• Pakistan: Music once again in the crosshairs

    On 2 July 2017, Islamabad police raided a late-night dance party at the Grand Ambassador Hotel and arrested over 50 people, mostly male, including the hotel owner and manager, on charges of “obscene acts and songs”, reported The Express Tribune on 3 July 2017. Police officers stated that the male and female participants were dancing […]
  • Georgia: Rappers arrested for alleged drug possession

    Both members of Georgian rap duo Birja Mafia were arrested on 8 June 2017 for allegedly purchasing and possessing several grams of ecstasy (MDMA) in what they claim was a response to a recent video they released featuring a police officer being treated like a dog, reported several local Georgian sources. In the video, an […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper released after being detained over song

    Tanzanian popular rapper Ney wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) was released on 27 March 2017 without charges from police custody after he was held for nearly two days for his new song, ‘WAPO (They are There)’, which allegedly ridiculed the government. Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Harrison Mwakyembe said Tanzanian President John […]
  • Nigeria: Singer arrested, out on bail for releasing uncensored song

    Singer Sadiq Zazzabi (real name: Sadiq Usman Saleh) was released on bail on 6 March 2017 after having been detained since 1 March 2017 for allegedly releasing a song before receiving approval from the Kano State Censorship Board in the country’s north, reported Nigerian newspaper Premium Times on 6 March 2017. The newspaper reported on […]
  • Israel: Gazan singer on conditional release by Hamas authorities

    On 25 January 2017, Hamas authorities in Gaza released singer-comedian Adel al-Mashwakhi on bail after having been arrested and in prison since 11 January 2017 for a video he posted on his Facebook page, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune on 26 January 2017. Al-Mashwakhi said his release was conditional upon him no longer making “politically flavoured” […]
  • USA: Artists arrested, banned, receive death threats related to Trump actions

    Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli and US singer Jennifer Holliday both backed out from performing at the US presidential inauguration of Donald Trump just days before the event revealing they received death threats if they went ahead with their performances, reported Daily Mail on 15 January 2017. “They were saying I should kill myself or […]
  • Zambia: Hounded singer remains defiant

    by Phoenix Gauthier, Freemuse correspondent On 11 August 2016, incumbent Zambian president Edgar Lungu squeezed out a controversial victory in the general elections, taking 50.35% of the votes. In the months that followed, Zambia experienced its worst attacks on press freedom in years. Three of its media outlets were suspended, including Muvi TV, the southern […]
  • Turkey: Seven members of Grup Yorum arrested

    Turkish police arrested seven members of famous folk band Grup Yorum on 23 November 2016 on charges of assault, resisting and insulting police, and being members of a terrorist group, reported Birgün on 24 November 2016. Grup Yorum’s lawyer Aytaç Ünsal told the Turkish newspaper: Even 3 days after they were initially taken into custody, […]
  • Tanzania: Two artists arrested for allegedly insulting president in latest song

    Tanzanian musician Mwana Cotide (real name: Fulgency Mapunda) and music producer Mussa Sikabwe were arrested for allegedly producing, singing and distributing a song called ‘Dikteta Uchwara’ (Petty Dictator) that contained “seditious and offensive” content against Tanzanian President John Magufuli, reported the Swahili Times on 29 September 2016. The two artists were charged at the Kisutu […]
  • Mauritania: Rapper harassed and attacked by police

    Police stopped Mauritanian rapper Yëro Gaynääko (real name Yéro Abdoulaye Sow) on 16 August 2016 while on the road back to the capital Nouakchott, forcibly removing the rapper out of the car, accusing him of being drugged and taking him to a police station where he was assaulted and verbally abused, reported human rights organisation […]
  • Iran: Musician arrested on charges of “spreading depravity”

    Authorities arrested Iranian singer Amir Tataloo (real name: Amirhossein Maghsoodloo) on 23 August 2016 on charges of “spreading depravity among the youth” brought up in an 8 August 2016 judicial order, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 25 August 2016. “Sadly, this latest imprisonment of Amir Tataloo is not an isolated case. Iranian governmental and […]
  • Malaysia: Artist detained over allegedly “insulting Islam” in music video

