• Secretariat

    Freemuse secretariat Srirak Plipat Executive Director Previous to joining Freemuse as Executive Director, Dr Plipat was director for Asia Pacific at Transparency International where he managed TI’s strategy, research and advocacy programmes on transparency and accountability governance. As director of the International Mobilisation Programme at Amnesty International in London, Dr Plipat was responsible for AI’s […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Verdensmusikbanken indg

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Bibzoom World med i tiltaget omkring Music Freedom Day I skole Information about Freemuse:
  • Freemuse sends appeal letter to president of Vietnam

    CAMPAIGNS 14 October 2016 Since October 2012, Freemuse has campaigned for the release of Vietnamese musician Hoang Nhat Thong, who remains in prison as of October 2016. Hoang Nhat Thong (real name: Tran Vu Anh Binh) was sentenced to a six-year prison sentence in October 2012 and a further two-year house arrest sentence upon release […]
  • Freemuse og Pussy Riot-medlem taler om ytringsfrihed

    PRESSEMEDDELELSE 18 February 2013 Ole Reitov (Freemuse) og Alfons Karabuda (ECSA) skyper med Yekaterina Samutsevich Foto: Arvid Wam Solvang Opdateret: 22. february 2013 Freemuse og Pussy Riot-medlem taler om ytringsfrihed Ved en international konference i Bruxelles onsdag den 20. februar taler Ole Reitov, Freemuse, og det frigivne Pussy Riot-medlem Yekaterina Samutsevich om ytringsfrihed, teknologi og […]
  • 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 […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Pussy Riot found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison On 17 August 2012, the three members of the punk collective Pussy Riot received guilty verdicts and were each sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. According to the judge, they had “deeply insulted the faith of believers with their disrespectful criminal act […]
  • First world conference on artistic freedom of expression

    ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:First world conference on artistic freedom of expression Video recordings of sessions and interviews with musicians who attended the conference in Oslo, Norway, on 25-26 October 2012 List of videos Visit the conference website:      
  • India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats

    NEWS 22 February 2013 India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats Pragaash Photo: Courtesy of News Bharati The band Pragaash from Kashmir has decided to dissolve after only one concert. The reason is a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and rape threats on social media. The members of Pragaash […]
  • Freemuse: The case of Pussy Riot – behind the scenes

    ARTICLES 30 August 2012 Freemuse:The case of Pussy Riot — behind the scenes Summing up: A talk with Freemuse’s Campaign Officer about how Freemuse has worked on the case of Pussy Riot since three members of the band were detained in March 2012. Freemuse started following and working on the case of Pussy Riot immediately after […]
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    TENZIN GÖNPO
  • Iran: Cancellation of several pop concerts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Cancellation of several pop concerts A new wave of concert cancellations started from Tehran and has spread throughout the country, reported Small Media from London. Just one hour before it was scheduled to start, a concert of traditional music by Salar Aghili was cancelled in Hamedan. According to media reports, a local […]
  • Mali: The day the music stopped

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Mali: The day the music stopped “We do not want Satan’s music,” said an Islamist spokesman as he banned the broadcasting of all western music from his stronghold in Gao, a city that finds itself within the most literal and brutal Sharia jurisdiction in the world today; the ‘red zone’ in northern Mali. […]
  • Freemuse Award 2013: Ørkenfestivalen Festival au Désert

    NYHEDER 06 February 2013 Modtager af årets Freemuse Award: Ørkenfestivalen i Mali Malis verdensberømte ørkenfestival ‘Festival au Désert’ modtager Freemuse Award 2013. “På trods af militante ekstremisters forsøg på at forbyde al form for musik i Mali har festivalen kæmpet videre for at holde musiklivet i Mali levende – og dermed forsvaret retten til musikalsk […]
  • Jamal Ali

    JAMAL ALI
  • After Pussy Riot, artists must stand for each other, everywhere

    FREEMUSE COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## AFTER PUSSY RIOT:Artists must stand for each other, everywhere It’s impossible to know yet whether the wave of international support received by the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot during their just completed trial impacted the verdict in any way. But it’s clear that the plight of the three young women who now […]
  • Burma/Myanmar: Greetings from Win Maw

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:Greetings from Win Maw in Burma Opening the session ‘BURMA: BEAUTY UNDER PRESSURE’, moderator Frances Harrison introduced the Burmese musician Win Maw with these words: “Burma, a country that is on the brink of change. But just how fragile that change is, is under evidence […]
  • France: Rap lyrics targeted

    NEWS 25 February 2013 France:Rap lyrics targeted The French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls wants to fight “aggressive” rap lyrics attacking the state, insulting the flag and women. This is the conclusion after a member of the senate had chosen to question him on the subject of what she called “absolutely unprecedented violence against […]
  • Pakistan: Death sentences for dancing at a wedding party

