• 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 […]
  • Kuwait: Member of parliament wants music teaching banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait: Member of parliament wants music teaching banned “We will not allow our schools to become centres for graduating dancers. (…) We call for halting this, otherwise, we will use constitutional tools. This could lead to grilling the prime minister,” the Kuwaiti member of parliament Mohammad Hayef told reporters according to Agence France-Presse, […]
  • Roskilde Festival giver 500.000 kroner til musikalsk ytringsfrihed

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark:Roskilde Festival giver 500.000 kroner til musikalsk ytringsfrihed Foreningen Roskilde Festival donerer en halv million kroner til Freemuse, som arbejder for musikeres rettigheder og imod musikcensur. Donationen g Related reading on freemuse.org Related reading:
  • Press Room Archive

    PRESS ROOM ARCHIVE hi-res press photos Graphics for web Press releases Media coverage of Freemuse Music Freedom Day: 3 March 20103 March 2010 was Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters as well as musicians world-wide focused on music censorship Press release in A4 PDF format Right-click to download / click to print Freemuse Award 2009 […]
  • Nepal: Song banned in television for religious defamation

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal: Song banned in television for religious defamation A promo of an upcoming album of Komal Oli was allegedly banned from Nepal Television because of it is against Hindu sentiments, reported a Nepali blogger. Singer Komal Oli’s promo was broadcasted in Nepali state television, NTV, for a couple of weeks, but then, in […]
  • India: Political party promises to ban Western music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Political party promises to ban Western music The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the Indian state Haryana has promised the voters that if they were to replace the congress government, the party would ban Western music. “Western music and vulgarity in the name of culture will be banned,” declared a party […]
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  • Smashed Hits 2.0

    PUBLICATIONS 22 September 2010 United Kingdom: Index on Censorship publishes issue on music censorship Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, released a magazine issue on music censorship entitled ‘Smashed hits 2.0’ on 8 September 2010. ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ investigates music and free expression with writing and interviews. The issue is produced in […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro – behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:Behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn Singer Lapiro de Mbanga joins by phone from jail in Cameroon as U.S. Afro-pop band performs his banned song live in New York Coming to the stage in Brooklyn: The Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga will appear live from prison via […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2011: Messages from participants

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2011 This page was last updated on ##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 […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Ferhat Tun

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE FOLK SINGER FERHAT TUNÇ ACQUITTED IN IZMIR Jens-Peter Bonde President of EU Democrats Danish member of the European Parliament from 1979-2008 On 2 October 2007 I went to Izmir in Turkey and joined a small delegation, which had flown in to observe a trial against the popular singer and composer, […]
  • Indonesia: Religious group protests against new Buddha Bar in Jakarta

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Religious group protests against new Buddha Bar The hip French lounge chain Buddha Bar is under pressure to close its only Asian branch, a club in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, amid corruption accusations and protests by Buddhists who say the use of their religious symbols are blasphemous. Associated Press reported from Jakarta […]
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  • Deutschland: Netzwerk zum Studium Recht, Kultur und Zensur

    NACHRICHTEN ##PagePublishedLong## Deutschland: Netzwerk zum Studium Recht, Kultur und Zensur Die Universit Related reading on freemuse.org Related reading:
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Ten years of Freemuse: A view from the chair

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE TEN YEARS OF FREEMUSE — A VIEW FROM THE CHAIR Martin CloonanChairperson of Freemuse Anniversaries tend to elicit some common responses: Can it really be that long? What did we do right/wrong? How have we changed? What does the future hold? And so on. And these have certainly been amongst […]
  • Iran: 13 musicians arrested in Isfahan

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: 13 musicians arrested in Isfahan Brigadier general Mer-Abbas Sofivand, local head of the State Security Forces, told the daily newspaper Kayhan that 13 musicians have been arrested, and 90 CDs seized by police in Isfahan. “The group was composing and recording songs in the basement of a house in Isfahan,” Mer-Abbas Sofivand […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Mbanga – Flurry in the court room

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Flurry in the court room After appearing in court on 28 April 2008, singer Lapiro de Mbanga still found himself leaving the court’s witness box on 13 and 15 May 2009 without a verdict. Instead, he was ordered to reappear in court on 26 May. The adjournments of his case appear to be […]
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  • North-west Pakistan: Jihadi hymns replace music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## North-west Pakistan: Jihadi hymns replace music The rapidly growing influence of the Taliban in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has left the areas’ singers and musicians with few choices: Either quit singing or face the wrath of different Taliban groups. By Shaheen Buneri – reporting for Freemuse from Peshawar In this newspaper advertisement […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Ferhat Tunc