    Police detained Malaysian artist Namewee upon his return from being abroad on 21 August 2016 at the Kuala Lampur airport and are investigating him after groups filed reports that his latest music video “insulted Islam”, reported The Star Online on 22 August 2016. “Malaysian authorities must release Namewee and drop all charges against him,” said Freemuse […]
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: US rapper arrested, fined for profane lyrics

    Local police in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis arrested US rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) on 25 June 2016 for using “indecent language” onstage during one of his songs. The rapper later pleaded guilty to the offence, paid a fine of USD $1,100 and was released, reported Rolling Stone […]
  • Somalia: Security forces arrest musician

    Security forces in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, arrested musician Farhan Hidig (Farxaan Xidig) in late June 2016 due to him visiting Mogadishu and remains in custody, according to Freemuse sources. According to local media sources the musician was arrested in connection to his political activity. Somaliland authorities have not commented yet on Hidig’s arrest. While […]
  • Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats

    Polish authorities did not let Ukrainian band Ot Vinta cross the border into Poland as local hard-core football fans known as Ultras threatened to stage mass riots and burn down the stage the band was set to perform on if they were let into the country. The band was scheduled to play in a festival […]
  • Nigeria: Musician kidnapped, found, later detained allegedly due to song

    Musician Ado Daukaka was abducted in Adamawa State in north-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of 25 June 2016 just after the release of his latest anti-corruption song ‘Gyara Kayanka’ (‘Put your house in order’), and found five days later on 29 June 2016 unconscious in some bushes 80 kilometres away from state capital of […]
  • Senegal: Singer arrested and detained for indecency

    Singer Déesse Major was arrested and released after three days of detention on indecency and assault on morality charges brought on by complaints of the artist wearing provocative clothes, reported French global radio RFI on 22 June 2016. Troubles for the singer began in October 2014 when Adama Mboup, president of the Senegalese Committee for […]
  • Egypt: Heavy metal concert cancelled, three arrested

    Concert promoter and musician Nader Sadek, along with two others, were arrested by Giza police when they stopped a heavy metal concert on 4 June 2016 featuring Brazilian band Sepultura before it even started due to a lack of permits, reported Ahram Online on 5 June 2016. Head of the Giza Security Directorate General Ahmed […]
  • Iran: Eight producers arrested for “obscene” music videos

    Eight producers of music videos broadcasted on Persian-language satellite networks outside Iran have been arrested, reported Iranian judiciary news agency Mizan Online on 28 May 2016. According to Tehran prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi the videos were “obscene” and “broadcast on a famous anti-revolutionary television channel” and added that a special court for media and […]
  • Burundi: Musician detained for insulting head of state

    Cedric Bangirinama, a musician also known as Bangy, was arrested on 27 January 2016 by SNR agents from Burundi’s national intelligence service for statements he made on his personal Facebook account that were deemed “insulting to the head of state”, French-language Burundi news portal Iwacu reported on 2 February 2016. Witnesses say they saw agents […]
  • Iran: 165 Iranian artists and activists protest charges against two musicians and a filmmaker

    165 Iranian musicians, filmmakers, writers and activists have signed and released a statement objecting to the 2013 imprisonment and 2015 sentencing of Mehdi Rajabian, a musician and founder of BargMusic, an alternative music distributor in Iran, along with his filmmaker brother Hossein Rajabian and musician Yousef Emadi. All three have been sentenced to six years […]
  • Egypt: Singer released after paying bail on contempt of religion charges

    Shaaban Abdel Rahim, famed and controversial Egyptian folklore singer, was under legal and public attacks for the Youtube release of a video of him singing Qur’an lyrics while wearing the religious clothing of Al-Azhar clerics, which landed him in jail, reported The Cairo Post. Attorney Mohammed Kamal filed a claim in October 2015 against Abdel […]
  • Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker