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Death sentences for dancing at a wedding party Pakistani media is bringing confusing reports from northern Pakistan about a tribal court which allegedly handed down death penalty to four women and two men for dancing at a wedding party. Rumours said the four women from Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhunkhwa were shot […]
  • Adam Fischer

    ADAM FISCHER
  • Iran: Report about cultural censorship in Iran

    ARTICLES AND REPORTS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Report about cultural censorship in Iran The condition of culture in Iran is moving towards what can only be described as a ‘state of emergency.’ This report, published by Small Media in 2011, addresses some of the major concerns in the fields of literature, cinema, theatre and music in Iran […]
  • Russia: Interview with released Pussy Riot member

    ARTICLES 12 November 2012 Russia:First interview with released Pussy Riot member Index on Censorship had the exclusive opportunity to interview Pussy Riot member Ekatrina Samutsevich who was freed by a Moscow court on 10 October 2012. The interview took place during the same week as Samutsevich’s friends and fellow band mates Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award 2013 to Festival au Desert

    PRESS RELEASE 06 February 2013 Freemuse Award winner: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali “The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, […]
  • Belarus: Longing for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Longing for change At the end of the concert, the audience shouted “Zhyvie Belarus!” (Long live Belarus!), which is the cry of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Since 1994 the country has been governed by president Aleksandr Lukashenko who suppresses freedom of opinion and expression and who has […]
  • Freemuse: Grounds pass to the United Nations

    NEWS 30 July 2012 Freemuse: Grounds pass to the United Nations The United Nations has granted a ‘Special consultative status’ to Freemuse “We welcome the opportunity to work with you and will be happy to facilitate your participation in the work of the United Nations, in particular ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, in the future,” […]
  • Kidjo: Fight against censorship by supporting artists who are silenced

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Angelique Kidjo:Fight against censorship by supporting artists who are silenced Under the headline ‘Songs of Freedom’, singer Angelique Kidjo writes about music censorship and the power of music in The International Herald Tribune’s special theme issue, ‘Global Agenda: Turning Points’ “The mix of melodies and words carries a message much more powerful than […]
  • Vietnam

    VIETNAM
  • Mali: Music banned from the radio in Timbuktu

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mali: Music banned from the radio in Timbuktu Rebels captured the town of 50,000 citizens in northern Mali in April, and since the takeover in April, the Islamists of Ansar Dine, supported by Al Qaeda, have gained the upper hand over the Tuaregs. They are now aggressively promoting their hard-edged brand of Islamic […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison On 10 October 2012, a Moscow appeals court freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, 30-year-old Ekaterina Samutsevitsj, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others who are to serve remainder of their sentences in penal colony. All […]
  • Uganda: Commission bans song for being critical of City Authority Director

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Uganda: Commission bans song for being critical of City Authority Director The Uganda Communication Commission denied Bobi Wine’s song ‘Tugambire ku Jennifier’ airplay in Ugandan radio and tv because the body received complaints from several people about that it is abusive. The Human Rights Network for Journalists called on the Uganda Communication Commission […]
  • Belarus: Trial of pro-opposition singer-songwriter

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Trial of pro-opposition singer-songwriter Pro-opposition singers Igor Simbiryov and Dzmitryy Bartosik were arrested during an open-air performance near Minsk on 6 May 2012, the Belarusian news agency Belapan reported on 7 May 2012. According to opposition activist Yuryy Hanchar, policemen brought the musicians and some spectators to a police station in the […]
  • United Nations: Global study on the right to artistic freedom

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Nations: Global study on the right to artistic freedom The United Nations special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights has sent a questionnaire to all member states asking them to report on legislations and practices related to artistic freedom and censorship. Freemuse’s Programme Manager has been attached as a consultant for […]
  • Lauréat du Freemuse Award 2013 : Festival au Désert – Mali

    ∙ COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE 06 February 2013 Lauréat du Freemuse Award 2013 : Festival au Désert – Mali Le Freemuse Award est attribué à Festival au Désert qui s’efforce de maintenir en vie la musique au Mali. Ceci en dépit de menaces constantes émises par les extrémistes liés à Al-Qaïda installés dans la région depuis […]
  • Philippines

    THE PHILIPPINES
  • Marzieh

    MARZIEH
  • Hungary: Adam Fischer on artistic freedom and responsibility

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:Adam Fischer on artistic freedom and responsibility Adam Fischer was the speaker of the session ‘HUNGARY: ARTISTIC FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE AGE OF XENOPHOBIA’. He said: “I want to speak here about the responsibility of artists, towards the freedom of art, the freedom of speech. How […]
  • Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012

    NEWS 26 February 2013 Freemuse annual statistics: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012 Freemuse has compiled statistics presenting a glimpse of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2012. A total number of 173 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered. The cases include 6 artists being killed, […]
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  • Mali: Music festival exiled to Burkina Faso

