• Zimbabwe: South African group banned because of music video

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: South African group banned because of music video The South African band Freshlyground has been banned from performing in Zimbabwe after releasing the music video ‘Chicken to Change’ which mocks the country’s President Robert Mugabe. The group was scheduled for a concert in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, but the immigration authorities revoked […]
  • Denmark: Meeting about global network for artistic freedom of expression

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Meeting in December about global network for artistic freedom of expression Artistic freedom must be protected. In collaboration with Danish Pen, Freemuse is in the process of inviting key international artists’ organisations to Copenhagen with the aim of creating a global network for the protection of artistic freedom of expression. “We are […]
  • Iran: New music censorship law

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:New music censorship law Mohammad Mirzamani, the General Director of the Music Office in the Ministry of Culture in Tehran, told that a new music censorship law is being prepared by the ministry concerning how to receive permission for performing a concert or publishing a music album. According to the new censorship law, […]
  • Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech?

    COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech? In this commentary, composer and acting chairman of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, Alfons Karabuda, writes about artistic creators and freedom of expression. The commentary was published in Swedish in his blog on Kultururskaparna.com on 23 November 2010. “I shall close my […]
  • Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd Music Freedom Day was celebrated in a carnival mood in Harare on 3 March 2011 at the Book Café. Over a hundred music hungry punters attended the event organised by leading arts organisations Magamba the Cultural Activist Network and Pamberi Trust. It kicked off […]
  • Press release: SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## ##PageSearchDescription## SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship The surroundings are splendid when SKAP – the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers – celebrates its 85th anniversary on Monday 16 May and in addition to presenting annual grants will give a special prize to Freemuse. Stockholm City Hall’s Blue […]
  • Matoub Loun

    Matoub Lounès: Procès et contradictions Saïd Khatibi Le tribunal criminel de Tizi Ouzou (à 100 Km à l’est d’Alger) a enfin condamné les deux auteurs présumés de l’assassinat du chanteur algérien engagé Matoub Lounès à 12 ans de réclusion criminelle couverte par leur détention préventive. Ayant déjà purgé prés de la totalité de la peine, […]
  • Syria: Campaign for singer who has been arrested by security agents

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Campaign for singer arrested by security agents Members of the Syrian security authorities have arrested the Kurdish singer Bavê Selah in his appartment in Aleppo on 24 January 2011, reported Kurdwatch. Amnesty International has started a campaign for his release. The reason for the arrest and Bavê Selah’s current whereabouts remain unknown. […]
  • Senegal: Group of rappers arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Group of rappers arrested The rap group Keur Gui from Kaolack was arrested for organising a “protest road show”. They were released four hours later. “I think that, sadly, this kind of intimidation is pretty standard,” said Freemuse correspondent Rose Skelton, explaining that arrests in Senegal have become standard procedure to anyone who […]
  • Russia: Rock critic faces prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Rock critic faces prison The Russian rock critic and cultural commentator Art Troitsky (Artemy Troitsky) is in court facing four lawsuits, including a two-year prison sentence for “criminal slander”, for being too outspoken for modern Kremlin sensibilities. “Having four lawsuits against me and being forced to go to court twice every week […]
  • China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites On 29 May 2011, one day before a planned large-scale Mongolian demonstration in Hohhot, the regional capital of Southern Mongolia, a rap song was banned and removed from all Chinese Internet sites immediately after it was posted, reported The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information […]
  • Generation Wave

    GENERATION WAVE(Burma / Myanmar) ##PagePublishedLong## Generation Wave speak about freedom of expression in Burma Freemuse interview with four members of Generation Wave — a group which is part of an underground political network both inside and outside Burma. 21 members of the group are presently held as political prisoners in Burma. Generation Wave use hip-hop […]
  • Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day “Buying artists to advance some political party’s cause may not be censorship, but more often than not, it will lead to self-censorship, which equally places us on the slippery slope,”writes Mike van Graan, Secretary General of Arterial Network, in his Music Freedom […]
  • Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## The Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt Hip-hop plays a central role in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. Rap songs create an important platform for communication creating moral support and encouraging a spirit of resistance and revolt against the regime.  A new music anthology, ‘Khala’s […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro back in court Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes In order to weed out vulgar jokes about government officials and ministries, all Burmese traditional dance troupes who wish to make a video of a performance are required to perform a full-dress rehearsal in front of censorship board officials three days prior to a […]
  • Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists A group of religious extremists threatened Asad Qazilbash, a renowned sarood player in Islamabad, to stop giving lessons and remove the signboard for his music school. Asad Qazilbash was shell-shocked when he learned that his 12-year-old son, while playing in the street with his friends, […]
  • Zimbabwe: Journalists and musicians discussed freedom of expression issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Journalists and musicians discussed freedom of expression issues Zimbabwean arts journalists and musicians met on 10 March 2011 in Harare at the Book Café to explore and understand issues related to music freedom and its impact in Zimbabwe. Text and photos by Maxwell Sibanda The discussion forum was entitled ‘Music Freedom in […]
  • Hip-hop er soundtrack til ungdomopr

