

    NEWS U.S. Funding Effort to Preserve Afghan MusicThe Freemuse report on music censorship in Afghanistan is believed to be one of the main sources behind a U.S. preservation grant.The grant, provided by the State Department’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, has launched a project to record the music of respected Afghan musicians now residing in […]
  • Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation

    SPEECHES 01 January 2001 Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation Speech by Mr. Hans Skaarup, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Imagine a young person in a music quiz in the radio or on TV. The question is: “Has the German composer Mendelssohn ever been prohibited in The Danish National Radio?”. […]
  • 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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