    Human rights organisations Freemuse and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, along with 14 other organisations, protest the 2013 imprisonment and 2015 sentencing of musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, and call on the head of the judiciary and other Iranian authorities to drop the charges against them. Mehdi […]
  • Nigeria: Singer detained for song critical of politician

    Singer Baba Iyali was arrested on 9 January 2016 in the Adamawa state in north-eastern Nigeria for a song he recently released criticising the speaker of the Adamawa state house of assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa. This was reported by the online news site The Whistle. The singer remains in detention in police headquarters in reportedly inhuman […]
  • Ethiopia: Crackdown on Oromo musicians

    The current unrest in the Oromia region with news reports about a state crackdown on musicians is nothing new in Ethiopia, explains Endalk in this background article. In the last two decades, any Oromo singer who gravitated towards political and social activism have been subjected to intimidation, abductions, and torture. Singers have been killed, and […]
  • China: Hip-hop group censored and detained

    Chinese rap trio IN3 may never be able perform in Beijing after garnering the current unenviable status of having the top 17 spots in China’s list of 120 banned songs, according to the Daily Mail. Due to the blacklist the Beijing-based group has had a difficult time finding venues to play, going as far as […]
  • Ethiopia: Three singers arrested, abducted and tortured

    Three Oromo protest singers have reportedly been arrested, abducted and tortured in Ethiopia during December 2015: Hawi Tezera, Jireenyaa Shifarraa and Bilisummaa Dinquu. Hawi Tezera, an ethnic Oromo singer, was reportedly beaten, arrested, released and then rearrested in the space of just seven days in December 2015 by Ethiopian government security forces in connection with […]
  • Iran: Songwriter and poet released

    Iranian songwriter and poet Yaghma Golrouee was released on bail from detention on 9 December 2015 after being arrested on unclear charges on 30 November 2015, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA). Though the reason behind the arrest is still unknown, it is thought that Golrouee was detained in response to his new […]
  • Iran: Songwriter and poet arrested

    Iranian songwriter and poet Yaghma Golrouee was arrested on 30 November 2015, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA). Details on the reason behind the arrest or where Golrouee was taken are still unknown and unclear. According to journalismisnotacrime.com in 2013 one of Goulrouee’s poems was used by controversial Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi, who […]
  • Cuba: Gorki Águila arrested again

    Cuban musician Gorki Águila was arrested on 7 November 2015 in Havana, as he was traveling in a car with two journalists from the television channel France24, reported 14ymedio. The composer and singer managed to call the newspaper from the Fifth Police Station in the Playa municipality, where he was taken with the two reporters. […]
  • Tunisia: Calls for the release of arrested rapper Klay BBJ

    On 17 October 2015, the public prosecution of the Court of First Instance in Tunis permitted National Security officers in Bab Swika district to arrest the rapper Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) along with two other men. They were allegedly apprehended for possession of drugs. The news agency AFP quoted a judicial source […]
  • Angola: Freemuse calls for immediate release of detained rapper

    On 15 October 2015, the 33-year-old Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão entered his fourth week of hunger strike in protest of his detention without trial since June – along with 14 other opposition activists accused of ‘rebellion’ and of seeking to ‘attack the president’. Freemuse holds the Angolan authorities responsible for Luaty Beirão’s well-being and calls […]
  • Somalia: Regional court orders four singers released from custody

    Somaliland Informer reported on 30 September 2015 that a Hargeisa regional court has ordered the release of the four detained Horn Star singers who were arrested as they four days earlier had returned from a tour to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Court chairman Hon. Ahmed Dalmar Ismail has issued a formal statement saying the police have […]
  • Somalia: Four musicians reportedly arrested

    Four musicians from the Hargeisa-based Horn Stars band were arrested upon their arrival at Egal airport in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, reported BBC Somali along with several Somali news websites. The musicians were returning home after a tour with performances in Nairobi and Mogadishu. It is currently not clear what should have been the […]
  • Malaysia: Youths arrested during music gig