    ARTIKEL ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-hop er soundtrack til ungdomopr Hip-hop spiller en central rolle i opr Andre artikler om samme emneRitzau TV – 26 April 2011:‘Opr  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song State-controlled Belarusian Radio is reported to have banned a 25-year-old song titled ‘Peremen’ (‘Change’) by the rebellious Soviet rock musician Viktor Tsoi after the song has been adopted as a kind of revolutionary anthem by the growing youth protest movement. The lyrics of the song […]
  • UK: Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers A campaign to remove short-term visiting artists from unnecessary visa bureaucracy nears a policy breakthrough, according to its campaigners – Manifesto Club, English PEN and the Earl of Clancarty. The proposal was outlined in a letter which was published in the […]
  • Canada: Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast ‘Money for Nothing’, a song by the rock band Dire Straits, was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears after a lone woman in Newfoundland complained about the word faggot in the lyrics. 25 years after the song ‘Money for Nothing’ first took off on the […]
  • Pakistan: Terror campaign by religious militants against Sufi worshippers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Terror campaign by religious militants against Sufi worshippers In the sixteenth attack on Sufi shrines in two years, Taliban suicide bombers killed 49 and injured 93 Sufi devotees at a shrine where they were celebrating the anniversary of its founder’s death with music and meditation. Sufi Muslim devotees are condemned as ‘un-Islamic’ […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison The Burmese rapper Zayar Thaw is ‘hot news’ after he was released from prison. Two exiled Burmese news agencies have published interviews with him, republished below with their kind permission. Irrawaddy reporter Ko Htwe spoke to Zayar Thaw shortly after his release […]
  • Egypt: BBC radio interview with singer Ramy Essam

    RADIO PROGRAMMES 10 August 2011 Egypt: Radio interview with singer Ramy Essam Listen to BBC’s interview with Ramy Essam, the Egyptian singer-songwriter who became famous for turning protesters chants into catchy songs The 24-year-old singer Ramy Essam was one of the first to stand up on stage on Tahrir Square in January 2011 and directly […]
  • Iran: Iranian authorities inspired by the Nazis?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Iranian authorities inspired by the Nazis? ‘Degenerate music’ (Entartete) was a term used by the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s to describe certain forms of music. The same term is increasingly being adapted by Iranian authorities. According to Tehran-Emrouz, an Iranian daily newspaper, Tehran’s chief of police Hossein Sajedi-Nia has revealed […]
  • Zimbabwe: 2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day Close to 2,000 music composers in Zimbabwe have resolved to protest non-payment of royalties by ordering the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, to stop playing music for six hours on this year’s Music Freedom Day By Maxwell Sibanda – reporting for Freemuse from […]
  • Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten In February, a young Sudanese hip-hop artist, Ahmad, who asked to be identified only by his first name for security reasons, was detained for 12 days that included beatings by police, reported Alan Boswell for the American McClatchy Newspapers He was arrested for […]
  • Anis Dridi

    ANIS DRIDI(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Anis Dridi comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with Anis Dridi was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Originally trained as a religious singer, Anis Dridi has since moved on to more unconventional genres such as Arab-African fusion, rap and hip hop. […]
  • UK: Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest Out of “fear it may cause trouble”, traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade, reported Yorkshire Evening Post on 19 August 2011. A carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have […]
  • Honduras: Musicians persecuted with death threats and concert closure

    NEWS 10 December 2010 Honduras: Musicians persecuted with death threats and concert closure A midday concert of the band Café Guancasco in downtown San Pedro Sula on 15 September 2010 was attacked by the police and military. The Real News producer Jesse Freeston spoke to Pavel Núñez, lead singer and guitarist for the band. Video […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court On Thursday 17 March 2011, just three weeks before the musician’s planned release from prison, Lapiro’s case was called to the Cameroon Supreme Court for what appeared to be superflous technicalities. Lapiro wtih his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court in Yaounde By Jen […]
  • USA/Cuba: Impossible Music Session 4 – Not appearing: Escuadr

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Cuba:‘Impossible Music Session’ no 4 – Not appearing: Escuadrón Patriota Friday 10 June 2011 at 8:00 PM in Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn, New York, USA In Cuba, hip-hop artists who uphold “revolutionary” doctrine are supported by the government’s Rap Agency. Those who don’t are barred from state-controlled media and subject to […]
  • Palestine: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas During their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum in northern West Bank, the street orchestra Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht (The First Night of Love Brass Band) from the Netherlands was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army, reported Palestine News Network on […]
  • Libya: Imprisoned Berber musician on hunger strike

