• 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 […]
  • Australia: Two radio DJs fired for playing offensive song

    On 4 June 2017, two Mount Gambier radio DJs – Steve Jankowicz and Haydon Cox – received a text message from the South East Community Access Radio (SECAR) board telling them their 5GTR FM show, Jank n the Phatman, was being shut down because it breached “broadcasting standards and common decency”, reported The Advertiser on […]
  • South Korea: Public broadcaster deems songs from pop star’s new album unfit

    South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS has banned four songs from K-pop star Psy’s latest album from being broadcast due to their lyrics, reported Korea Joongang Daily on 18 May 2017. KBS said the lyrics to ‘New Face’ and ‘Bomb’ had lyrics that were “too vulgar for television; while the lyrics to ‘I Luv It’, though […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Kenya: Film board bans “obscene” music and “offensive” musician names

    Kenya’s Film Classification Board (KFCB) and its head, Ezekiel Mutua, announced on 19 November 2016 that they have issued a ban on local musicians using stage names they consider to be “offensive”, as well as the sale of music that contains “obscene” lyrics or glorifies drug abuse and violence. Mutua announced the news on his […]
  • Iran: Musician sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes

    On 5 November 2016, Iranian singer Amir Tataloo (real name: Amirhossein Maghsoodloo) was sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes after being found guilty of “spreading Western immorality”, reported Al Bawaba on 6 November 2016. The singer’s original sentence was for ten years and 74 lashes, but the time term was reduced in […]
  • Kazakhstan: Pop group banned in some towns on national tour

    The following article on the troubles Kazakhstan’s Korean Pop group, Ninety One, has suffered on its national tour was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 23 October 2016, who have kindly allowed Freemuse to re-publish it here: Flashy Boy Band Roils Some As It Tours Kazakhstan It’s not easy being a boy band in […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: Concerts in the crosshairs

    Religious conservatives in Iran have been tightening control over the nation’s cultural and moral values ever since the 2013 election of liberal President Hassan Rouhani and the 2015 nuclear deal, amidst fears that the country will lose its values to Western influences. Art, especially music and live concerts, has become one such target for religious […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper banned from music industry indefinitely

    The Tanzanian National Arts Council (Basata) banned popular rapper Nay wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) from participating in the music industry indefinitely due to “immoral content” in his latest song ‘Pale Kati Patamu’, reported Tanzanian news outlet The Citizen on 28 July 2016. “We have barred him from performing in Tanzania indefinitely,” Basata executive […]
  • USA: Anti-Donald Trump song censored

    US presidential nominee Donald Trump and the secret service demanded changes be made to two songs by rapper YG on his latest album released in June 2016 for anti-Trump lyrics, reported entertainment news outlet Vulture on 16 June 2016. The two censored songs – ‘FDT’ (an abbreviation for Fuck Donald Trump) and ‘Blacks and Browns’ […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tanzania: Artist banned from performing due to “immoral” video

    Snura Mushi’s latest popular hit ‘Chura’ has not only led Tanzanian authorities to ban the video and its distribution on 4 May 2016, just days after the video hit the internet, but they have also banned the artist from performing until the video is edited, Tanzanian newspaper Daily News reported on 5 May 2016. The […]
  • Nigeria: Broadcast authority blacklists yet another one of rapper’s songs

    Nigerian hip hop star Olamide has had a fourth song, ‘Don’t Stop’, placed on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) blacklist in less than a year, reported The Net on 16 March 2016. In a statement, NBC said it banned the song from the country’s airwaves due to its “obscenity, being indecent, [and having] vulgar languages, […]
  • Lebanon: Authorities ban song on grounds of offending God

    The censorship bureau of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate has banned Bachar Mar-Khalife’s song ‘Kyrie Eleison’ because it “contains offenses to God as the singer talked to God in the song saying, ‘have mercy on us and leave us alone’”, reported CNN Arabic on 12 April 2016. The authorities further stated that if Bashar Mar-Khalife wants […]
  • Turkey: “Music that sexually turns on people is a sin”