    NEWS 10 January 2013 Mali:Music festival exiled to Burkina Faso Radio report from a music catastrophe area: The al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali have banned music of any kind, even cellphone ringtones, and have also put an end to the ‘Festival in the Desert’, which had been held for the past decade near Timbuktu. The […]
  • Russia: Freemuse calls for free and fair trial for Pussy Riot

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 30 July 2012 Russia: Freemuse calls for free and fair trial for Pussy Riot Freemuse sends appeals to President Vladimir Putin, Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church, the public and district prosecutor and the district court, calling for a fair and free trial for the three band members of Pussy Riot. At […]
  • Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN Norwegian-Pakistani singer, music producer, composer, film maker and human rights activist Deeyah is awarded this year’s Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian chapter of PEN International. The Ossietzky prize is Norwegian PEN’s prize for outstanding achievements within the field of freedom of expression and is awarded […]
  • Norway: Norwegians mark Music Freedom Day with freedom of expression festival

    NEWS 11 February 2013 Norway: Norwegians mark Music Freedom Day with freedom of expression festival An international celebration of freedom of expression in art and culture, entitled ‘RED ZONE – FREE THE ARTS’, will be held in Norway from 28 February to 3 March 2013. The famous Middle Eastern artists Tania Saleh, Rim Banna, Mohamad […]
  • Algeria: Call for the respect of freedom of artistic expression

    NEWS 21 May 2012 Algeria: Call for the respect of freedom of artistic expression in Algeria “Algerian intellectuals, journalists, cultural activists, artists and writers ring the alarm and request from the Ministry of Culture to lift its control over the cultural sector and let the independent/civil cultural artistic stakeholders undertake their projects freely…” Algerian artists and […]
  • South Korea: Enhanced censorship on cultural contents

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Enhanced censorship on cultural contents A new South Korean bill requires every music video to be rated prior to upload. Failure to comply will result in up to two years in prison or a hefty fine, reported Global Voices on 20 August 2012. Artists and South Korean net users have labeled […]
  • Tibet: “As long as we perform, Tibet is still alive”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“As long as we perform, Tibet is still alive” Tenzin Gönpo, a musician from Tibet, performed in the session ‘TIBET: ARTISTS IN EXILE’. In an interview, recorded during the conference, Tenzin Gönpo spoke about the situation for Tibetan artists: This is the conference session about Tibet, containing a performance by Tenzin […]
  • Press release: Broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day 2013

    PRESS RELEASE 28 February 2013 Broadcasters and artists in Asia, Africa and Europe join Music Freedom Day 2013Freemuse publishes new report on Mali and reminds the world of Pussy Riot With one of the world’s richest music countries heavily affected by attacks on music, two Pussy Riot members still in prison, six musicians killed in […]
  • Morocco: Appel pour le soutien à Lhaqed aux droits à la liberté de création

    ACTUALITÉS 09 June 2012 Morocco: Appel pour le soutien à Lhaqed aux droits à la liberté de création L’association Racines pour le développement culturel au Maroc et en Afrique, représentant national d’ARTerial Network, a publié le 22 mai 2012 une lettre aux artistes et aux journalistes, appelant au soutien de Mouad Belghouate, alias Lhaqed, aux […]
  • Censurerede og f

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Verdenskonference i Olso: Censurerede og f “Hjernen” bag den russiske Pussy Riot kampagne og eksperter fra en lang r Artikler p
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad once again in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad once again in prison Singer Arya Aramnejad has once again been imprisoned. In the end of December 2012, he was requested to present himself in a prison, and the artist is now serving a 91 days sentence. Freemuse has — once again — protested against the imprisonment of the […]
  • China: Increased control on music publishing in Tibet

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Increased control on music publishing in Tibet New measures by Chinese authorities involve significantly increased controls in the Tibetan music publishing, reported Human Rights Watch on 13 July 2012. In the lead-up to the 18th Party Congress, due to take place in late 2012, restrictions on news, media, and communications in Tibet […]
  • Debatarrangement i K

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Debatarrangement i K Seneste artikler p
  • EU: Freedom of speech debated on Creators Conference

    NEWS 12 February 2013 EU: Freedom of speech debated on Creators Conference A conference on freedom of speech, technology and authors’ rights, organised under the High Patronage of the European Parliament, will take place on 20 February 2013 at the Theatre du Vaudeville in Brussels, Belgium. It is entitled ‘Creators Conference 2013’. The opening plenary […]
  • Shahin Najafi

    SHAHIN NAJAFI Related reading
  • Mali: Rose Skelton reports from Bamako: Can musical Mali play on?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mali: Rose Skelton reports from Bamako: Can musical Mali play on? Islamism is on the march and threatening to wipe out the country’s cultural heritage, wrote freelance journalist Rose Skelton in the British newspaper The Independent on 18 August 2012. Malian artists have exported their music with more success than perhaps any other […]
  • Mali: The day the music stopped

