• Secretariat

    Freemuse secretariat Ole Reitov Executive Director Co-editor of the book ‘Smashed Hits – the Book of Banned Music’. Took the initiative to the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship which was held in 1998. Has lectured world-wide on music censorship, cultural policies and cultural diversity. Has worked as media and music consultant in Mali, […]
  • 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 […]
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  • 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

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  • Mali: Rose Skelton reports from Bamako: Can musical Mali play on?

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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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, […]
  • Pussy Riot

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 […]
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  • 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 […]
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    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 […]
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  • 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 […]
  • Libya: Musicians for the first time on national radio

    RADIO REPORT 11 October 2011 Libya: Musicians for the first time on national radio Three weeks earlier, guitarist Fuad Ramadan could have been arrested for performing most of his songs in public. Now he is for the first time invited to perform live on national radio, reported the American public service radio NPR Musicians and other […]
  • Ramy Essam

    RAMY ESSAM(Egypt) 24 November 2011 Ramy Essam comments on music censorship in Egypt. This interview with Ramy Essam was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 November 2011. 18 days at the Tahrir Square in February 2011 catapulted singer and guitarist Ramy Essam to fame. All of a sudden, he was on CCN, BBC, […]
  • Venezulea: Reggae singer Onechot shot in the head

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Venezulea: Reggae singer Onechot shot in the head On the night of 27 February 2012, on returning to pick up some of his recorded material, the reggae singer Onechot (real name: Juan David Chacón) was attacked by a group of criminals who shot him, wounding him in the head, reported Global Voices. The […]
  • Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled In March 2012, the 35-year-old Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was stopped from performing in Sweden, second time around in the same month, because of his infamous homophobic lyrics. Sizzla was scheduled to perform in Slakthuset in Stockholm on 28 March 2012, but few hours […]
  • Spain: Sixth festival against censorship in northern Spain

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spain: Sixth festival against censorship in northern Spain Tuareg musicians, exiled Sierra Leonean musicians, a Malaysian cartoonist, a Cuban blogger, a Zimbabwean visual artists, and many more, are heading for Bilbao in Spain in the second week of November 2011 to attend the annual Festival against Censorship, ‘Zentsura At!’       Front […]
  • Mauritania: Rap artist injured by grenade

    NEWS 16 December 2011 Mauritania: Rap artist injured by grenade The newspaper Alakbar reports that rap artist Abou Fall, aka Abou Ngabou, was injured by a grenade during a protest march organized by the organization “Touche Pas A Ma Nationalité”. The grenade was thrown by the police when they tried to disperse the crowd. The […]
  • Zimbabwe: Platform for free artistic expression awarded

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Platform for free artistic expression awarded In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, the Book Café reopened on 8 March 2012 after having been shut down in November 2011. It was forced to relocate to a different venue. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gave an insightful speech centering on censorship of music and arts – and about […]
  • Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher

    NEWS 03 October 2011 Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher When the Norwegian band Honningbarna wanted to release their debut album in Germany they were told by their publisher to leave the song ‘Free Palestine’ out. German fans of Honningbarna will have one song less than the Norwegian fans when the album ‘La alarmane […]
  • Tibet/China: How singers sidestep an oppressive law

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: How singers sidestep an oppressive law In a review of a concert by three Tibetan musicians performing in London, Samuel Ivor describes how hidden messages are conveyed in the Tibetan folk music: “In Tibet, due to the rule of Chinese law which bans the use of naming His Holiness the […]
  • Tunisia: The rapper Volcanis arrested on drug charges

    NEWS 30 January 2012 Tunisia:The rapper Volcanis arrested on drug charges On 25 January 2012, four-six security agents handcuffed and arrested the Tunisian rapper Vôlcànis, allegedly after having asked him if he was the composer of the song ‘Matbadal Sheia’ (‘Nothing Has Changed’). On youtube.com, ‘Elwazirlibre’ wrote on 26 January 2012 that the police ransacked […]
  • 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 […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty The popular satirist Zarganar is among dozens of political prisoners who have been released on 12 October 2011 as part of a wider amnesty. There is still no news about the musician Win Maw, who is sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment. Around 70 […]
  • Belarus: Concerts cancelled with short notice