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Ferhat Tunç Musician and composer, Turkey My relationship with Freemuse started in 2003. In August that year I was imprisoned and was released again soon afterwards. This drew attention both locally and internationally. Through this incident, the Freemuse members that got in touch with me had the […]
  • Czech Republic: Bizarre attack on Scottish rock band Primal Scream

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Czech Republic:Bizarre attack on Scottish rock band Primal Scream In a bizarre and surrealistic media storm in the Czech Republic, the Scottish rock band Primal Scream has been accused for ‘promoting fascism’ by the Czech Radio Council. The council has banned the song ‘Swastika Eyes’.        Primal Scream According to an article written by […]
  • Visa report highlighted but serious problems remain

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: Visa report highlighted but serious problems remain While visa issues continue to create controversy between European concert organisers and European Immigration and Visa Authorities, the Freemuse white paper ‘Visa / the discordant note’ plays an essential role in various international fora. At a meeting in Germany on 19-20 May 2009, the […]
  • Pakistan: Marked for death by the Taliban

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Marked for death by the Taliban Interview with an exiled Pakistani singer in the US who wished to remain anonymous out of concern for the safety of his family at home in Pakistan. Austin Dacey, a philosopher who serves as an adviser to Freemuse, asked the singer what he makes of the […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – A festival against censorship  Jose Angel Serrano Fernandez

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE A FESTIVAL AGAINST CENSORSHIP Jose Angel Serrano Fernandez Festival Director, Spain Music is a free representation of ideas, traditions and feelings of individuals and societies. It expresses the hopes and desires of musicians, their joys and sorrows, their cultural identity. And these expressions may cause conflicts with people in power. […]
  • Cameroon: New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro Lapiro de Mbanga’s sentence of three years imprisonment and the fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. In addition, more than FCFA 500,000 was added to the singer’s fine. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in […]
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  • Zimbabwe: Duo charged of insulting the president: one year in hiding

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Duo charged of insulting president Mugabe: one year in hiding Two Zimbabwean musicians face charges of singing songs that are ‘sensitive and insulting’. Their lawyers and producers say the country is not yet safe for the duo to return to enter a fair trial. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri — reporting for Freemuse from Harare […]
  • Iraq: First rap concerts in Baghdad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: First rap concerts in Baghdad “They say that this is something that is banned by religion. But I do what I want to do — nobody can tell me what to do,” the Iraqi rapper Mr Passion is quoted as saying in an AFP report from one of Baghdad’s first rap concerts […]
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incident

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incident On 5 December 2008 it was announced that the popular Ethiopian reggae singer and opposition political icon Teddy Afro has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and an 18,000 Br fine for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in which an […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Farhad Darya

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Farhad Darya Singer, songwriter and lyricist, Afghanistan My relationship with Freemuse goes back to August of 2001 when I met Mrs. Marie Korpe, the founder of Freemuse, for the first time in Copenhagen. It was the day I was recognized as the best Artist of the Year […]
  • Cambodia: Ministry outlaws obscene songs

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

    VISA AND MOBILITY ISSUES Articles and news stories about problems with musicians’ mobility and ability to tour, caused by visa restrictions and other travel regulations. The most recent stories are shown first: Read more:
  • Russia: Punk fans and bands claim to be persecuted and silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Punk fans and bands claim to be persecuted and silenced Is the Russian punk band PTVP censored from radio and tv because of their anti-government stance, or simply because they play aggressive punk music? The debate is rolling in the media in August 2009 In July 2009, a number of punk music fans […]
  • Gulzar Alam

    GULZAR ALAM(Pakistan) ##PagePublishedLong## Audio interview with the popular Pashtun singer Gulzar Alam who escaped an attack on his life on 16 October 2008. Freemuse talked to Gulzar Alam about the incident and his feeling as a singer when Taliban militants bombed hundreds of music shops in the restive north-western Pakistan. The interview was conducted and […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Freemuse inspires research and teaching  Annemette Kirkegaard