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Libya: Imprisoned berber musician on hunger strike Abdullah Ashini, a popular Amazigh singer in Libya, is reported to have started an indifinite hunger strike in his prison cell. In December 2010, he was convicted and given a five-year prison sentence on charges for ‘illegal migration’. The popular Berber singer from the village of […]
  • China: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / USA: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship The 69-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan, famous for his songs against injustice and for civil rights, agreed to perform in China only with a heavily censored list of songs — which caused an uproar in his home country. On 6 April 2011, Bob […]
  • Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio The American superstar, singer and songwriter Lady Gaga — topping the music charts in 21 countries, presently UK’s most played artist in the radio — has stirred religious controversy for being ‘offensive to Christianity’. The song ‘Judas’ from Lady Gaga’s top-selling new album ‘Born This […]
  • Mongolia

    MONGOLIA
  • USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

    NEWS 11 November 2010 USA:Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse: Local ownership to the event develops great diversity of innovative events Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returned to Kabul, music was smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to […]
  • Pınar Sağ

    PINAR SAG
  • Mehdi R2M

    MEHDI R2M(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Mehdi R2M comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with Mehdi R2M was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Deriving from a family of music lovers, Mehdi R2M brings together the best of rap, RnB and Ragga. He is now an established name in […]
  • Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution “The sun is not going to stay behind the clouds forever,” said Kaveh, a musician in Vancouver, Canada, who is the son of an Iranian guitar hero of the 1970’s, Kourosh, in an interview with Los Angeles Times. In her article about music in […]
  • Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship The music died in Somalia when, on 14 April 2010, radio stations in the country’s capital Mogadishu were ordered to cease playing all music. In a nation under a government that has already banned wearing bras, musical ringtones and in some areas made […]
  • Pakistan: Anti-music militancy increases in the north-western mountain region

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Anti-music militancy increases in north-western mountain area Militants groups are targeting music, films and everything else they see as obscene, and the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously known as the North-West Frontier Province) is deteriorating, reported Hanan Habibzai from Peshawar on 11 March 2011. Music shops in Peshawar are struggling to stay […]
  • Syria: 29-year-old musician arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria:29-year-old musician arrested Musician and composer Wael Adham Alkak, 29, is reported to have been arrested by Syrian authorities on 10 May 2011 at 9 PM at the Syrian-Lebanese border. He has since then been held incommunicado at an unknown location. According to Freemuse’s source, Wael Adham Alkak was arrested by the Syrian Secret Intelligence […]
  • UK / Scotland: Offensive football songs criminalised

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Scotland, United Kingdom: Offensive football songs criminalised ‘Sectarian’ chanting in football will be banned in Scotland, and football fans could be imprisoned for up to six years for singing offensive songs, if the socalled ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill’ is passed in the Scottish Parliament. In June 2011, the Scottish Parliament published proposals […]
  • Libya

    LIBYA
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to […]
  • Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe Authorities in Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at the United Islands music festival in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on 25 June 2011 It would have been their first concert performance in Europe. But although the Czech organisers as […]
  • Algeria: Tunesian singer expelled and banned by Algerian authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Algeria: Tunesian singer expelled and banned by Algerian authorities “After the two concerts in Algiers and Bejaia, the Algerian authorities have expelled me and banned me from reentering Algerian territory,” wrote the singer Bendir Man on his Facebook profile on 14 August 2011. Bendir Man performed two concerts in a row in Algeria […]
  • Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech

    NEWS 17 November 2010 Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech for musicians When the daily music programme ‘Mitt I musiken’ on Swedish national radio interviewed several representatives of musicians’ associations and asked them about their lack of interest in freedom of speech issues, the message was clear: “It is about time that […]
  • Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published Belarusian, Russian and British bands, among them NRM, Neuro Dubel, and the pop-duo Pet Shop Boys, and many other artists, have been put on a “blacklist” of artists banned in Belarus state media, according to bloggers who published a scanning of the list. A list […]
  • China: Rock musician arrested in airport

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Rock musician arrested in airport The Chinese rock musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou was detained for over 12 hours by police in Shanghai’s airport, a Hong Kong-based rights group said on 28 April 2011. Zuoxiao Zuzhou (real name: Wu Hongjin) had publicly expressed his support for the detained artist and rights campaigner Ai Weiwei […]
  • Danmarks kulturminister: Kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed skal beskyttes

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark: Kulturminister: Kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed skal beskyttes Kulturminister Per Stig M MedieomtalePolitiken – 29. juni 2011:‘Nyt initiativ s Artikler p
  • USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics A 1,000-student college in Indiana State has banned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at all sporting events because the school’s president considers the US national anthem’s lyrics to be too violent and glorifying war. On 26 August 2011 NBC Sports reported that Tiny Goshen College — […]
  • Pakistan: Singer kidnapped by religious militants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Singer kidnapped by religious militants On 26 November 2010, unidentified militants kidnapped Musharraf Bengash, a Pashtun singer from the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan. Later, a jirga negotiated his release, reported Shaheen Buneri from Radio Mashaal. Musharraf Bengash sings mainly of rural themes, with his music embodying a nationalistic zeal. Shaheen […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012 – main page