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:The day the music stopped In the session ‘THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED: MALI’, journalist and Freemuse Vice Chair Daniel Brown talks to Manny Ansar who is Festival Director of the Desert Festival in Mali. Manny Ansar gives an insight into the difficulties faced by musicians in the […]
  • Freemuse report: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

    ANDY MORGAN: ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ In relationship to Music Freedom Day 2013, Freemuse publishes a very extensive documentation of how music has been affected in Mali.The 64-pages report, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, is written by Andy Morgan — one of UK’s most respected writers specialised in West Africa and the […]
  • Morocco: Call for solidarity with Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 09 June 2012 Morocco: Call for solidarity with Mouad Belghouat, known as El Haked The following letter was sent as a call for solidarity from artists performing at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music 2012 Statement by Freemuse, Copenhagen, 6 June 2011 Dear artist, Freemuse calls upon artists performing at Fez to […]
  • Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats

    NEWS 24 October 2012 Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats This interview with Shahin Najafi and Günter Wallraff took place five months after a fatwa – a death sentence – was issued against the singer and rapper Shahin Najafi. It proclaimed him an apostate for recording the rap-song ‘Ay Naghi’ and sentenced […]
  • Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

    NEWS 01 February 2013 Mexico:Several musicians brutally killed Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday […]
  • China: Danish singer banned by censorship authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Danish singer banned by censorship authorities The Danish singer and rapper Linkoban, known as Ling Ly in China, performed twice in Beijing in July 2012, despite the fact that she had been banned by the Chinese censorship authorities. Linkoban and her crew of dancers had to make a number of last-minute changes […]
  • Press release: Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE:Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison Less than two weeks after a group of international artists joined Freemuse in a campaign for the release of the Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given a 91 days prison sentence just before New Year, he was able to leave prison. According […]
  • DR2 Deadline: Sangere skal dyste i uroplagede Aserbajdsjan

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## DR2 Deadline indslag om Melodi Grand Prixet i Aserbajdsjan:‘Sangere skal dyste i uroplagede Aserbajdsjan’ DR2s nyhedsudsendelse ‘Deadline’ interviewede den 23. maj 2012 Mik Aidt fra Freemuse og Annemette Kirkegaard fra K Relateret læsning – på dansk Ulandsnyt – 27. maj 2012: ‘Vagthund: Et smukt ansigt kan ikke skjule Aserbajdsjans realiteter’ Related reading on […]
  • Iran: Banned Israeli Persian-language album gains popularity

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Banned Israeli Persian-language album gains popularity The music of Rita Jahan-Foruz — an Iranian-born, Israel-based singer — is becoming increasingly popular in both Iran and Israel, as tensions grow between the two countries. 50-year-old Rita Jahan-Foruz’s music is banned in her birthplace Iran where any music whose singing, performance or distribution is […]
  • Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“My first love was always music” In the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’, ex-singer Deeyah and actor Arshad Hussain testifies about serious threaths and an actual abduction, a reality faced by some performing artists due to social and cultural pressures in Afghanistan as well […]
  • Pakistan: Popular singer gunned down in music market

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Popular singer gunned down in music market A young singer, Ghazala Javed, was shot dead on 18 June 2012 along with her father by two unknown armed men The incident happened in the busy Mohallah Nau of Dabgari Garden in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, where the singer was […]
  • Somalia: Poet, playwright and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Poet and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen Somali poet, playwright and songwriter Warsame Shire Awale was killed in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, on 29 October 2012 in the evening, reported BBC World. Warsame Shire Awale who was in his 60s worked for the Radio Kulmiye where he wrote and acted in radio […]
  • Arya Aramnejad

    ARYA ARAMNEJAD Arya Aramnejad is an Iranian singer from Babol in the northern part of Iran. He became famous for his song ‘Ali Barkhiz’ where he denounces the Islamic regime’s crimes during the 2009 Ashura protests. After this, he has been imprisoned several times.
  • Kyrgyzstan

    KYRGYZSTAN Transcript Verlag
  • Cameroon: Petition for musicians

    CAMPAIGNS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Petition for musicians At the request of the International Federation of Musicians, LabourStart has launched a new online campaign in defense of the hundreds of members of the Musicians Union of Cameroon who were savagely attacked by police as they peacefully marched. SYCAMU President, Roméo Dika, who is also Vice-President of the International […]
  • Norge: Harstad er verdens første friby for musikere

    NYHEDER 14 February 2013 Norge: Harstad er verdens første friby for musikere I dag, den 14. februar, præsenter Norsk Musiker Forbund deres nye projekt SafeMUSE og verdens første friby for musikere, Harstad. Det sker på den nordiske musikindustris konference by:Larm i Oslo. Siden ideen om tilflugtssteder eller “sikre byer” for forfulgte forfattere blev populær i […]
  • Denmark: Support from Roskilde Festival Charity Society for artists at risk