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE FREEMUSE INSPIRES RESEARCH AND TEACHING Annemette Kirkegaard Associate Professor in Musicology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Since the very start of Freemuse in 1998 I have been closely following the development of the organisation. I work as an ethnomusicologist and have always felt the need to expand the field of research […]
  • Pakistan: Four men shaved as punishment for listening to music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Shaved as punishment for listening to music In the district of Buner, just 100 kilometres from the capital Islamabad, a terrified young man told a reporter from Associated Press that Taliban militants had shaved the heads and moustaches of him and three friends for listening to music late in the evening of 25 […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court Cameroon power system strikes back at the popular singer. “It seems obvious that he has not got a fair trial,” says Freemuse programme officer. Press alert by Freemuse — 25 June 2009 An appeal court in Cameroon last night, on 24 June 2009, sentenced popular singer […]
  • Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

    FREEMUSE AWARD 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden / USA:Freemuse Award to American singer Pete Seeger Video report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf By Mik Aidt Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Read about Pete Seeger and the award […]
  • Iran: Film about Iranian music censorship awarded, musicians exiled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Film about Iranian music censorship awarded The Iranian film ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’ was awarded in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes Film Festival. But two of the musicians which it features now must go in exile. ‘Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats’ was created by the 40-year-old […]
  • Saudi Arabia: Religious conservatives create setback for Saudi musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Saudi Arabia: Religious conservatives create setback for Saudi musicians A last-minute cancellation of the Jeddah Film Festival was only one of several reversals for proponents of freer access to film and music in Saudi Arabia, reported AFP, Reuters and BBC News on 19 July 2009 Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment appears to have drawn […]
  • Front page OFFLINE

    Mali: Religious song by Toumani Diabate self-censored from Sony computer game Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail Pakistan: Death threats from the Taliban made singer flee his country Côte d’Ivoire: Video interview with reggae singer and Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly.Vidéo: Interview avec Tiken Jah Fakoly en français.          Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Gorki Aguila

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Gorki Aguila Musician and composer, Cuba With respect to my trip to the Freemuse conference in Copenhagen in 2002: To me it was both eye opening to travel abroad and get to know such a special city in terms of history, architecture and people – as well […]
  • China: Western music industry accepts Chinese censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Western music industry accepts Chinese censorship Music banned by the Chinese authorities will not be available at a new free Internet music download service launched earlier this week by Google Inc. and major music companies. Providers will abide by Chinese censorship and withhold songs that are banned by the communist government. “When you’re […]
  • UK: Visa system forces Russian ballet company to cancel shows

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Visa system forces Welsh-based Russian ballet company to cancel shows The Russian ballet company Ballet Russe based in Wales has been forced to cancel its 2009 programme and is facing an uncertain future, after failing to obtain visas for its dancers under a controversial new points-based system, wrote The Stage. The […]
  • Somalia: Religious groups stop music at weddings with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Religious groups stop music at weddings with violence Somalia experiences an on-going struggle over the right to listen to music and dance to it. These are the latest reports in international media about militant Islamists’ atttacks and crack-downs on music In a typical Somali wedding, women dance with men to the tunes […]
  • Zimbabwe: Song banned for allegedly criticising ruling party

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Song banned for allegedly criticising ruling party A song composed by Tongai Moyo, a popular Zimbabwean musician, has reportedly been denied air play by the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which has sole monopoly of the country’s airwaves, reported Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) from Windhoek, Namibia. SOURCE: This news story […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Censor meets censored: Freemuse in Harare  Maxwell Sibanda

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE CENSOR MEETS CENSORED — FREEMUSE IN HARARE Maxwell Sibanda Journalist, Zimbabwe Fifty personalities who included journalists, musicians, government officials, music administrators, radio and television presenters spent a historic day locked in a discussion on music censorship. The personalities converged at The Mannenberg Jazz Club, Harare, Zimbabwe in April 2005 for […]
  • Pakistan: Singer shot dead by her brothers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Singer shot dead by her brothers Pashto singer Shamim Aiman Udas was murdered on 26 April 2009. According to her husband, she was killed by her own brothers, reported the Pakistani newspapers Daily Times and The News. Immediately after the killing of Aiman Udas, it was largely suspected that religious militants might have […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro shortlisted for global award

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga shortlisted for global award High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the […]
  • Music Freedom Day events in Sweden – 2009

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day:Concert event and seminars in Sweden on 3 MarchArtists from Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran facing censorship join forces with Swedish Award Winner in a unique concert when Re:Orient in collaboration with Freemuse organise a concert and a seminar dedicated to freedom of expression for musicians and composers. In […]
  • Tao Rodriquez-Seeger