    Artists are facing severe difficulties under Erdoğan’s rule. On 15 February 2016, The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs, issued a fatwa – a religious ban – on ‘sexual’ music. The latest victim of this arbitrary repression is an imam who runs a rockband and opposes the Directorate’s fatwa from a religious perspective. By Yiğit Günay […]
  • Jordan: Rock concert banned for “contradicting” religious beliefs

    The Jordanian Ministry of Interior has confirmed that it banned Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila from performing their concert set to take place on 29 April 2016 at the Roman Theatre in the country’s capital of Amman, reported CNN Arabic on 27 April 2016. The popular band, whose music has been called the “soundtrack to […]
  • Uzbekistan: The naked truth about state censorship

    The Uzbekistan government tightens its control over the arts, prohibiting anything that is believed to threaten national values – including 700 films which have been banned, and musicians who have their performing licenses withdrawn. Censorship was a key instrument for controlling the masses during Soviet times. These days Uzbekistan’s ageing President Islam Karimov — who served as […]
  • Niger: Cameroonian singer denied entry visa to hold concert

    Nigerian authorities denied Cameroonian singer Franko an entry visa to Niger on moral grounds that his current hit, ‘Coller la petite’, “violates the customs of the country”, reported music industry news portal Music in Africa on 15 February 2016. The singer was scheduled to hold a concert in Niamey on 13 February 2016. Franko’s viral […]
  • Tunisia: Singer banned from working due to suggestive video

    The Tunisian Musicians Syndicate has banned singer Hana al Zughlami aka Tunisian Naglaa from working in the country under accusations she promoted vice and immorality in her latest video and single ‘La Ykhebbesh Wala Ydebbish’, reported news site Al Bawaba on 31 March 2016. The syndicate has also stated that legal action would be taken […]
  • Singapore: Madonna banned from performing sensitive song

    The Media Development Authority (MDA), Singapore’s governmental media regulatory board, banned Madonna from performing her song ‘Holy Water’ in her 28 February 2016 show at the country’s National Stadium, reported The Straits Times on 7 January 2016. The MDA rated the concert R18, meaning only those 18 years of age or older can attend, for […]
  • Kenya: LGBT music video banned

    The Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned Art Attack’s video for its remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights song ‘Same Love’ on the grounds that “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported on 23 February 2016. Board chairman Ezekiel Mutua also said that the video […]
  • Egypt: Union president suspends six singers from performing

    Hani Shaker, controversial president of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate, issued a decision to suspend six singers from being able to work as artists based on their behaviours during performances, reported Al Arabya News. Shaker stated that their behaviour was not in line with public morals as they wore “body revealing clothes” and acted “racy” and […]
  • South Korea: TV bans sexy music video

    Korean television has banned K-pop star Jay Park’s latest music video due to its sexual imagery, The Korea Times reported. The video for Park’s lead single, ‘You Know,’ from his new album features Park dancing with fellow K-pop star HyunA. South Korean monitors gave the video a 19+ parental advisory rating. Though K-pop has been […]
  • Egypt: Resolution against revealing clothing and “vulgar” lyrics

    Egypt’s Musicians’ Union bans artists from wearing “indecent” clothing and using “vulgar” vocabulary on stage and television in a resolution passed at the end of August 2015. Hani Shaker, the newly elected head of the union, aims to continue to promote Egyptian art, but not at the expense of the country’s morals and customs, thus […]
  • USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda

    The country song ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town has been banned by some American country stations after listeners complained it ‘promotes the gay agenda’. This despite the fact that the song is about wanting back an ex, and just includes lyrics detailing the attractiveness of his new girlfriend. The group has now filmed a […]
  • India: Singer calls for a censor board in the music industry

    “Like movies, censorship of music is a must and should be implemented immediately in our industry. This is the only way to preserve the sanctity of our music,” the renowned Indian singer Sukhwinder Singh told Times of India. He is displeased with the “visible vulgarity in present-day songs”. Sukhwinder Singh is a leading playback singer […]
  • Sudan: Two singers receive fine and singing ban