    163 youths, including a photographer from The Malaysian Insider, were detained by the police on 28 August 2015 while watching a Bersih music countdown at the independent punk music venue Rumah Api in Ampang Jaya, according to Malaysian Insider and other sources. According to one of those detained, Aizuddin Ismail, everyone was brought to the […]
  • Cuba: Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila arrested

    According to Capital Hill Cubans and other sources, Castro regime officials showed up on 5 August 2015 at the home of Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila and arrested him. According to his daughter, Gorki Aguila was given no cause for his arrest Aguila, front-man of the band Porno Para Ricardo, recently authored a song in honor […]
  • Iran/Lebanon: Artists affected by conflicts

    When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Lebanon as well as between Israel and Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British Muslim singer Sami Yusuf, whose records have […]
  • Somalia: Musician released after one day in detention

    On 2 August 2015, SLInformer reported that Police in Hargeisa, Somaliland, had arrested the popular musician Nimcaan Hilaac shortly after he returned home from a journey to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. On 3 August, only a few hours after Freemuse and local websites published the news about his arrest, he was then released. Nimcaan […]
  • Russia: Musicians protest against illegal police detentions

    “Police is attacking artists, taking them to police stations, confiscating their instruments, giving them court summons, and the courts then appoint huge fines based on various articles, depending on their imagination,” wrote Oleg Mokryakov, a leader of one of the music collectives playing on Arbat street, on his Facebook page. On 28 June 2015 those […]
  • Zambia: Singer Pilato detained and prosecuted for song about president

    In Zambia, the popular satirical singer Pilato (real name: Chama Fumba) is being prosecuted because of a song he wrote, entitled ‘Alungu Anabwela’. Officials said the song defamed President Edgar Lungu by accusing him of drinking too much and being incompetent. Police said that the song could “provoke public clashes”. Pilato was arrested on 8 […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer detained in airport, later released

    Hozan Kawa, a Kurdish musician who flew from Cologne in Germany to İstanbul in Turkey to join celebrations for the Nevruz festival, was detained at İstanbul Atatürk Airport on 16 March 2015 and then released the following day. The 43-year-old musician was taken to the police station at the airport after his arrival because of […]
  • Iran: Rapper arrested in Mashhad

    Underground rap singer Hossein Eblis was arrested in Mashhad on 15 December 2014. Security forces confiscated several of his musical instruments and sound equipment, reported IranWire, quoting Khorasan Newspaper. According to a police report, Hossein Eblis, 27, frequently mocked the language of authorities in his songs, many of which contain obscenities. The arrest followed a […]
  • USA: Police wrongfully arrests subway musicians

    Contradictions in New York law have caused numerous musicians to be wrongfully arrested. And the problem is only getting worse, according to an article in Rolling Stone magazine. In October 2014, a YouTube video showing the arrest of 30-year-old subway musician Andrew Kalleen for performing in a New York City subway went viral, receiving more […]
  • Belarus: Soccer fans detained for singing song deriding Russian president

    A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has imprisoned eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to police, 41 fans were detained after the Belarus versus Ukraine European Championship qualifier match in the Belarusian city of Borisov on 9 October 2014. Eyewitness accounts in Belarusian papers […]
  • Morocco: Imprisoned rapper El Haqed on two-day hunger strike

    On 13-15 August 2014, the Moroccan rapper and member of the 20 February protest movement did a 48-hour hunger protest against “humiliating treatment” in prison, reported Huffington Post. Relatives said that El Haqed (also spelled: Lhaqed. Real name: Mouad Belghouat) undergoes considerable psychological pressure from the staff of the prison. On 1 July 2014, El […]
  • Iran: Three arrested for music video of men and women singing and dancing

    Iranian police have arrested three people who appeared in an online video of young men and women singing and dancing in support of the country’s World Cup football team, the official IRNA news agency reported on 23 June 2014. The music video was produced by the London-based Ajam Band and features scenes from outside and […]
  • Comoros: Rapper detained 24 hours for insulting president

