• Argentina: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE Music censorship and restrictions in ArgentinaExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Mercedes Sosa Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated by the […]
  • U.S. Funding Effort to Preserve Afghan Music

    NEWS U.S. Funding Effort to Preserve Afghan MusicThe Freemuse report on music censorship in Afghanistan is believed to be one of the main sources behind a U.S. preservation grant.The grant, provided by the State Department’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, has launched a project to record the music of respected Afghan musicians now residing in […]
  • 2001

    Freemuse’s activities in 2001   Participation at Midem, Nice • www.freemuse.org launched • Presentation of forthcoming Afghanistan report at press meeting in Copenhagen, and launch of report book “The 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship” • Afghanistan report launched at press meeting in London in collaboration with International PEN Read more Freemuse seminar in […]
  • Afghanistan: The hills are alive

    NEWS The hills are aliveNo sooner had the Taliban left Kabul than the city resounded to the beat and keening melodies of Indian and Iranian songs, together with the long-hidden favourites of the Afghan popular canon. Music-kiosk merchants whipped out their bootlegged cassettes and pushed aside the only kind of music the Taliban allowed: unaccompanied male […]
  • A culture muted

    NEWS A culture mutedIn December 1998 an official notice was placed in a local newspaper in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. It reported that a “number of unlawful instruments and goods” had been collected and publicly burned. The inventory included televisions, cassette players and VCRs and thousands of tapes. The list also included […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan

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

    AFGHANISTAN REPORT LAUNCH – WELCOME SPEECHES##PageSearchDescription## 1 May 2001 The launch took place in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several BBC units, Associated Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others were present. Read more about the launch Read welcome speeches byMoris FarhiMarie Korpe Read the report Welcome speech by Mr. […]
  • Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London

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

    NEWS Ismail Türüt facing trialIsmail Türüt, Turkish folk singer, is accused of “praising an act which is considered a crime” in a song that he had prepared for performance during the election campaign of Sevki Yilmaz, an MP linked to the now banned Welfare Party. The offending phrase is “Hodja we are proud of your […]
  • Appeal from Intl. PEN: Kurdish performers banned

    NEWS Kurdish performers bannedAppeal from International PEN The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey. Despite various declarations of human rights and international legal protections, which recognise the centrality of language in ethnic and cultural identity, the […]
  • Turkey: One more judicial inquiry against singer Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS 19 January 2007 Turkey:One more judicial inquiry against Ferhat Tunç Yet another “judicial inquiry” has been opened against Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç because of what he said at a concert organised by a political party on 22 July 2006 in Alanya By Ofis It is claimed that at the concert Ferhat Tunç declared: “If […]
  • Kurdish songs banned

    NEWS Kurdish songs bannedKoma Gula Xerzan music group’s series of songs in Kurdish: In mid-December 2000 police raided an event organised by the Malatya Youth Branch of the People’s Democracy Party (HADEP), pulling plugs out of microphones. When attendees protested, the Malatya Security Director entered the hall and informed them that no Kurdish songs were […]
  • Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation

    SPEECHES 01 January 2001 Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation Speech by Mr. Hans Skaarup, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Imagine a young person in a music quiz in the radio or on TV. The question is: “Has the German composer Mendelssohn ever been prohibited in The Danish National Radio?”. […]
  • Argentina: Culture and the development of a lasting freedom

    SPEECHES Argentina:Can culture and art play a part in the development of a lasting freedom or not? Speech by Mr. Miguel Angel Estrella, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Many artists and intellectuals throughout all times, believing that culture and art were a privileged way of transmitting aesthetic beauty, have asked themselves how […]
  • Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music

    SPEECHES Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music Speech by Mr. Naim Majrouh, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998   Ladies and Gentlemen! In the last 20 years due to war, political and social instability, disorder and lawlessness many aspects of our culture have been devastated. Museums have been looted, libraries have been […]
  • Croatia: Music and Censorship in ex-Yugoslavia

    SPEECHES Croatia:Music and Censorship in ex-Yugoslavia – Some views from Croatia Speech by Mr. Svanibor Pettan, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Peoples who dominated the first Southern Slav state from 1918 to World War II (Serbs, Croats, Slovenes) or became fully recognized in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Montenegrins, Macedonians, ethnic […]
  • 1970s

    LATIN AMERICA, CARRIBEAN 1970 – 1979 1970’s. Brazil. Os MutantesThe Brazilian tropicalia band Os Mutantes are censored and monitored by the Brazilian government for stirring up the country’s youth. (The band hasn’t performed together since 1973 but reunited at a show in London at the end of May 2006, and then toured in New York, […]
  • 1900-1949

    EUROPE, RUSSIA     1900 – 1949 1924. Turkey. Kurdish music and Whirling DervishesDespite the 1924 constitution’s claim that “in Turkey, from the point of view of citizenship, everyone is a Turk without regard to race or religion”, an official decree in March 1924 banned all Kurdish folklore and gramophone recordings of Kurdish music were destroyed. Turkey […]
  • Algeria: Cheb Hasni – popular rai hero assassinated

  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

    ARTICLE Britain at War“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re not going […]
  • Miguel Angel Estrella

    MIGUEL ANGEL ESTRELLAMusician (Argentina) “My torturers were in the habit of telling me: ‘We know that you are not a member of the guerrilla but you are worst, because with your piano, your ‘charisma’, you can put the “negrada” working class into your pocket. Over here, we are the Gods and we are wagging an […]
  • 1997-2000

    Freemuse’s actitivies in 1997 to 2000 1997 Research and preparation of world conference Co-editing of “Smashed Hits”, Index on Censorship 1998 The 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship Read more 1999 Fundraising Preparation of Charter Freemuse founded (October 1999) 2000 Participation at Roskilde Festival, Denmark Secretariat established in Copenhagen, Denmark Participation at Womex, Berlin […]
  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇ The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His songs in Kurdish language have been censored in Turkey, and he has been taken to court numerous times, which is documented in the more than 65 news stories and interviews listed below: Turkey: Ferhat Tunç’s prison sentence […]

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