    In November 2014, the Sudanese authorities banned the two singers of Hamadat group, Hamada al Rahima and Hamada Bahry, from singing until they had been approved by authorities, and until they promise to stop singing what the authorities describe as ‘ribald’ songs – indecent songs that refer to sexual indications and could be considered immoral. […]
  • 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 […]
  • USA: High school marching band’s playlist censored

    A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. A Lancaster County school board this week stood behind an administrative decision to remove two Top 40 hits from its high school marching band’s upcoming repertoire because of suggestive lyrics. Garden […]
  • Tanzania: Authorities raise concerns over performers’ style of dressing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania: Authorities raise concerns over performers’ style of dressing The National Arts Council of Tanzania (BASATA) has threatened a ban to three dance and music bands – FM Academia, TOT Respect and Akudo Impact – for their stage shows’ alleged semi-nude clothing, reported Majira on 29 May 2008. The issue of clothing during […]
  • World-wide: Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs

    SUMMARY ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## World-wide:Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs Indecency is prohibited by law in many societies around the world, but where to draw the line and when to actually ban a song because it is considered indecent, profane, immoral or offending against the recognised standards of propriety… this is an on-going debate which presently […]
  • Bahrain: Parliament’s attempt to ban singer failed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Parliament’s attempt to ban singer failed Bahrain’s Islamist parliament members wanted to ban the Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe from performing in the country because of her sexy looks. They were not successful. Instead, their attempt gave the singer great publicity world-wide Singer and pop diva Haifa Wehbe (also spelled: Hayfa Wahbi) has so […]
  • Egypt: Ruby’s music videos banned on national tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Ruby’s music videos banned by national tv Ruby’s music videos are banned by Egyptian tv for being too sexy, and she has been banned from holding concerts in Kuwait. According to studies by the London-based daily Al-Hayat, the Egyptian singer Ruby is considered to be more popular than any political or intellectual […]
  • Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas libraries

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas librariesThe Kansas attorney general has withheld more than 1,600 compact discs from distribution to state libraries because officials determined the albums promote violence or illegal activity, records show.The albums removed by Attorney General Phill Kline’s office were part of 51,000 discs given to Kansas as part […]
  • India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence The Indian super-hit song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ should be banned for its violent lyrics that “incite aggression”, stated a public interest litigation petition filed before the Kerala High Court. The song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ is one of the most popular […]
  • South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop singer’s concert American pop singer Lady Gaga’s upcoming Seoul concert has been restricted to over-18s by the Korea Media Rating Board, as the Gender Ministry considers one of her songs, ‘Just Dance’ which is to be performed at the show, as “inappropriate” for minors, reported […]
  • Indonesia: Dangdut songs banned for ‘corrupting society’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Dangdut songs banned for ‘corrupting society’ 10 popular Dangdut songs were banned in a province of Indonesia for being ‘pornographic’, reported BBC News. In BBC-reporter Karishma Vaswani’s words, Dangdut music sounds like “a cross between techno and Bollywood, but it is 100 per cent Indonesian.” A growing and vocal group of conservative […]
  • Malaysia/Philippines: Religious groups unite in bid to silence pop singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia / Philippines: Religious groups unite in bid to silence pop singer Christian and Muslim groups attempt to ban American superstar Lady Gaga’s shows during her Asia tour, calling her music, persona and style the ‘work of Satan’, while tens of thousands of her fans in Seoul, Jakarta and Manila campaign for the […]
  • Malawi: Broadcaster bans two songs for ‘un-Malawian words’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malawi: Broadcaster bans two songs for ‘un-Malawian words’ Because of erotic lyrics with “sensitive and un-Malawian words”, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has banned a Zambian and a Nigerian hit song. On 12 November 2011, a Zambian hit song by Day-Vee, ‘Love Farmer’, and the Nigerian hit song ‘Sawa Sawa’ by DJ Flavour was reported […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes In order to weed out vulgar jokes about government officials and ministries, all Burmese traditional dance troupes who wish to make a video of a performance are required to perform a full-dress rehearsal in front of censorship board officials three days prior to a […]
  • South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned The South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality & Family has caused distress amongst fans in recent months for a series of bans they’ve made on songs they considered ‘hazardous media’ to the youth. In this context, a representative clarified that a […]
  • Canada: Ban lifted on Dire Straits’ song ‘Money For Nothing’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Ban lifted on Dire Straits’ song ‘Money For Nothing’ ‘Money for Nothing’ was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears in January 2011 after a listener’s complaint about the word faggot in the lyrics. The ban on the song has now been lifted and Canadian radio stations can resume playing the song, reported BBC News […]
  • DR Congo: Censorship commission’s music ban leads to arrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## République Démocratique du Congo:Censorship commission’s music ban leads to arrest A tv programme director was arrested for having broadcasted an allegedly ‘immoral’ music video with the Congolese band Zaïko Langa Langa This was reported by Journalist in Danger (Journaliste En Danger, JED) in Kinshasa. Junior Kudur Kasongo was arrested on Tuesday 30 August […]
  • UK / USA: ‘Offending’ album title covered with sticker