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression worldwide Join! Freemuse invites musicians, music clubs, cultural institutions, broadcasters and media workers to join the annual Music Freedom Day on Saturday 3 March 2012. Musicians and composers rights to freedom of expression are violated worldwide. […]
  • Brazil: Mayor bans rap music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Brazil: Mayor bans rap music During the carnival period anyone caught listening to Brazilian funk or rap in Sao Lourenco, situated in south-eastern Minas Gerais state, will have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison. Sao Lourenco’s mayor, Jose Neto, has banned carnival revellers from playing […]
  • Lebanon: Brief arrest of singer Zeid Hamdan caused uproar

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: Brief arrest of singer Zeid Hamdan caused uproar The arrest of the singer and composer Zeid Hamdan, a well-known figure of the Beirut underground music scene, for defamation over a song he wrote in 2008 about the country’s president caused ‘Internet shock waves’ both nationally and internationally. He was released seven hours […]
  • Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro The case against singer Lapiro de Mbanga has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US based lawyers’ advocacy organisation, is now officially monitoring his case. In an interview with Radio France International in the first week of October 2009, Maran Turner, executive director of […]
  • Somalia: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Kenya:Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our […]
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    FREEMUSE KAMPAGNE ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:M Selskab i Cameroun, der delvis ejes af M  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Russia: Concert banned but protest singer continue unplugged

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Concert banned but protest singer continue unplugged On 22 August 2010 Yuri Shevchuk, a popular rock singer and political critic, defied the Russian authorities’ sudden ban on a staged protest concert and performed without amplification. A protest rally accompanied by a concert led by environmental activists fighting to save the pristine Khimki forest north of Moscow […]
  • Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio Government-owned radio stations in Iran have been ordered to stop broadcasting certain singers’ music and certain songs, reported Ilna and Iran Human Rights Voice. The censorship list is reported to contain names of artists such as: Ali LahrasbiAlireza AfsharAlireza AssarAlireza EftakhariEhsan Khajeh-AmiriEsmailzadehFataali OvaisiFeraydoun AseraeiGolshanHossein ZamanKambiz […]
  • Syria: Interrogated and harassed for listening to metal music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Interrogated and harassed for listening to metal music Young people in Syria are interrogated by the secret police if they listen to heavy metal music, writes Romuald Stankiewicz in this personal travel report from the country. By Romuald Stankiewicz I met Mohammed in Damascus. After finishing high school he came to this […]
  • Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro de Mbanga The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Cameroon on 10 June 2010. By sending a letter to him, the American legal advocacy organisation Freedom Now makes use of this opportunity to make a pressure to Cameroon’s president […]
  • China: Ministry makes new push to control online music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Ministry makes new push to control online music The Chinese ministry of culture implements new censorship rules for the country’s online music providers by 1 January 2010. This is necessary to ensure that lyrics are “acceptable” and to protect “intellectual property rights”, stated the ministry It was announced on the website of […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2010 becomes a truly global event

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## Over four years, the annual Music Freedom Day — observed on 3 March — has grown into a truly global event which inspires increasing numbers of musicians and concert organisers to join, and informs millions of radio listeners about issues of freedom of expression […]
  • Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN has launched a new protest campaign for the continuing imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga in Cameroon. In November 2009, Lapiro de Mbanga was one of five cases highlighted for the Writers in Prison Committee’s annual […]
  • Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast Five people were injured and 10 shops damaged in a bomb blast on 28 January 2010 in a music and video market in the small town of Jand in Attock District of Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to press reports, some construction workers […]
  • Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro In two articles published by the Danish magazine 3F and the newspaper Information on 22 May 2010, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the worldwide conglomerate operating in around 130 countries, is accused for being partly responsible for the imprisonment of the Cameroonese oppositional […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication Lapiro de Mbanga, imprisoned since 2008 retaliates at Minister of Communication Issa Bakary Tchiroma, who on 30 July 2010 announced that Cameroon did not host any political prisoners. Lapiro responded swiftly to remind the Minister that he has been detained for his opinions since 2008. […]
  • Press release: Imprisoned singer in Cameroon wins global award

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the president of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as […]
  • Guinea-Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guinea Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York In 2009, members of Baloberos Crew were detained and intimidated by members of the military intelligence because of a song which criticises the military and the government. Via a live video feed the group will participate in a performance in […]
  • China / Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears Chinese authorities are looking for Pasang, a popular Tibetan singer, who has gone into hiding after his debut album was banned and confiscated, reported Radio Free Asia on 24 September 2010. “The authorities blamed him for singing and recording politically sensitive themes in his songs. They […]
  • Colombia: Young hip-hop singer killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Colombia:Young hip-hop singer killed The 20-year-old singer Pacheco of the hip hop group C4 was shot by gunmen in August 2009 Pacheco (full name: Enrique Pacheco Hector Marmolejo) was murdered as he was on his way home at one o’clock in the afternoon, a block from the College Eduardo Santos in the western […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2010 – index