    NEWS 01 June 2012 The Roskilde Festival Charity Society in Denmark: Support for artists at risk Freemuse has received a grant of DKK 500,000 (approximately 66,000 euro) from The Roskilde Festival Charity Society to sustain and develop the Freemuse networks in West Africa, MENA, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “In the past 18 months Freemuse has conducted […]
  • Cuba: Banned exiled singers allegedly stricken from censorship list

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Banned exiled singers allegedly stricken from censorship list The BBC reported on 8 August 2012 that several Cuban radio stations confirm they no longer face restrictions on playing music by exiles. The BBC-reporter Sarah Rainsford wrote that the Cuban state-run radio had declared that previously forbidden Cuban-American musical performers such as Celia […]
  • Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:The artist vs. the state In the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’, Maran Turner and Alexander Cheparukhin give insight into two cases where artists have been speaking out and as a result […]
  • Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on

    ARTICLES 01 March 2013 Pakistan:The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on During the last decade, Pashto music has lost artists and singers of high repute. Some have preferred to seek political asylum in the foreign countries. Many are living a miserable life. Receiving threats from militants has become a routine matter. But have things […]
  • Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech Three popular live musicians – John De’ Mathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi – have been accused of propagating hate speech. The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are allegedly singing songs in Kikuyu language that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime […]
  • Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison

    NEWS Posted: 30 october 2012.  Updated: ##PagePublishedLong## Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison A Vietnamese court convicted two renowned musicians to four and six years imprisonment for anti-state propaganda and links to a banned political group, one of their lawyers said on 30 October 2012. Viet Khang, 34, (real name: […]
  • Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian musician

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 16 January 2013 Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian singer In a letter to the Iranian authorities, world renowned artists join Freemuse in a protest against the imprisonment of their Iranian colleague Arya Aramnejad.   The artists’ appeal letter [PDF] Singer Lapiro de Mbanga, who successfully ran a case against Cameroon in The […]
  • Russia: Prosecutor seeks three years sentence for members of Pussy Riot

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Prosecutor seeks three years sentence for members of Pussy Riot On the seventh day of the legal proceedings in Moscow, the prosecutor called for a three year prison sentence for Pussy Riot band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich. The three women, detained since March 2012 for staging a music […]
  • Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system

    NEWS 22 November 2012 Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system Ten rappers have been murdered in the last two years in the Colombian city Medellín. Their “crime”: that they volunteered to help getting young people away from paramilitary groups and drug gangs. 14 rappers have gone underground, and even more fear for their lives, […]
  • Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time

    NEWS 14 February 2013 Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time The celebrated Turkish pianist, composer and writer Fazıl Say will be appearing in court for the second time on Monday 18 February 2013. Fazıl Say is on trial for some comments he posted on Twitter and is charged for blasphemy and […]
  • Freemuse: Manu Chao supports Freemuse campaign

    FREEMUSE CAMPAIGN NEWS 28 August 2012 Freemuse: Manu Chao supports Freemuse campaign “Freedom of expression is important to anyone and we must fight for it. I am supporting the work of Freemuse and I’m here to help,” says singer Manu Chao in a comment to the current Freemuse campaigns for persecuted and imprisoned musicians and […]
  • Terakaft

    TERAKAFT
  • Pakistan: Manifestations of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture

    ARTICLES 04 March 2013 Pakistan:Manifestation of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture On Music Freedom Day 2013 at a local hotel in Peshawar, music lovers put their voices together to ensure the freedom of artistic and musical expressions. The participants boldly condemned militancy and extremism in all its forms. Also, at the Peshawar […]
  • Press release: World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE ON 18 JUNE 2012:ALL THAT IS BANNED IS DESIRED World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo Artists who have received death threats, experienced imprisonment, abduction or censorship because of their artistic work will enter the stage when the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression […]
  • Press release: Freemuse in leading role for global network

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE:Freemuse in leading role for global network in support of artistic freedom of expressionArtsfex is a new global network advocating and defending artistic freedom of expression. Behind the new network are international arts and freedom of expression organisations and networks from all over the world. The unique initiative bridges the […]
  • Kombo Kolombia

    KOMBO KOLOMBIA
  • Morocco: Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper In Morocco the rapper El Haked is in prison since May 2012 for his highly political lyrics – but so far very few popular musicians are speaking out about this, writes author Mark LeVine in this commentary based on his recent personal experiences together with musicians at a festival in Fez. […]
  • Freemuse received a Danish Music Award 2012

      Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012 At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’. Freemuse Executive Director Marie Korpe and Programme Manager Ole Reitov received the award which was presented by Marie Carelse, Chair of World Music Denmark. […]
  • Tanzania: Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar music festival

    NEWS 14 February 2013 Tanzania: Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar festival This year, the Sauti za Busara festival, which begins today, focuses on freedom of musical expression. Tenth year in a row, the East African music festival again opens its stages for approximately 400 invited performers and an excited local as well as relatively large […]
  • Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Eurovision Song Contest in AzerbaijanA pretty face cannot hide the ugly realities As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels […]
  • Rusland: Pussy Riot p