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Offending’ album title covered with sticker The popular British rock band Arctic Monkeys’ new album is entitled ‘Suck It And See’ – a phrase which causes a stir in the United States where major stores will cover the offending album title by a big sticker. When the indie-rock band from a suburb of Sheffield […]
  • India: Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos The Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry has closed SS Music, a multi-lingual music channel, for seven days for showing nudity. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited the transmission or re-transmission of SS Music on any platform throughout India with effect from midnight on […]
  • Canada: Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast ‘Money for Nothing’, a song by the rock band Dire Straits, was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears after a lone woman in Newfoundland complained about the word faggot in the lyrics. 25 years after the song ‘Money for Nothing’ first took off on the […]
  • Uzbekistan: Rock and rap music denounced as ‘evil’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Uzbekistan:Rock and rap music denounced as ‘evil’ Uzbekistan’s state television issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap music as a Western liberal excess, saying the music was epitomized by sadism, drug addiction and immorality, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) on 21 February 2011. AFP reported that a tv documentary made in the style […]
  • Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal Thomas Gurrath is a member of the Stuttgart-based death metal band Debauchery. Until 28 March 2010 he was training to become a grammar school teacher in the German state Baden-Württemberg. But when his supervisors found out about his musical activities with Debauchery, he was […]
  • Iran: 80 young people arrested at illegal concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:80 young people arrested at illegal concert Iranian police detained 80 young men and women for “lustful pleasure-seeking” activities at an illegal concert, Tehran’s chief prosecutor was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying. Public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted in the Kayhan newspaper on 7 May 2010 as saying that moral […]
  • Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song A popular Hausa singer in Kano in Northern Nigeria, Ala (real name: Aminu Ladan Abubakar), was arrested in Kano on 4 July 2009 for publishing his song ‘Hasbunallahu’ — a song which was banned by a mobile court judge linked to the Kano State Censorship Board […]
  • 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 […]
  • Pakistan: High Court imposes ban on ‘immoral songs’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:High Court imposed ban on ‘immoral songs’ On 27 April 2009 the Lahore High Court imposed a ban on songs by the two Lahore singers Naseebo Lal and Nooro Lal, deeming them ‘indecent, immoral’ and ‘against the values of a Muslim society’, reported The News International. According to the newspaper, justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry also […]
  • Cambodia: Ministry outlaws obscene songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cambodia:Ministry outlaws obscene songs The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has outlawed all songs with ‘rude or obscene meanings’. According to the minister of women’s affairs, Ing Kantha Phavi, it could ‘help to reduce the number of rapes and other sex crimes in the Kingdom.’ In an interview with Phnom Penh […]
  • Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board A Kano chief magistrate has banned listening, sale and circulation of 11 Hausa songs, described as obscene, confrontational and immoral. Chief magistrate Muhtari Ahmed who presides over a mobile court attached to the Kano State Censorship Board said the court is going to prosecute […]
  • Kuweit: Concert closed for ‘defying the conservative traditions’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuweit:Concert closed for ‘defying the conservative traditions’ The Kuwaiti department for monitoring public entertainment abrubtly ended a concert by the Egyptian singer Tamer Hosni because of a kiss, reported The Associated Press A woman from the audience jumped onto the stage, hugged the Egyptian singer Tamer Hosni and gave him a kiss. For […]
  • Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam” The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party will stage a peaceful protest if the two singers Mas Idayu and Ella are not banned from a 6 July concert, reported The Associated Press on 17 June 2008. Rock singer Norzila Aminuddin, better known as Ella – […]
  • United Arab Emirates: American hit song banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Arab Emirates:American hit song banned An American hit song receiving airplay in the United Arab Emirates provokes controversy and has been banned from radio stations in Dubai for containing lyrics that “depict sexuality, lesbianism and promiscuity”, reported the daily newspaper Gulf News In 2007, American singer Katy Perry’s debut single, ‘UR So […]
  • Germany/Denmark: Controversy around erotic drawing on vinyl cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany / Denmark: Controversy around erotic drawing on LP cover The Danish psychedelic garage rock band Baby Woodrose recently experienced trouble in connection with the re-issuing of Blows Your Mind, their debut album originally released in 2001. The LP cover consists of artwork by Malleus – a drawing picturing a naked woman lying in […]
  • USA: Feminist critique censored for indecency