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 ##PagePublishedLong## Index 3 March 2010 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in several countries around the globe.About Music Freedom Day 2010Messages from participantsMusic Freedom Day in The Hague, the NetherlandsMusic Freedom Day in Gdansk, Poland Music Freedom Day groups and pages on FacebookMusic Freedom Day […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Music a vehicle for significant dissent

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Music a vehicle for significant dissent Nine out of 12 songs on Thxa Soe’s most recent album were banned by Burma’s censorship board. How 29-year-old Thxa Soe — one of Burma’s leading hip-hop stars — and the underground group Generation Wave challenge the restrictions of the ruling military junta is […]
  • United Arab Emirates: Censored rap duo ready with new album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Arab Emirates / (Saudi Arabia / Kuwait):Censored rap duo publishes new album The first and only album of the Emirati hip-hop duo Desert Heat which came out in 2008, was banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, reported AFP. It is still unknown if censorship will also be the fate of their next […]
  • Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped, beaten up, and thrown in a field in Gaza by unidentified gunmen By SKeyes-Gaza, Center for Media and Cultural Freedom 28-year-old Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped at midnight on Monday 19 October 2009 at the entrance of An-Nafaq Street […]
  • Iran: Concert banned because of presence of women musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran Concert banned because of presence of women musicians Iranian authorities have cancelled a concert of traditional Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian because two members of the band are women, the ISNA news agency reported. Homayoun Shajarian is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian – a legendary singer in Iran. Homayou has performed with […]
  • Russia: City bans heavy metal music in caf

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:City bans heavy metal music in cafés, clubs and restaurants Authorities in the West-Russian city of Belgorod has banned performances of heavy metal music in a bid to “save the city’s youth”. Governor Evgenie Savchenko in Belgorod, situated 500 kilometres south of Moscow, wants to “promote the suppression of satanic activity,” and to […]
  • Guatemala: Teacher of indigenous music brutally murdered

    NEWS 31 August 2010 Guatemala:Teacher of indigenous music brutally murdered Leonardo Lisandro Guarcax Gonzalez, promoter and defender of indigenous Maya culture, has been found dead after he was abducted by unknown assailants on 25 August 2010. Guarcax’ body was found lifeless with severe marks of torture the following day, reported the Prensa Libre. Leonardo Lisandro […]
  • USA: Banned music showcased in concert series in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Banned music showcased in concert series in New YorkAustin Dacey and Haroon Bacha. Photo by Quoc Pham A concert with the exiled Pakistani singer Haroon Bacha on 9 December 2009 marks the start of a performance series at Brooklyn’s Littlefield that aims to showcase banned music from around the globe — music literally […]
  • Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran | Turkey:Freemuse Award winners honoured in London Freemuse Award winners 2010: Ferhat Tunç, with the award statuette created by Swedish glass designer Göran Wärff, and Mahsa Vahdat. Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, the joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, gave a short and impressive performance at the Index Awards ceremony in […]
  • Norway: Festival celebrates musicians who refuse to be silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Festival celebrates musicianswho refuse to be silenced With the theme ‘Freedom and oppression’, the 21st edition of the Førde Folk Music Festival in Norway focuses on musicians’ struggle for human rights, and cultures that struggle for their survival. Opening on 8 July 2010, the festival features several prominent artists who have faced […]
  • China / Tibet: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet:Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ […]
  • Jordan: Heavy metal musician: “We were rebels”

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Jordan:“We were rebels” “Wherever we came out we were branded Satanists,” writes Rami Abdel Rahman in this personal account of his experiences as a young metal head in the 1990s heavy metal scene of Jordan. By Rami Abdel Rahman One snowy winter afternoon in Sweden about two years ago, I hurried into a […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2009: Messages from participants

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse invites musicians and broadcasters to participate in a global event on the subject of music and censorship. Let others know about your plans for 3 March This page is for musicians, broadcasters, journalists and activists who plan to contribute to make Music Freedom Day a global awareness and advocacy […]
  • China / Tibet: Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet / China:Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police Tenzin, a singer from Amdo who owns a music shop in Lhasa, has been detained by the police and accused of downloading ‘illegal music’, reported High Peaks Pure Earth “We are not sure of the exact date of his detention. Our […]
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  • Pakistan: Music stores are rebuilt in Swat valley

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Music stores are being rebuilt in Swat valley In 2008, the Taliban militants in the north-western Pakistani valley of Swat imposed a ban on all forms of artistic expression. Now that the Taliban are no longer a force in Swat, culture has made a comeback, reported Shaheen Buneri to BBC South Asia. […]
  • Press release: New Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal music

