• Egypt: Censorship report launched in jam-packed Cairo theatre

    Already hours before the launch of the Freemuse/AFTE study ‘Censors of Creativity’ on 21 May 2014, dozens of young Ramy Essam supporters started gathering outside the entrance of the Townhouse/Rawabet Theatre in downtown Cairo. The famous ‘singer of the revolution’ was one of the artists who performed at the launch. This was a reminder that […]
  • Egypt should abolish censorship of the arts

    AFTE and Freemuse publish an extensive study on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The 84-page report ‘Censors of Creativity’ reveals that the Egyptian government needs to reform the current legislative and institutional apparatus of censorship. “Several conservative restrictions imposed on artistic creativity contravene human rights standards and basic liberties,” says Ahmed Ezzat, the Egyptian […]
  • Freemuse and AFTE to the United Nations: Egypt should abolish prior censorship

    Egypt should abolish prior censorship and allow artists to organise freely. These are two of the recommendations made by Freemuse and AFTE to the Egyptian government in a joint Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted to the United Nations. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council in the United Nations […]
  • Afghanistan – special report: The cage is singing

    SPECIAL REPORT Afghanistan:The cage is singing In-depth report with ten video interviews about music censorship in Afghanistan – past and present By Samay Hamed During the Taliban regime all music was banned in Afghanistan. But even before this dark chapter of Afghan history musicians suffered from censorship. This special report presents 10 unique video interviews […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 20 August 2007 Marie Korpe (ed.)MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED – 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music & Censorship, Istanbul 25-26. November 2006Report no. 8Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   75 pages. Read the reportThe printed version of the report is unfortunately out of stock. MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED INTRODUCTIONBy Ole Reitov Listening to many […]
  • Turkey: Censorship Past and Present

    ARTICLE Turkey: Censorship Past and PresentBy Sanar Yurdatapan A historical approach to the nature of censorship.A chapter from ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ (Freemuse/Zed Books, May 2004). Reproduced with kind permission from the author and Zed Books.Read chapter (PDF) Shoot the Singer! Read more
  • 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 […]
  • Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London

    AFGHANISTAN REPORT LAUNCHED IN LONDON On Tuesday 24th April 2001 Freemuse launched its very first report; “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan, written by Dr. John Baily.The launch took place at London’s Kufa Gallery in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan

    FREEMUSE REPORT 01 May 2001 John Baily “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan Freemuse, Copenhagen, April 2001, ISSN 1601-2127 Dr. John Baily is a reader in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths College, London, and one of the worlds’ leading experts on Afghan music. Read abstract Read the report Purchase on-line […]

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