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Feminist critique censored for indecency The Federal Communications Commission censored Sarah Jones’ song ‘Your revolution’ for indecency. Ironically, Jones’s song is in fact feminist critique and a statement against indecency and more particularly the sexual exploitation of women in pop music. The spoken-word song ‘Your revolution’ was aired on the KBOO-FM radio station […]
  • Malaysia: Singer banned for showing bare chest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Singer banned for showing bare chest Singer Faizal Tahir is banned by Malaysian authorities from appearing in any entertainment programmes on tv for three months. Reason: he took off his shirt during a live concert on tv On 13 January 2008, pop singer Faizal Tahir courted controversy by removing his shirts to his […]
  • India: Government bans “raunchy” music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Indian government bans “raunchy” music videos In April 2006 the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India banned “raunchy music videos”. However, in May 2006 The Times of India reports that the ban has not been implemented Popular Indian tv channels such as Channel V, B4U, Balle Balle, MTV, iTV […]
  • India: American singer censored on tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:American singer censored on tv Paris Hilton’s music video ‘Stars Are Blind’ has been banned because of “sexual connotations”. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has issued an “A” (Adult) certification for the music video which is part of Hilton’s debut album, ‘Paris’. It was released in Mumbai on 22 August 2006. […]
  • Tunisia/Egypt: Najla too sexy for Egyptian tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia / Egypt:Najla banned on Egyptian tv channel The Egyptian music channel Mazzika will not air Tunisian singer and dancer Najla’s new music video because it is considered pornographic Najla is trying eagerly to return to the scenes, yet decisions to ban her music surround her. This is the third time the singer’s music video has […]
  • Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry  Najla worked as a belly dancer and singer in Egypt. She had taken a short vacation from Egypt and visited her homeland Tunisia, but was shocked upon her return that Cairo Airport Security would not let her enter the country The news of Najla’s banning from Egypt […]
  • United Arab Emirates: Satellite music channel bans “demeaning songs”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Arab Emirates: Satellite music channel bans “demeaning songs” The Arab satellite music channel Nogoom has decided to ban the airing of songs that are classified as ”inappropriate for the average viewers” and which contain seductive scenes and females wearing revealing outfits The censorship committee officials at the network revealed that “broadcasting such […]
  • Kuwait: Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait: Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram bannedOfficials at Ministry of Information in Kuwait say that its Censorship Department has refused a request for a concert during the Muslim holiday Eid Al Fitr for Lebanese Nancy Ajram and Kuwaiti singer Nabil Shu’ail. A committee member stated that Nancy Ajram – known as “The Maria Carey of […]
  • Egypt: state censorship committee bans music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: State censorship committee bans music videos Egyptian authorities have initiated a crack down on music videos which feature females barely dressed. As popular female stars reveal more and more flesh, controversy grows in Egypt’s mainly Muslim society The Egyptian Censorship Committee has banned 20 music videos “which featured sexual connotations and females barely dressed”, stressing […]
  • Ghana: Hiplife under attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ghana: Hiplife under attack The National Communication Authority of Ghana is being asked to ban “profane music” such as Hiplife on the radios Hiplife, the local Ghanaian version of Hip Hop, is under constant attack from “moral groups” in the country. Several comments in national newspapers in recent month compare Hiplife lyrics to […]
  • Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki That Kenyan music has grown tremendously in the past few years is incontestable. Many local FM radio stations play this music and TV stations devote whole programmes to Kenyan music. As a […]
  • Mariah upsets Malaysian Muslims