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal “We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal…” From the underground to the mainstream heavy metal is a global phenomenon attracting thousands of fans – but along the way it has gained many enemies too. “Long haired music,” as it has been described […]
  • Austria: Museum of sound preserves banned music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Austria:Museum of sound preserves banned music The Akustikon Museum of Sound in Linz, Austria, has opened a special section dedicated to preserving banned music, entitled ‘The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds’. The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds holds music whose creators have been branded, driven away, oppressed, banned and persecuted in different times and places […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

    Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video interview was recorded by Freedom to […]
  • Iraq: Violence against singers continues

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Violence against singers continues In Iraq, the clerics have conflicting opinions about music prohibition, writes Wisam Tahir from Nasiriya in Iraq in an article published in The Herald Scotland on courtesy of the Institute for War and Peace reporting The article gives an excellent insight in the situation for musicians in Nasiriya, […]
  • China: Uncertainty over ban of concerts with American folk singer Bob Dylan

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Uncertainty over ban of concerts with American folk singer The Chinese government allegedly refused to allow the 68-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan to perform in Beijing and Shanghai because of his reputation as a protestsinger. We write ‘allegedly’, because other sources refute the reports that Dylan was refused. Jeffrey Wu, operations […]
  • Iran: Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Petition in support of 26 year-old protest musician On 1 October 2010, an online petition in support of Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad was started. After the first two weeks, over 800 people had signed the petition. The 26 year-old musician was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for singing his famous song ‘Ali […]
  • Help free Lapiro de Mbanga! Sign the petition

    THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA Sign this petition I protest against the three-year prison sentence and US dollar 640,000 fine imposed on the singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) and call on […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship of heavy metal music

    FREEMUSE REPORT 25 January 2010 Mark LeVineHEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES – Censorship of heavy metal in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and China Report no. 9 Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2010ISSN: 1601-2127. ISBN 978-87-988163-3-1.    104 pages. Purchase printed version Right-click to download(On Mac: CTRL-click) Review Metalunderground.com – 4 March 2011:Review by Rockstar_Scribbler“Immediately after the first […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards Organisers of the Cameroon music and cultural awards, Canal D’Or, have honoured jailed singer Lapiro de Mbanga with a Life Time Achievement Award. The special tribute was presented in Douala to Lapiro’s wife, Louisette Lambo Sandjo, on 9 April 2010 in recognition of the artist’s […]
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  • Press release: New Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned Music that makes dictators tremble Listen to the banned is a unique collection of contemporary songs by artists who have been censored, persecuted, taken to court, imprisoned and even tortured for a very simple reason — their music. Music brings joy and gives a voice to […]
  • Iran: Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis If taxi drivers play banned music in their taxis, it could lead to cancellation of their taxi permit and confiscation of their cars, warned a government official. This was reported to Radio Free Europe by Golnaz Esfandiari. Rasul Abbasi, the director-general for transportation […]
  • Awards

    ABOUT FREEMUSE Awards given to Freemuse as a recognition of the organisation’s work Below is listed a number of international prizes and awards as well as words of recognition which the organisation has received for its work. Prix Ars Electronica 2014: ‘For empowering musicians and advocating free speech’   “The fact that musicians are being […]
  • Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected

    ARTICLE 07 April 2010 Somalia: Freemuse analysis: Music ban on radio stations was expected On 3 April 2010, the top commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu, Ma’allin Hashi Mohamed Farah, issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop airing all kinds of music or face unspecified Sharia-based penalties. A regional analyst, Abdulkadir […]
  • Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for singer Lapiro de Mbanga African Human Rights organisations and monitoring systems are urged to act on behalf of singer Lapiro de Mbanga. In a joint appeal letter International Pen and Freemuse ask for assistance in ensuring that Cameroon act in a manner consistent […]
  • Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for Success – a Quick Guide

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Quick Guide ©Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for Success When you deal with visa issuing offices and embassies it may sometimes be useful to refer to various points set out in international conventions and recommendations. Here are a few references that you can mention when you argue for smooth visa handling. By Ole […]
  • Tunisia: Freemuse receives international award

    NEWS 19 October 2009 Tunisia:Freemuse receives international award The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression for creators and performers of music.” The award was presented during the ‘3rd IMC World Forum on Music’ which is currently taking place […]
  • CD: Listen to the banned

    PUBLICATIONS 15 March 2010 Tiken Jah Fakoly about the new Freemuse CD album: ‘CD highlights artists who fight for justice’ The CD ‘Listen to the banned’ has been well received by broadcasters all over Europe. “Some broadcasters have mentioned that not only does the CD feature some important political songs but even has a ‘spiritual […]
  • Somalia: The government insists: radios must play music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: The government insists: radios must play music Four private radio stations in Mogadishu have been accused of collusion with radical Islamists over music ban. By Abdulkadir M. Wa’aysAt a press conference on Sunday 19 April 2010, the Secretary General for the government’s regional administration in the capital Mogadishu Abdikafi Hilowle Osman threatened […]
  • Zimbabwe: Opposition music denied airtime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Opposition music denied airtime As Zimbabweans brace for a possible election next year, contesting political parties have turned to music for their campaigns. By Maxwell Sibandareporting for Freemuse from Harare, Zimbabwe The Zanu (PF) party led by President Robert Mugabe has already started playing its political songs on the national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting […]
  • Spain: Gilberto Gil joins Freemuse at festival against censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spain: Gilberto Gil joins Freemuse at festival against censorship Brasilian legend Gilberto Gil is headlining this year’s edition of ‘Festival against censorship’ in Bilbao in Spain. The week-long festival opens on 26 November 2009. In the fourth consecutive year, Serrano productions organises Europe’s leading festival against censorship, including concerts, film screenings, seminars and […]
  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2010