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  • – The World Forum on Music and Censorship

    In support of musicians on the world’s frontlines “Freemuse is waging a vital war in support of musicians on the world’s frontlines who are using their freedom to create to oppose injustice and oppression. Freedom to Create Vice President Bernard Stringer Read more… Nigeria: Kuti’s nightclub in Lagos closed by authorities Zimbabwe: Duo charged of […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga ”This is the trial of the voiceless” Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed just a few hours before the verdict of three years imprisonment and a fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent […]
  • Cameroun: Campaign for release of Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:New campaign for release of Lapiro The company Vigier launches a new campaign for the release of the Cameroonese musician Lapiro de Mbanga. Vigier is the company that supplied Lapiro with a guitar that he has used in more than 20 years to create his music. It is seldom that music companies […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Mahsa Vahdat

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Mahsa Vahdat Singer, Iran Singing is a blessing A voice that finds its way to the arteries of life, Now flowing like a whisper by a baby’s cradle, Now like a lover, perhaps standing against the rays of a future, A blessing indeed, is singing . I […]
  • Palestine: Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded Palestinian authorities has disbanded a youth orchestra and barred its Arab conductor, Wafa Younes, from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel as part of the annual Good Deeds Day organised by Israeli billionaire Shari Arison. According to various sources […]
  • UK: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals A new report from Manifesto Club reveals that more than 20 major arts events have been cancelled or badly affected by new visa regulations which were introduced in the United Kingdom in November 2008. The new regulations, with a points-based system, […]
  • Germany: Network to study law, culture and censorship

    NEWS 26 August 2009 Germany: Network to study law, culture and censorship Universities are increasingly taking an interest in issues of freedom of expression for artists. In August 2009, an international graduate network in the interdisciplinary study of law and culture was launched in Germany On 11 August 2009, Freemuse was invited to share a […]
  • Dari – translation to English

    FREEMUSE – DARI Welcome to the Dari section of our web site Introduction Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required     Duration: 3:15 Translation of the videoFreemuse is the only international organisation that defends music, musicians and composers world-wide. The organisation was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1998. Freemuse aims to defend musician’s freedom of expression. […]
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  • Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Harmonium player murdered by Taliban militants On 15 December 2008, a group of musicians were attacked by armed men. Two days later at a hospital in Peshawar, the harmonium player Anwar Gul died from his wounds. By Shaheen Buneri – Freemuse’s correspondent in Pakistan                      Anwar Gul    Photo by Asad Danish It was a […]
  • Tao Rodriquez-Seeger

    TAO RODRÍGUEZ-SEEGER(USA) ##PagePublishedLong## Singer and musician Tao Rodríguez-Seeger from USA speaks about his personal experiences with and opinion about music censorship Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Tao Rodríguez-Seeger was born in New York, USA, in 1972. He is a contemporary folk musician who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in Spanish and in English. When he […]
  • Front page OFFLINE

           In a bizarre, surrealistic media landscape Scottish rock band Primal Scream has       been accused for “promoting fascism” by the Czech Radio Council. The Council       has been attacking the song `Swastika Eyes´ Sudan: Censored singer tries to reform Janjaweed ‘hate singers’ China / Tibet: Tibetan singers are arrested and ‘effectively silenced’ Myanmar / Burma: Exiled musician […]
  • Poland: Religious groups protest against Madanna-concert

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  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Stephan Said

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  • Press release: Freemuse urges OIC to protect musicians

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  • Freemuse: Presentation in one of the most deadly places for musicians

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  • Human Rights for Musicians

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  • Grenada: Government rejects popular Jamaican artist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Grenada:Government rejects popular Jamaican artist The Government of Grenada has denied performance work permits to popular Jamaican Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel and his band. The “red-hot” entertainer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adija Palmer), whose controversial lyrics have brought him lots of media attention both in and out of Jamaica, was scheduled to perform […]
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    NOUVELLES  ##PagePublishedLong## Pete Seeger – Vainceur des Freemuse Awards 2009 Le chanteur, et compositeur Peter Seeger, connu comme l’avocat de la paix a été nommé par le comité des FREEMUSE AWARDS 2009 pour son engagement musical à la liberté d’expression.   Présent lors de l’inauguration du président Obama aux cotés d’autres artistes. Sa voix est […]
  • Universitetspeciale unders