    MC Cheikh, one of the Comoro Islands’ most popular rappers, was arrested for tagging a wall denouncing president Ikililou and holding up a sign saying ‘Ikililou hates us’.   MC Cheikh wrote: “On 5 June 2014 at around 12:00, I was arrested and placed in custody with a group of other young people for ‘insulting […]
  • Nigeria: Popular musician arrested for song against president

    A popular musician in Kano, Dauda Kahutu ‘Rarara’ (in numerous reports mistakenly referred to as Ahmed Audi Zarewa), has been reportedly arrested by the State Security Service, SSS, for recording a song to protest against President Goodluck Jonathan. The song was said to have been recorded by Dauda Kahutu to protest President Jonathan and his […]
  • Rwanda: Singer arrested

    On 11 April 2014, singer Kizito Mihigo, one of Rwanda’s best-known musicians, was arrested by police, accused, along with a former soldier and the director of a Christian radio station, of planning ‘terrorist attacks’ with the aim to overthrow the government.  UPDATE | FEBRUARY 2015:  » BBC World – 27 February 2015: Rwanda singer Kizito Mihigo planned […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot members detained three times

    Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who spent nearly two years in prison for protesting against Putin in a church, said they had been detained three times while trying to film a new music video in Sochi just before the Olympic Games were to begin. This is the first music video to be published by the […]
  • Cuba: Rappers persecuted – beaten, ransacked, arrested

    Excerpt of blog-post by John Suarez at cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com: “The importance of generating and maintaining attention is critically important for anyone who dissents from the official government line. Rodolfo Ramirez, known by his rapping name as El Primario, member of the hip-hop duo El Primario y Julito, who appears in the above video was so badly […]
  • China: Rock musician arrested in airport

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Rock musician arrested in airport The Chinese rock musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou was detained for over 12 hours by police in Shanghai’s airport, a Hong Kong-based rights group said on 28 April 2011. Zuoxiao Zuzhou (real name: Wu Hongjin) had publicly expressed his support for the detained artist and rights campaigner Ai Weiwei […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet / China:Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police Tenzin, a singer from Amdo who owns a music shop in Lhasa, has been detained by the police and accused of downloading ‘illegal music’, reported High Peaks Pure Earth “We are not sure of the exact date of his detention. Our […]
  • China/Tibet: Singer and song-writer detained without charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The following article was transmitted by International PEN’s Rapid Action Network on 23 April 2008 Tibet, the A.R. of China:Tibetan singer and song-writer Jamyang Kyi detained without charges Jamyang Kyi, a prominent Tibetan singer and a song-writer, internet writer and feminist activist, has been arrested and held without charges since 1 April 2008, reports […]
  • Iran: Six musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Six musicians arrested Authorities in Iran have reportedly detained at least six members of underground music bands during the past week and shut down their studios, Radio Farda reported. According to the radio station, at least two detainees who were taken into custody on 19 April 2007 have been freed on bail after […]
  • Haiti: Members of the popular band RAM arrested

  • Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

    NEWS 04 March 2013 Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court “I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk,” said musician Seçkin Taygun Aydoğan from the Kurdish band Grup Yorum to the judge. Instead, gendarmes forced him to leave the court room. Antenna TR reported in their weekly newsletter, […]
  • Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police

    NEWS Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police Dado Photo: From youtube video “We strongly condemn the detention and harassment of popular Azerbaijani rapper Said Aliyev, also known as Dado, and consider this action as unlawful interference with his right to freedom of expression,” wrote The Art for Democracy campaign in Baku, the capital […]
  • Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained Turkish police arrested 85 people, including musicians, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group, Turkish media reported. Five members of the popular folk-rock band Grup Yorum were detained. Cihan Keskek, another member of the band, told this to Reuters by telephone from […]
  • Angola: Rapper arrested for drug smuggling: ‘I was framed’