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Rusland:Pussy Riot p             Klaus Slavensky taler foran Ruslands ambassade Ingen anden musiker-retssag de seneste 14  L 29 s 29 s 38 s Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Outspoken

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  • Russia: Detention of Pussy Riot members extended again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Detention of Pussy Riot members extended again On 20 June 2012, a Tagansky district court ruled to keep the three detained band members of Pussy Riot in prison until 24 July 2012 while the police probe continues. Since February 2012, three band members of the all-female punk rock band from Moscow have been […]
  • Freemuse i ledende rolle for globalt netv

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  • Freemuse Award 2013

    NEWS 06 February 2013 Freemuse Award winner 2013: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali “The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, […]
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  • Haiti: President accused of censoring three carnival bands

    NEWS 18 February 2013 Haiti: President accused of censoring three carnival bands Lead singers behind some of Haiti’s most controversial carnival tunes this year say they are being shut out of the annual three-day pre-Lenten carnival because the President considers their songs too critical of the government. The Haitian bands claim that Haiti’s charismatic president, […]
  • Freemuse: The invisible work behind the scenes

    ARTICLES 01 June 2012 Freemuse:The invisible work behind the scenes It started as another day in the office at Freemuse – responding to e-mails, answering phone calls, talking to media, reporting to donors. Then, within hours, we received terrifying pictures of rappers in Angola and Sierra Leone, who had been seriously beaten… We also learned […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya […]
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  • United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans The British football club Tottenham Hotspur has vowed to ban fans guilty of offensive or abusive chanting. The Scottish government is currently considering a law about it. A football match between English Premier League and London arch-enemies Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur saw a minority […]
  • Cinemateket: SPEAK UP! Film om censur og ytringsfrihed

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## København, Danmark: SPEAK UP! Film om censur og ytringsfrihed Den 9.-11. december danner København ramme for Artsfex, et globalt netværksmøde om kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed, arrangeret af Freemuse og Dansk PEN. Repræsentanter for mere end 1.200 internationale organisationer forventes at deltage, og øverst på dagsordenen står diskussioner om, hvor og hvordan kunstens stemmer bliver stækket […]
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  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again On 29 March 2012, the 24-year-old rapper Mouad Belghouat, known as Lhaqed or El Haked, was arrested again because of one of his songs. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, wrote:“El Haked’s arrest for the content of his songs for the second time is unacceptable […]
  • Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists A group of Bahraini artists and intellectuals have published a letter to UNESCO Artist for Peace Missa Johnouchi from Japan, who performed in Bahrain at the 20th Bahrain International Music Festival on 15 October 2011. This is the letter which was sent: 8 October 2011 […]
  • News 2012

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  • Russia: Punk band arrested after protesting against Putin

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Punk band arrested after protesting against Putin Shortly before the presidential elections in Russia, authorities put an end to punk band Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin protest concerts, held illegally in public places, by arresting six members of the band, reported the newspaper The Moscow Times. You do not really need to be able to […]
  • Lavon Volski

    LAVON VOLSKI(Belarus) 04 July 2012 Freemuse interview with musician Lavon Volski, guitarist and vocalist of the group Krambambulya Interview by Ingo Petz. Filmed and edited by Matvei Saburov The Belarusian singer and musician Lavon Volski gave an exclusive interview to Freemuse about the current repressions of the Belarusian regime against the independent music scene in the country which since […]
  • Pakistan: Broad instability spelled an end to art in Swat Valley

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Broad instability spelled an end to art in Swat Valley In-depth article about the development for artists in Swat Valley since 2007, written by Shaheen Buneri, a journalist working for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Mashaal Radio in Prague, Czech Republic. Three excerpts: The changes began in July 2007 when Maulana Fazlullah, […]
  • Pakistan: Under the censorship radar, anti-establishment songs flourish

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Under the censorship radar, anti-establishment songs flourish Using humour and satire, song writers increasingly enjoy a new sense of openness and freedom of speech in Pakistan nowadays, reported Times of India on 1 November 2011: “In a country racked by terrorist violence and extreme disillusionment with the state, humour and satire not only […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally set free

    NEWS 12 January 2012 Morocco: El Haked is finally set free After spending more than four months in jail, rapper Mouad El Haked is finally a free man. He received a conditional release until his case is to be continued in the court. The 24-year old rapper is one of the monarchy’s most audacious critics […]
  • South Africa in 1989: CD album banned for offending Christians

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## South Arica:CD album banned for offending Christians Because of its title, the album ‘Bigger than Jesus’ by Kalahari Surfers was banned in 1989 for blasphemy and for the offending of Christians. The music was later re-released with a new album title, ‘Beach Bomb’. By Michael Drewett The Kalahari Surfers were a South African […]
  • United Kingdom: Four musicians suspended over Israel-Palestine row