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  • Pakistan: Lahore feels under siege

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Lahore feels under siege Pakistan’s performing artists face deadly occupational hazards. In Lahore, the city’s music festival was bombed, and cafés and theatres are bombed in co-ordinated overnight raids, BBC News’ David Loyn reported on 27 July 2009 “Pakistan feels like a country on a hinge of history. This year for the first […]
  • Somalia: Two radio stations closed down for airing music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Two radio stations closed down for airing music Somali Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on the radio stations in the areas under their control for airing music and music-related programmes. They have made significant military gains in recent months, regaining control of 90 percent of south and central Somalia including […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Salman Ahmad

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  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2009

    Music Freedom Day 2009 Concert & seminar with censored artists in Stockholm 3 March Artists from Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran facing censorship join forces with Swedish Award Winner in a unique concert when Re:Orient in collaboration with Freemuse organise a concert and a seminar dedicated to freedom of expression for musicians and composers. In their home countries artists Ferhat […]
  • Senegal: Popular singer boycotted and threatened by religous groups

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Popular singer boycotted and threatened by religous groups A documentary film tells the story of how Youssou N’Dour’s 2004-album ‘Egypt’ won a Grammy in USA but caused controversy in his homeland Senegal, where it became the subject of a boycott and was accused in the media of insulting Islam, arguing that pop […]
  • Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert

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  • Sardar Yousafzai

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  • UK / Israel: Cancellation of show causes censorship row

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK / Israel:Cancellation of show causes censorship row A London-performance of a group of 19-year-old Israeli soldiers turned singers was cancelled because the owners of the theatre hall claimed it was ‘political’. The organisers, the Zionist Federation, denied the claim and accused the theatre hall’s owners of censorship. The five soldiers from the […]
  • Pakistan: 800 music shops bombed over three years

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:800 music shops bombed over three years “No doubt this is the most critical phase in the history of our province,” writes journalist Shaheen Buneri about the situation in north-western Pakistan where he is based. “The singers and muscians are living a hard life, and most of them are displaced from their homes. […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Deeyah

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS DeeyahMusician and composer, Norway / Pakistan Music has been an intrinsic part of not only my life but human life and the development of every people, society and culture throughout history. Music possesses the power to cross social, racial, cultural, economic and religious barriers and has the […]
  • Iraq: Conductor in delicate negotiations with religious leaders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Conductor in delicate negotiations with religious leaders The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s director and chief conductor Karim Wasfi has negotiated performances in 2010 in the holy Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf, where conservative religious values dominate. Explaining his delicate negotiations with religious leaders there, he told reporter Steven Lee Myers: “There’s […]
  • Dari

    Wimpy Wasp Player         ساره ابوی 3:15 مدت   به آن عده از موسیقی دانان ، شعرا و نویسنده گان و همچنان خبر نگاران ، نویسنده گان انترنت و فلم سازان که بخاطر اظهار عقاید شان از طریق کارکرد های هنری مورد تعقیب و تخویف قرار می گیرند بائیست توجه خاص مبذول […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – The organisation that was missing: Kj

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  • Pakistan: Taliban kill dancer in Swat valley

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Taliban kill dancer in Swat valley Shabana, one of Pakistan’s celebrated dancers, was shot dead in Mingora on 2 January 2009 after defying the Taliban’s ban on music and dance. Armed men reportedly dragged Shabana away from her home in Banr Bazaar, and she begged them to shoot her rather than slit her […]
  • Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board 




    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board A Kano chief magistrate has banned listening, sale and circulation of 11 Hausa songs, described as obscene, confrontational and immoral. Chief magistrate Muhtari Ahmed who presides over a mobile court attached to the Kano State Censorship Board said the court is going to prosecute […]
  • Malaysia: In League With Satan? – The Malaysian Black Metal Ban

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  • Gulzar Alam

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  • Human Rights for Musicians – Appendices: Ten years of Freemuse activities

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  • Iran: Rock band tells its story of censorship and imprisonment

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Rock band tells its story of censorship and imprisonment The indie-rock band Font were imprisoned in Iran merely for performing their style of music. The band is currently in London on six month artist’ visas. In August 2007, the members of the rock band Font were thrown into prison for 21 days after […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 09 July 2009 Cameroon:Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all In this complicated case, there are problems of leadership, tribalism and politics, writes journalist Jen Bell in this personal commentary. She is convinced that singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s case is a political persecution in disguise. COMMENTARY by Jen Bell It […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Introducing Freemuse: Krister Malm