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Concerts cancelled with short notice A concert with Zmicier Vajcjushkevych (also spelled: Vaitsyushkevich) at the café Mistral in Minsk was cancelled just three hours before it was supposed to have started in the evening of 22 November 2011. The music portal Tuzina Hits quoted the singer as saying: “Again it was a call […]
  • Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel In July 2011, a successful Mexican musician residing in Germany was abducted by gunmen while on holiday in northern Mexico. 36-year-old Rodolfo Cazares is a Mexican pianist and symphony conductor, leader of the Bremerhaven city orchestra in Germany. While visiting his parents in northern Mexico, Rodolfo Cazares […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs Freemuse has received information that Iranian authorities started new prosecution against the popular 28-year-old Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was recently released after his second term in prison. The singer has allegedly received information that he has been given a one-year prison sentence. Security […]
  • Belarus: Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president Singer Sergej Michalok is reportedly going to be sued by a Belarusian prosecutor for his remarks against president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, wrote Ingo Petz in an article for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 31 October 2011. In mid-October a Minsk prosecutor announced that […]
  • Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper Several web sites has published a call for immediate release of rapper & pro-democracy activist Mouad « L7a9d » Belghouate: “December 20, 2011 On September the 9th, 2011 Mouad Belghouate, 24, aka « L7a9d », rap artist, was arrested on charges of assault and battery on […]
  • Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, which lies on the U.S. border, has banned the popular group Los Tigres del Norte from performing in the city after the band sang ballads glorifying drug traffickers during their concerts. “The musical group will not […]
  • Cuba: Singer Pablo Milan

    NEWS 03 October 2011 Cuba: Singer allegedly banned from public broadcasting Songs of the famous Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés have been banned on Cubas nationwide network of radio stations from 26 September 2011, reported Café Fuerte. Pablo Milanes has been a symbol of Cuban revolutionary culture for decades, but he now seems to have ended […]
  • Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians At a two day workshop held in Islamabad 12-13 November a Pakistani network was set up in support of musicians and composers at risk. During the past years several artists have been abducted, killed and persecuted in Pakistan. Hundreds of CD shops have been bombed, […]
  • Kuwait: Music distributor pulls out of Kuwait because of censorship

    NEWS 20 February 2012 Kuwait:Music distributor pulls out of Kuwait because of censorship Music Master, a leading Dubai-based music distributor, has stopped its Kuwait operations because state censorship of albums and artwork makes it impossible to operate, reported Arabian Business on 31 January 2011. Albums by mainstream artists such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga have […]
  • Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran, a singer with the Mexican band Los Ciclones del Arroyo, was kidnapped and tortured after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party, police said according to several news media. 41-year-old Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran was abducted from […]
  • Egypt: Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt:Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring His songs were inspired by the experiences he had in the eye of the revolutionary hurricane on Tahrir Square. The events gave Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, and the Western media have proclaimed him to be […]
  • Press release: Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## ##PageSearchDescription## Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians A call for safe cities from SKAP. “Make Sweden a safe haven for persecuted musicians and composers,” says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians, urging them to allow the Swedish cities to receive […]
  • West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict Video from West Papua – a supplement to Clara Moksha’s Music Freedom Report which was published on 3 March 2012. Video by Clara Moksha  Music Freedom Report no. 4: West Papua Can freedom be sung? – Part 1 Music […]
  • Russia: Detention of Pussy Riot members extended to three months

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Detention of Pussy Riot members extended to three months Following the punk group Pussy Riot’s protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on 21 February 2012, Russian authorities arrested three women who are held in detention until their case comes before court on 24 June. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested on […]
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  • Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire Senegal, celebrated for being a bastion of peace and stability in a troubled region, is preparing for presidential elections in which 86 year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade hopes to win a third term in office. The opposition say that Wade’s bid for re-election is unconstitutional and […]
  • Pakistan: We want to defeat terrorism through music, says culture minister

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: We want to defeat terrorism through music, says culture minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Khyber Pakthunkhwa’s culture minister, told Inter Press Service in an interview that his government wants to reverse the policies of the former MMA government which banned musical concerts. “We want to defeat terrorism through music and art,” the minister […]
  • Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested Julito and El Primario, two hip-hop musicians who have popularized songs defiantly against the Cuban government and who started a label called Sin Censura Records (Without Censorship Records), were arrested at an anti-government protest. 21-year-old Julito (real name: Julio León Fonseca), and 22-year-old El Primario (real name: Rodolfo […]
  • Iraq: Bomb explosion at a music store kills 32