    NEWS Angola Angolan rapper arrested for drug smuggling: ‘I was framed’ Luaty Beirão, a popular Angolan rapper known by the artist name Ikonoklasta, has been beaten up, arrested, his house broken into, his girlfriend kidnapped, and his family has been terrorised with anonymous death threats. On 11 June 2012, he was arrested again – this […]
  • Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism

    NEWS Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism Bedrettin Akyüz, 20, is claimed to have spread propaganda for PKK by dancing the halay – a traditional dance – accompanied by Kurdish songs. By ANF News Agency  Together with two 19-year-old boys, Ali Okutan and Dersim Dinçer, he is accused of having celebrated […]
  • Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook

    NEWS Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook According to the French newspaper Mediapart, the Turkish prosecution wanted to imprison a 17-year-old Kurdish boy for 40 years after he was accused of eight charges, including the exchange of Kurdish songs on Facebook. By Mahmoud al-Fakih, AK News – Kurdistan News Agency The teenager, known […]
  • Turkey: Musician of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS 14 February 2012 Turkey:Musician of Grup Yorum detained The following was reported by IPS Communication Foundation, Bianet, who sent out this notice on 13 February 2012 through IFEX, the network of free expression groups that monitors violations worldwide: (BIANET/IFEX) – Seckin Aydogan, a member of the band Grup Yorum (“Group Comment”), has been in […]
  • Turkey: Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody

    NEWS 11 May 2011 Turkey:Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody Three members of the music band Grup Yorum were taken into custody in a security operation launched by the police in three separate locations in Istanbul, reported Bianet and Hurriyet Daily News Approximately 46 people were taken into custody on charges of membership […]
  • Angola: 17 young rap musicians arrested

    NEWS 13 March 2011 Angola: 17 young rap musicians arrested A group of 17 young rap musicians in Luanda’s city centre who were reading poems and distributing pamphlets saying they intended to participate in an announced anti-government demonstration later that day, were held in custody by the criminal investigation police and released the following morning […]
  • Syria: Campaign for singer who has been arrested by security agents

    NEWS Syria: Campaign for singer arrested by security agents Members of the Syrian security authorities have arrested the Kurdish singer Bavê Selah in his appartment in Aleppo on 24 January 2011, reported Kurdwatch. Amnesty International has started a campaign for his release. The reason for the arrest and Bavê Selah’s current whereabouts remain unknown. He […]
  • Turkey: German musician detained and told to leave the country

    NEWS Turkey: Musician detained and told to leave the country The German DJ Shantel was denied access into Turkey on 14 April 2010 when he arrived at the airport in Istanbul. He came to play at Babylon in Istanbul on 17 April 2010, and also was supposed to perform a concert in the capital Ankara. […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

    NEWS 24 February 2010 Turkey:The Kurdish singer and musician Rojda has been arrested Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’ because of singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. Rojda was released within a couple of hours after her statement had been taken, reported Antenna.tr and Supportkurds.org According to Antenna.tr, Rojda […]
  • Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs

    NEWS Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs Seven men, including members of a wedding music band, were arrested at a Kurdish wedding party where they were singing. They are accused of singing patriotic Kurdish songs. The Kurdish organisation for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria, DAD, reported that a patrol […]
  • Cuba: Musician Gorki Aguila arrested again

    NEWS 27 August 2008 Cuba:Musician Gorki Águila arrested again According to members of his band, punk-rock musician Gorki Águila was arrested on 25 August 2008 and faces up to four years’ imprisonment for ‘peligrosidad’ — socalled pre-crime social dangerousness. ‘Peligrosidad’ literally means ‘dangerous’ — used as a loose legal term to brand, apprehend and incarcerate […]
  • Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

    CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee […]
  • Azerbaijan: Three young musicians and activists detained

    NEWS 22 March 2012 Azerbaijan: Three young musicians and activists detained Left: Etibar SalmanliRight: Jamal Ali Photographed at the protest on 17 March 2012 Credit: Photoreporters Union Two musicians and the leader of a youth organisation were detained after protests in the capital Baku on 17 March 2012. They are currently being held in Sabael District […]

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