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE INTRODUCING FREEMUSE Krister MalmMember of Freemuse Executive Committee Why Freemuse? Music exists in all known human societies. This shows that music is something that is part and parcel of human nature. Music has many forms and manifestations. It is an expression of the ideas, traditions and emotions of individuals and […]
  • Pakistan/USA: Salman Ahmad: Obama should listen to Pakistani artists

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan / USA:Salman Ahmad: ‘Obama should listen to Pakistani artists’ As the Taliban silence music in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, Freemuse ambassador and singer Salman Ahmad denounces the Pakistani peace accord with the Taliban. American president Barack Obama has promised to listen to the Muslim world. He can start by listening […]
  • Happison Mabika

    HAPPISON MAKIBA
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison On 6 January 2009, the Burmese military junta authorities released popular hip-hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in April 2008, reported Mizzima News. The popular singer was released on Tuesday evening by the western district court in the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Talking music and censorship in the Arab world • Layla Al-Zubaidi

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE TALKING MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP IN THE ARAB WORLD Layla Al-Zubaidi Director of the Heinrich B When Freemuse approached our organisation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Middle East Office in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2004, to inquire whether we would be willing to collaborate on a regional conference about freedom of expression in […]
  • Pakistan: Music has died in the Swat valley

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Music has died in the Swat valley Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan. Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have fled for other provinces. By Khushal Yousafzai, Freemuse’s correspondent in Mingora The few singers and musicians […]
  • Iran: Rock concert raided, 104 arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Rock concert raided, 104 arrested A concert in the southern city of Shiraz was raided by an Islamist militia, and 104 people arrested, on the grounds of being ‘immoral’, reported the state-run daily newspaper Jam-e Jam on 27 May 2009. Jam-e Jam newspaper carried pictures of drum sets and amplifiers seized in […]
  • USA / Jamaica: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Jamiaca: Singer Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters The concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled shows by the Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton after protests from gay rights advocacy organisations over the singer’s homophobic song lyrics, The Los Angeles Times reported. Buju Banton’s scheduled shows in Los Angeles, […]
  • Sardar Yousafzai

    SARDAR YOUSAFZAI(Pakistan) ##PagePublishedLong## Audio interview with the singer Sardar Yousafzai who survived an attempt on his life on 15 December 2008. A band of unidentified militants targetted his car in Malakand area of North Western Pakistan to punish him for his work as a popular Pashto singer. Earlier, a number of Pashtun singers were threatened, […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Appendices: Funding

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE APPENDIX I:   MEDIA COVERAGE & WEBSITE
  • Iran: Film about music censorship shown on Cannes Film Festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Film about music censorship shown on Cannes Film Festival A new feature film about music censorship in Iran features the underground rock band Mirza, the rapper Hichkas, as well as other musicians of varying styles from Persian pop and folk to heavy metal, and women who are banned in Iran from public […]
  • Fornyet debat om hvor gr

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse, K UPDATETV-indslag: Rapper forklarer sig  20. juli 2009 kl 16:41 | Af Lars Ohlsen Debatten om en rap-tekst, som Morten Messerschmidt har f H  FacebookCartago Jones beskyldt for d Kilder8210 Rap Dance Centers officielle hjemmeside:8210rapdance.dkPolitiken – 16. juli 2009:‘Rapl Rap, politik og censur — i FrankrigDer er g Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Appendices: Media coverage and website

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE APPENDIX I:   MEDIA COVERAGE & WEBSITE Since 1998, when the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship took place, Freemuse activities have been covered by a large amount of media. The media coverage includes more than 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers and on websites from all over the world. […]
  • Front page OFFLINE

    Mali: Religious song by Toumani Diabate self-censored from Sony computer game Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail Pakistan: Death threats from the Taliban made singer flee his country Côte d’Ivoire: Video interview with reggae singer and Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly.Vidéo: Interview avec Tiken Jah Fakoly en français.          Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was […]
  • Patience Takaona