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Four musicians suspended over Israel-Palestine row In September 2011, four members of the London Philarmonic Orchestra were suspended for nine months after calling to cancel a concert with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra. Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were suspended until June 2012 because the […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates Freedom to Create Prize winner

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize winner Win Maw A specially recorded congratulatory message for Win Maw from Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, that was shared with the audience at the 2011 Freedom to Create […]
  • Jason Carter: Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection

    NEWS 28 February 2012 North Korea:Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection YouTube.com Jason Carter, the British guitarist who recorded the song ‘Navai’ with Marjan Vahdat for the initial Music Freedom Day in 2007, has produced this personal video documentary about a trip he made in North Korea in 2007. It contains […]
  • Freemuse statistical report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2011

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Annual Statistics: Freedom of musical expression violations in 2011 Freemuse has compiled statistics to present an overview of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2011. This is a geographical presentation of musicians who were: – killed– injured, tortured or physically attacked– imprisoned- arrested or on trial– threatened– and concerts that were stopped. […]
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse og International Pen: Skal vi beskytte kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed? Over hele verden censureres kunstnere, men det er kun Freemuse og International Pen, som systematisk dokumenterer overgreb p PUBLIC PROGRAMME, FRIDAY 9 NOV 2011 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kgs. Nytorv 1 15:00 VIDEO Tiken Jah Fakoly in exile 15:08 INTRODUCTION • […]
  • Somalia – Music Freedom Report: Music too powerful to ban

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Video reportage from Somalia and Kenya: Music too powerful to ban This 11-minute documentary was made as a report on Somalia for Freemuse’s annual Music Freedom Day, as well as for The Humanitarian Bazaar Music Project. Directed by Daniel J. Gerstle • Music Freedom Report no. 7: Somalia The Humanitarian […]
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    VIDEO CLIPS Artists on censorship  – exclusive video interviews: see and hear artists’ views about and experiences with music and censorship
  • Syria: Ibrahim Kashoush – Silencing the singer

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Article in Al Jadid:Silencing the singer An article by the editor of the Los Angeles-based Al Jadid magazine, Elie Chalala, who has compiled exerpts of Arab writers revealing aspects of the late singer Ibrahim Kashoush’s life. “A day after he had sang in protest in the square of his hometown, Ibrahim Kashoush was […]
  • Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence The rap duo Prayaz from Holmlia in the Norwegian capital Oslo sing about violence against women, and they are themselves threatened with violence because of that, reported the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK. “What really struck us was the message that we should remember what happened to […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released

    NEWS 13 January 2012 Burma / Myanmar:Win Maw released Win Maw, one of Burma’s most famous musicians, has been released. According to Democratic Voice of Burma, he was released at 13:40pm local time from Kyaukphyu prison in Arakan state. Freemuse has campaigned for his release for several years and last year he succeeded smuggling new […]
  • Pakistan: Artists camp reflect on aspects of intolerance and terrorism

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Artists camp reflect on aspects of intolerance and terrorism In Peshawar, Pakistan, on 7-27 May 2012, a two week camp for international artists aims to discuss and understand the phenomenon of terror. The camp is entitled ‘Face Off’. The camp and its workshops will include multidisciplinary artist from USA, United Kingdom, France, […]
  • Jamaica/Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate The arrest of dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, who is charged with murder, has sparked a debate over whether restrictions should be placed on of music with violent content. Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer), arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall artist, was arrested on […]
  • Iraq: Radio station closed for playing music “contrary to local morality”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq:Radio station closed for playing music “contrary to local morality” The radio station Al-Sada, the only independent broadcaster in the province of Al-Qadisiya, has come under severe pressure. On 26 October 2011, a provincial council decided to close the station on the grounds that its programmes contained music which was “contrary to local […]
  • Freemuse campaign: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 29 January 2013 Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison Less than two weeks after a group of international artists joined Freemuse in a campaign for the release of the Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given 91 days prison sentence, he was able to leave the prison. Allegedly, according to Freemuse’s sources, […]
  • Morocco: Un rappeur marocain privé de liberté

    NEWS 13 April 2012 Morocco: Un rappeur marocain privé de liberté Le rappeur marocain Mouad Belghouat, alias Lhaqed (“L’enragé”) a été arrêté le 29 mars, après une plainte de la Direction générale de la sûreté nationale. La police accuse le rappeur d’avoir posté une chanson sur internet avec des photos portant atteinte au corps de […]
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  • Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detention