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Bomb explosion at a music store kills 32 Two bomb attacks at a music store in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad killed 32 people on 27 October 2011. The two blasts, which took place at a music store in the evening on 27 October 2011, killed 32 people and wounded 71 others, […]
  • Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro” One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de […]
  • Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre “The blast happened as musicians were singing and spectators were clapping for them. Huge smoke made the whole scene go dark. People screamed and soldiers suddenly started opening fire at the gate. Some wounded people escaped and ran away,” Salah Jimale told The […]
  • Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show Tibetans in Nepal are facing increased restrictions on cultural performances. Recently a programme by a Kathmandu-based group was broken up by the Nepalese police. By Hanne Pedersen, writing from Kathmandu On 29 September 2011, the Nepal Tibetan Lhamo Association (NTLA) was going to perform a programme of […]
  • Iraq: Musician shot dead in 2007, remembered on Day to End Impunity

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Musician shot dead in 2007, remembered on Day to End Impunity Each day from 1 until 23 November 2011, IFEX highlighted a story of a journalist, writer, musician, artist or free expression advocate who was killed on that day, and whose murderers have gone free. One of them was the Iraqi musician […]
  • Musikkens frihedsdag stiller skarpt p

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Pressemeddelelse udsendt til 149 danske journalister og mediehuse Fra Brooklyn til N I Cairo medvirker blandt andre Ramy Essam, kendt som opr Klik p        Plakat for Hibrido’s Music Freedom Day aktiviteterne i Italien i marts 2012 Media coverage 201289.3KPCC – 2 March 2012:‘Listen to the banned: Music Freedom Day to […]
  • Call for establishing Scandinavian safe havens for persecuted musicians

    NEWS 23 April 2012 Denmark, Norway, Sweden:Call for establishing Scandinavian safe havens for persecuted musicians “Make Sweden a safe haven for endangered music makers,” suggests SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, urging the Swedish government and regional and local politicians to allow the Swedish cities to receive threatened composers and musicians. PRESS RELEASE TO SWEDISH […]
  • Comrade Fatso

    COMRADE FATSO(Zimbabwe) 03 November 2011 Musician Comrade Fatso comments on music censorship in Zimbabwe. This interview with Comrade Fatso was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27 October 2011. Comrade Fatso is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. His band is called Chabvondoka, and their music is called Toyi […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again On 8 November 2011 singer Arya Aramnejad was arrested when his home was raided by intelligence agents. According to news agencies and bloggers, Arya Aramnejad was beaten by the agents, handcuffed and then taken to an unknown location. The violent arrest of singer and composer Arya Aramnejad took […]
  • Tunisia: Culture minister defends artistic freedom

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia:Culture minister defends artistic freedom “There will be no restrictions on creative freedom. It is not possible as long as I am a minister of culture,” said Mehdi Mabrouk, Tunisia’s culture minister, after he had been under fire for saying he would exclude sexy Lebanese pop stars from an annual music festival. Mehdi […]
  • United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope Stone Flowers, a British song-writing and performing project with 21 refugees who are also torture survivors – and both amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists – launched their debut album on 25 September 2011. The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Lebanese and […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer A concert event is held on 26 November in Thailand for the Burmese singer and human rights activist Win Maw, imprisoned in Burma since 2008, and now shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Win Maw is now shortlisted […]
  • FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til den kendte sanger Lapiro de Mbanga, der skrev en ops L Artikler p Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki […]
  • 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 […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse press release: 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 […]
  • Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Austin Dacey, USA:Expanding the boundaries Amplifying music in the face of censorshipA presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 November 2011 in Stockholm. SourceSee more videos from the conference:right11.se/videos Related reading on freemuse.org Statement by Freemuse Executive Committee […]
  • The Liberty For Arts Award 2012 goes to Freemuse Director Marie Korpe

    NEWS 07 March 2012 Good news in Freemuse’s own world:The Liberty For Arts Award 2012 goes to Freemuse Director Marie Korpe “With this price we express our deepest gratefulness to Mrs Marie Korpe for her philanthropic dedication to the threatened musicians and composers all over the world and therefore we fully want to share with […]
  • Lebanon: Protest against increased censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: Protest against increased censorship In light of the notable increase in censorship in Lebanon over the last year, a number of musicians, performers, filmmakers and comedians decided to put on a show at Metro al-Madina in Beirut on 15 March 2012, entitled ‘I am Free’. The event brought together popular artists such […]
  • Freemuse Awards

    FREEMUSE AWARDS The Freemuse Award Freemuse Award 2016 Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. 25 April 2016    Freemuse Award 2014 Freemuse Award Winner 2014 is City of Harstad in Norway. In 2013, Harstad declared itself as the world’s first ‘Safe city for musicians’. Harstad […]
  • El G

    EL GÉNÉRAL(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician and rapper El Général comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with El Général was recorded by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2011. Hamada Ben-Amor – known by his fans as ‘El Général’ (‘The General’) – was arrested in January 2011 after posting a song on the Internet entitled […]

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