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    DEUTSCH Willkommen in dem deutschen Sprachraum von Freemuse.org Sänger und Musiker Ferhat Tunç aus Dersim in dem kurdischen Teil der Türkei redet über seine persönlichen Erfahrungen mit dem Verständnis von der Musik-Zensur in der Türkei. Weiteres über das Video-Interview hier Wimpy Wasp Player Was ist Freemuse? Freemuse ist die einzige internationale Organisation, die Musik, Musiker […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2009 – main page

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## On Tuesday 3 March 2009 musicians and broadcasters world-wide will focus on music censorship Shortcuts: Events on the day in Stockholm, SwedenFreemuse Award 2009 to American singer Pete SeegerInvitation to joinAre you a musician?Are you a radio producer?Audio files for radio broadcastMedia coverageLet others know […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Watching the ground • Lingson Adam

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE WATCHING THE GROUND Lingson Adam Journalist, Tanzania To date I am enjoying the sense of feeling that has started to make my life meaningful by contributing to the restoration, defence and sustenance of the God given endowment to human beings, i.e. freedom of expression, freedom of choice if you like. […]
  • Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe Musicians Hosiah Chipanga and Raymond Majongwe, and their lawyers, speak about their recent experiences with music censorship in the “new” Zimbabwe under a coalition government. INTERVIEWS – by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare         Album: pulled off air In Zimbabwe, it might be seven […]
  • Somalia: Music suppressor elected as president

    ARTICLE 11 February 2009 Somalia:Suppressor of freedom of musical expressionis now the country’s president The Islamist cleric who was elected as Somalia’s new president on 31 January 2009 has a long history of silencing musical expression in Somalia. The future looks increasingly bleak for music and musicians in Somalia, writes Freemuse correspondent and Somalia analyst, […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Appendices: The Freemuse Executive Committee Members

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE APPENDIX I:   MEDIA COVERAGE & WEBSITE
  • Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis on dancehall reggae and homophobia

    STUDY ROOM ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis seeks to explain homophobia in dancehall reggae Johannes Frandsen Skjelbo, a student of University of Copenhagen, has written an analysis of Jamaican music culture in a postcolonial context, with a view to the Danish reception of Jamaican music. It was published in Danish language in March 2009. […]
  • Iran: Music gives hope

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Music gives hope In Austin Dacey’s article about the underground music scene in Iran, members of the exiled rock band Kiosk share their insight into the system of music censorship in Iran “The entire music industry in Iran is run by the Lalezar mafia, which is tied to the Ershad (Ministry of […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Marcel Khalife

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Marcel Khalife Musician and composer, Lebanon Freemuse stands for music and the reaffirmation of the rights of musicians and their protection from prohibitions, censorship and threats. Freemuse is an expression of our responsibility towards our musical culture and the protection of our music and musicians from the […]
  • USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Censored musicians spoke and performed at Duke University In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians, Ferhat Tunç from Turkey and Roger Lucey from South Africa, and highlighted freedom of musical expression.        Roger Lucey Music censorship and music activism was in focus at Duke University in […]
  • Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials The music of 56-year-old Sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga has been banned on national radio, Radio Zimbabwe (formerly Radio 2), wrote the newspaper ZimDaily on 7 June 2009. When Hosiah Chipanga released the controversial album ‘Hero Shoko’, his songs quickly hit the airwaves. But after […]
  • Video-interview med den tyrkisk-kurdiske sanger Ferhat Tun

    FERHAT TUNÇ(Tyrkiet) ##PagePublishedLong## Sanger og musiker Ferhat Tunç fra Dersim i den kurdiske del af Tyrkiet fort Den kurdisk-tyrkiske sanger Ferhat Tunç er f L
  • Music Freedom Day 2009 – index

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Index 3 March 2009 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Two seminars and a galla oncert evening were held in the capital of Sweden. Concert event and seminars in StockholmFreemuse Award 2009 to American singer Pete SeegerMusic Freedom Day 2009: Messages from participantsMedia coverage Music Freedom Day is […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Spreading the news • Simon Broughton

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE SPREADING THE NEWS Simon BroughtonTV director and editor of Songlines, UK Freemuse came as a wake-up call. Censorship of the written word is understood — as organisations like PEN make clear — but the censorship of music has been beneath most people’s radar. That’s a problem of Western-style societies that […]
  • Cameroun: Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings False evidence, delays and rumors appear to play an essential role in keeping the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga in prison. In the meantime, Lapiro de Mbanga’s health deteriorates. Lapiro de Mbanga, the Cameroonian musician and political opponent to the current president of the country, is seemingly facing […]

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