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2010 gets global attention Mumbai, Kabul, Cairo, Amman, Gdansk, The Hague and New York are some of the cities organising Music Freedom Day on 3 March this year — a day that will also see the release of the Freemuse CD ‘Listen To The Banned’ and a hand-over of […]
  • France: Threats, campaigns and media rage against heavy metal festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France: Threats, campaigns and media rage against heavy metal festival On 18-20 June, Clisson in France hosts one of the most ecclectic metal festival in the world, Hellfest. In May 2010, the festival organizers received threats from religious groups, and according to the organizers, the media attention which followed has doubled their ticket […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2008 video

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2008 ##PagePublishedLong## See the Music Freedom Day concert at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center:nrk.no/nett-tv What happened on Music Freedom Day in 2008? 3 March 2008 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in Norway, Afghanistan and Congo-Brazzaville. The concert in Oslo was broadcasted on national radio in […]
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  • Cameroon: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / France:Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want […]
  • Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board A three-night music festival at a cultural centre in Kano in northern Nigeria, KANFEST, was cancelled by the Kano State Censorship Board, reported AFP. The annual music festival is funded and organised by the French embassy in […]
  • Russia: Rapper jailed for 10 days for offending police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Rapper jailed for 10 days for offending police The popular Russian rapper Ivan Alekseev, also known as Noize MC, has been sentenced to 10 days ‘administrative imprisonment’ for offending the police at a concert held in Volgograd on 31 July 2010. According to the Russian online forum artinvestment.ru, Volgograd Magistrate Court on 2 […]
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  • Cameroun: Underskriftsindsamling for f

    KAMPAGNENYT ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Underskriftsindsamling for f Menneskerettighedsorganisationerne Freemuse og International PEN, jurist-organisationen Freedom Now, guitarproducenten Vigier og webstedet MyMondoMix.com k Deltag i Freemuse underskriftindsamlingen for at f  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Cameroon / USA: American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro de Mbanga A team of four lawyers from a law firm in the United States are preparing a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. They argue that by keeping Lapiro de Mbanga imprisoned, Cameroon is violating international law. The lawyers […]
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    THXA SOE
  • Saudi Arabia: King limits clerics who can issue fatwas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Saudi Arabia: Saudi king limits clerics who can issue fatwas After a Saudi cleric has declared that “there is no clear text or ruling in Islam that singing and music are haram or religiously forbidden” a decree sent by King Abdullahs office states that only senior Islamic clerics appointed by him can issue […]
  • UK / Chile: Concert to commemorate singer Victor Jara

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / Chile: Concert to commemorate singer Victor Jara To commemorate the Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara who was killed on 16 September 1973, a concert entitled ‘Last Words of Victor Jara’ is performed by pianist Steve Tromans and his band in Birmingham on 11 November 2009. The concert consists of a series […]
  • Music Freedom Day in Gdansk on 2 March 2010

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day in Gdansk, Poland Photos and story from the event On 2 March 2010 at 6 PM the debate ‘Music freedom and freedom in music’ will take place in the Cultural Centre in Gdańsk-Morena. Musicians Jacek Staniszewski and Grzegorz Welizarowicz will participate in the debate sharing their experience. Indeks […]
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  • Pakistan: Fundamentalists attacked a music gathering

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Fundamentalists attacked a music gathering Freemuse has received a report that in the evening on 5 September 2010 a group of religious fundamentalists attacked a music gathering in Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The group took some singers hostage for few hours. The singers were there to perform and collect donations for […]
  • UK: Somali festival in London focuses on arts censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Somaliland / United Kingdom:Somali festival in London focuses on arts censorship This year’s Somali Week Festival in London will focus on censorship of art, showcasing a mix of poetry, prose literature, plays and music, while also allowing ample time for discussions between artists, professional guests and audiences. “It is a very […]
  • Mexico: Eight musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Eight musicians arrested Ramon Ayala and Lupe Tijerina, two of the most famous accordionists in Northern Mexico, were arrested together with six other musicians on 11 December 2009 The musicians were arrested during a police raid on a party in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which was apparently sponsored by a member of the Beltran […]
  • Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings Vocalist and guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of the Polish heavy metal band Behemoth was formally charged on 8 March 2010 for insulting Roman Catholics. If found guilty, Darski faces up to two years in prison. Adam Darski made headlines in Poland in September […]
  • Iran: Supreme leader discourages music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Supreme leader discourages music Music is ‘not compatible’ with the values of the Islamic Republic, announced Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on 2 August 2010. While the Ayatollah acknowledged that music is ‘halal’ (lawful) he emphasized it was not in tune with the finest religious principles of the Islamic Republic, reported the British […]
  • Press release: Freemuse receives international award