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detentionMoroccan rapper El Haked is still kept in detention, waiting for the judge to set a date for his trial. Freemuse has previously reported about El Haked’s arrest in Casablanca on 9 September 2011. The rapper is accused of physically attacking and injuring somebody in a scuffle, but […]
  • Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion Four music shops were completely destroyed after an explosion in a market in the Takhtbhai district situated in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province, reported Pakistan Press Foundation via IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. 21 other businesses were partially damaged along with the four CD shops. The […]
  • Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police The sentencing of a rapper on 11 May 2012 to one year in prison for “insulting the police” shows the gap between the strong free-expression language in Morocco’s 2011 constitution and the continuing intolerance for those who criticize state institutions, Human Rights Watch […]
  • Pakistan: Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar Six people were killed and over 37 injured in a bomb explosion on Monday 19 September 2011 that targeted a music and video CD market in Peshawar, reported Pakistan Press Foundation and other news agencies. After a couple of years where the terrorists […]
  • Iran: Musicians are losing hope

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Musicians are losing hope While on tour in the US, members of the Iranian electronic rock band The Casualty Process spoke with Jamie Kim about being censored and suppressed by Iranian religious authorities, and expressed what their participation in the Impossible Music Sessions in New York had meant to them. In a question-and-answer […]
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    DARKO C(Myanmar / Burma) 13 January 2012 Censorship boundaries in Burma unclear and unpredictable As authorities in Burma are loosening censorship controls over media and the arts, musicians in Rangoon are excited by their newfound freedom. But they remain unsure of the new limits, reported Voice of America on 12 January 2012. “They have reduced […]
  • Kuwait: BBC reports how musicians in Kuwait struggle with censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait: BBC reports how musicians in Kuwait struggle with censorship Video report by Howard Johnson, BBC While the music industry in the Gulf is a lucrative one, government censors are proving a big barrier to commercial success for some artists. In February 2012, Virgin Megastore, the region’s biggest music retailer, closed its flagship […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011

    NEWS 25 October 2011 Freemuse: Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011 Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011. After eight […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm

    NEWS 21 November 2011 Sweden: 2011 Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm Award ceremony from SKAP. On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. “My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank […]
  • Lhaqed – المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب ال

    NEWS – أخبار 18 April 2012   المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب المعتقل إنفاذ قوانين قمع حرية التعبير على الرغم من دستور داعم للحقوق (الدار البيضاء، 18 أبريل/نيسان 2012) – قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش اليوم إنه ينبغي على السلطات المغربية إسقاط التهم والإفراج عن مغني الراب الذي أمضى ثلاثة أسابيع رهن الاعتقال الاحتياطي […]
  • Syria: 35 top artists reported to have left the country

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: 35 top artists reported to have left the country Within just three months, 35 artists from the first row of stars in Syria have decided to move to recidences outside of the country, reported SyrianRevolution.org on 24 October 2011. According to a press statement from the Syrian Association of Artists, this is […]
  • Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police Police in the Aceh province raided a punk concert, detaining 65 punk fans – shaving the young men’s heads and cutting the women’s hair, stripping away their body piercings and throwing them in pools of water for “spiritual cleansing”. After the bath and change of clothes, […]
  • Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests In the lead up to Senegal’s controversial presidential elections on 25 March 2012, musicians are at the forefront of a campaign to stop president Abdoulaye Wade from running for a third term. While outspoken and engaged musicians have suffered threats, attacks and arrests, an increasing number […]
  • China: Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location Fear for the safety of Tibetan singer Lo Lo who was arrested on 19 April 2012 and whose whereabouts and fate since then are unclear. According to the information received, the 29-year-old singer Lo Lo was arrested in Yushu region of eastern Tibet on 19 […]
  • US visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA: Visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts An American festival had to cancel two shows and two workshops by international artists due to visa problems and alleged embassy discrimination. Alleged embassy discrimination forced Somali born singer Aar Maanta and his band to cancel a concert performance, as […]
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    THE CASUALTY PROCESS
  • Pakistan: Punjab Assembly bans concerts in educational institutions

    NEWS 25 January 2012 Pakistan: Punjab Assembly bans concerts in educational institutions On 24 January 2012 the Punjab Assembly in Lahore passed a resolution that bans holding of ‘objectionable’ musical concerts in all public and private educational institutions of the province with 90 million people. This move came two weeks after three students were killed in […]
  • Brazil: Ban on songs that encourage violence against women and gays

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Brazil: Ban on songs that encourage violence against women and gays The Brazilian state Bahia has approved a law banning the use of public funds to pay for events where songs that offend women and gays are played. The state legislature of the north-eastern state of Bahia approved the law on 27 March […]
  • Tibet/China: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China/Tibet: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities The singer Hortsang Lhalung Tso was detained by the socalled Public Security Bureau in Tsoe-town of Sangchu county in the Amdho region of eastern Tibet, reported YC. Dhardhowa in The Tibet Post International. Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Drepung monastery based in South India, told […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize Burma’s famous musician and human rights activist Win Maw received the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in absentia. Launched in 2008, the Freedom to Create Prize is a celebration of the courage and creativity of artists, and the […]
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