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mariah Upsets Malaysian MuslimsMalaysia’s Muslim opposition party has called for Mariah Carey to be barred from performing in the country. From BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3402201.stm Related reading
  • USA: New fines proposed in indecency bills

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## US: New fines proposed in indecency billsThe bills would give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to fine recording artists, air talent and other individuals up to $500,000 for knowingly uttering indecent language on radio and TV.Full story at reclaimthemedia.org; http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/iraq/8136507.htm Read more:
  • Afghanistan: Official sacked over concert with singers without headscarves

    NEWS Afghanistan: Official sacked over concert with singers without headscarves The organiser of a concert where the singers Farzana Naz and Rita Wagma appeared on stage without headscarves was fired after religious elders had complained that this was inappropriate. Farzana Naz was the first female performer to appear on stage in Helmand in decades, one […]
  • Turkey: American music video banned for ‘explicit sexual content’

    NEWS Turkey: American music video banned for ‘explicit sexual content’ American pop stars Justin Timberlake and Ciara’s music video for the song ‘Love Sex Magic’ was banned in Turkey due to its explicit sexual content. Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council banned all tv channels from showing the video. The video shows Ciara licking Timberlake’s […]
  • Turkey: Banned rapper did not back down

    NEWS Turkey:Banned rapper did not back down In 2000, when Turkish rapper Sultana launched her debut album with the song ‘Kuşu Kalkmaz’ its music video was immediately banned from tv. She then moved to the US, and disappeared from the lime light. After an eight-year hiatus Sultana is now re-entering the music stage. Television channels […]
  • Ghazal Ahmadi

    Ghazal Ahmadi(Afghanistan) 25 February 2008 Ghazal Ahmadi is a film actress in Afghanistan, and is also known for performing in music videos. Click on the photo two times to start the video. Wimpy Wasp Player In this interview Ghazal Ahmadi speaks about her experience as a music student who stopped learning how to play the […]
  • Afghanistan: Broadcast of Colombian singer censored

    NEWS Afghanistan: Broadcast of Colombian singer censored A performance by the Colombian pop star Shakira has provoked a row between the Afghan government and the country’s independent media, reports Tom Coghlan from Kabul for the British newspaper Daily Telegraph Senior Muslim clerics and members of Afghanístan’s Ministry of Culture warned the country’s largest private television […]
  • Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song

    NEWS 10 April 2007 Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song The five members of the punk band Deli from Bursa face up to 18 months in jail for having insulted the country’s unpopular university entrance exam in the song ‘ÖSYM’ Deli’s song ‘ÖSYM’ features a chorus of the words “ÖSYM, kiss my arse”. […]
  • Algeria/France: Rai outlaw dies

    NEWS   Algeria/France: Raï outlaw dies The Algerian legendary raï music star, Cheikha Rimitti, passed away on May 15 in Paris, 83 years old Cheikha Rimitti has a 60-year track record in Algeria as an outlaw for singing songs openly encouraging women to have and enjoy sex, with lyrics so plain-talk frank they’d still send […]

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