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia:Freemuse receives international award The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression for creators and performers of music.” The award was presented during the ‘3rd IMC World Forum on Music’ which is currently taking place in Tunisia. […]
  • Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing Egyptian music officials have banned Elton John from performing in Egypt at a private event later this month because of his recent comments that Jesus was gay. The German news agency DPA quoted Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, as saying that […]
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban Somalia is starting to resemble Afghanistan under the Taliban, where hard-line Islamist militia bans music and movies and forbids the public from watching sports on tv, reported the Associated Press. Events in the past years in the failed state of Somalia indicate that Islamist groups like Al-Shabaab […]
  • Western Sahara: Aziza Brahim shortlisted for Freedom to Create Prize

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Western Sahara / United Kingdom: Aziza Brahim shortlisted for Freedom to Create Prize Western Saharan singer and musician Aziza Brahim, who recently performed at WOMEX in Copenhagen and this year’s Lovebox Weekender in United Kingdom, is shortlisted for the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize, in the Main Prize category. Aziza Brahim will perform […]
  • Press release: Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates DKK 500,000 (approximately € 67,115) to Freemuse for its work for musicians’ rights and against music censorship. Freemuse is the only organisation in the world that works internationally with documentation and information about attacks on musicians and composers’ freedom and […]
  • Music Freedom Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY If you would like to participate in Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2014, please contact the Freemuse secretariat.  • The official Music Freedom Day website: musicfreedomday.org • What happened in 2013: musicfreedomday.org/?tag=2013 Count-down to 3 March:Broadcasters and artists in Asia, Africa and Europe join Music Freedom Day 2013Freemuse publishes new report on Mali […]
  • Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis “Artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come,” says the Israeli rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi. Because of a performance in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women, the singer Erez Yechiel was […]
  • Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody

    NEWS 30 September 2009 Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody Singer and rapper El Aldeano (real name: Aldo Roberto Rodríguez Baquero), member of the popular Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos, was detained at 11:00 AM on 28 September 2009. He was released later the same day. The group quickly published the following statement on the […]
  • Malawi: National radio bans the music of musician Lucius Banda

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malawi:National radio bans the music of musician Lucius Banda Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has banned the music of one the country’s top musicians, Lucius Banda, because songs on his latest album express criticism of the country’s government, reported Africanews.com on 5 January 2010 An article on Africanews.com stated that according to an internal memorandum […]
  • South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges On 26 March 2010, a South African court prohibited the singing of a controversial anti-apartheid song, ‘Ayesab’amagwala’ (‘The cowards are afraid’). A part of the lyrics translates as ‘kill the boer’, or ‘shoot the boer’, urging to the shooting of white farmers, and […]
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    “Freedom has been attacked, but freedom will be defended.” These were the words of President George Bush shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Bush went on to say that the terrorists “cannot touch the foundation of America” and “we go forward to defend freedom.” Despite Bush’s rhetoric, the actions of […]
  • Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voices heard

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar’s Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval, reported the British newspaper The Guardian. Read the full story here: The Guardian – 20 October 2010:‘Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard’ Related reading on […]
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Tunesien:Freemuse f Prisoverr Omtale i danske medierU-landsnyt.dk – 19. oktober 2009:‘Dansk-baseret NGO mod musikcensur f Omtale i internationale medierIMC Music World News, Issue 35 – 21 October 2009:‘Freemuse receives international award’David Price’s Blog – 21 October 2009:‘IMC Music Awards’freeDIMENSIONAL – 20 October 2009:‘fD congratulates Freemuse for receiving The International Music Council (IMC) Inaugural Musical […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Ban on Western musical instruments

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Ban on Western musical instruments Burma’s Ministry of Culture has ordered the country’s traditional Saing orchestras not to use Western musical instruments — a move likely to reduce the popularity of many of the groups. The new regulations were reported by the Rangoon journal The Voice, which said they had […]
  • Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal

    NEWS 10 May 2010 Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal Thomas Gurrath is a member of the Stuttgart-based death metal band Debauchery. Until 28 March 2010 he was training to become a grammar school teacher in the German state Baden-Württemberg. But when his supervisors found out about his musical activities with Debauchery, […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar/Burma:Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian The Free Zarganar Campaign, which advocates for the immediate release of Burmese comedian Zarganar, urges MEP’s to nominate Zarganar for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Price. The Free Zarganar Campaign, was launched by a coalition of human rights and freedom of expression organisations, including Freemuse, following his arrest […]

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