• Argentina: German electronic band’s concert re-instated after appeal

    Authorities in Buenos Aires denied German electronic band Kraftwerk a permit for their performance scheduled for 23 November 2016 due to their use of synthesizers in their show; an instrument included in a judicial ban enacted earlier in the year on electronic festivals. A few days later, the concert’s promoters appealed the decision and a […]
  • New Zealand: Court overturns ban on 2014 political parody song

    New Zealand’s Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s decision to reverse the ban placed on Darren Watson’s song, ‘Planet Key’, and its accompanying animated video by Jeremy Jones, which were released during New Zealand’s 2014 general election and seen as political advertising rather than a parody on Prime Minister John Key, reported New […]
  • Ukraine: Lawmakers vote against bill banning Russian artists

    Lawmakers in Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, voted against a bill that would have restricted all Russian artists who wanted to tour in the country, and would only have been allowed to do so if they submitted a written condemnation of “the occupation of Ukrianian territory” to promoters, reported Billboard on 7 October 2016. The […]
  • Nordic Ministers of Culture declare support for artistic freedom

    “Artistic and creative expressions, as an integral part of the human right to freedom of expressions, is critical both to the development of cultures and to the functioning of democratic societies,” said a declaration by the Nordic Ministers of Culture adopted at a seminar on 2 May 2016 during the World Press Freedom Days in Helsinki. […]
  • Egypt: Mahraganat artists challenge limits

    For many youngsters in Egypt, mahraganat artists represent the voice of the people. They address social issues, relationships and drug problems. They operate in a landscape of recognition, occasional public and self-censorship and the consequences of the newly suggested committee for “the development of morals and conscience and the promotion of work ethics and values […]
  • Egypt: Arts unions granted legal powers to self-police

    On 9 November 2015 Minister of Justice Ahmed El-Zend granted judicial police status, or “Al Dabtia Al Kadaeia”, to both the musician’s and actor’s trade unions, effectively meaning that unions members can now legally police and regulate themselves, reported news site Dotmsr.com The controversial decision was further compounded when, on the same day, El-Zend conferred […]
  • Ukraine: Italian opera singer cancels concerts in Crimea

    After the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture said on 18 January 2016 that it would cancel Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina’s concerts in the country since he also scheduled performances in Crimea, the singer announced on 22 January 2016 that he would cancel his two dates in the contested region, reported Ukraine Today. Safina said he […]
  • Turkey: Blasphemy ruling reversed for pianist Say

    Pianist Fazıl Say may no longer face a ten-month jail sentence for blasphemy charges related to his tweets as Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the decision, saying his social media posts fall within the realm of freedom of expression, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The court ruled by majority – four to one – that […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censorship board should be abolished, says workshop group

    Zimbabwe should abolish the censorship board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions in order to comply with Zimbabwe’s new constitution. Instead a new classification board should be mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children. This was a recommendation made by arts practitioners, artists, journalists and human rights lawyers at a workshop on […]
  • Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation

    In the Punjab province in Pakistan, DJs, singers and show organisers are threatening to launch province-wide protest if Police continues to register cases against them while seizing their music equipment and loudspeaker systems because of a new legislation, the ‘Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance 2015’. The Punjab Government enforced the ‘Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance […]
  • Pakistan: Artists and singers need safety, not a Censorship Act

    The local government of Pakistan’s northwest province wants to impose a Censorship Board Act to silence singers’ voices and curb artists’ activities, reports Sher Alam Shinwari from Peshawar By Sher Alam Shinwari The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the northwest province of Pakistan, has recently tabled a bill in the provincial assembly […]
  • India: Singer calls for a censor board in the music industry

    “Like movies, censorship of music is a must and should be implemented immediately in our industry. This is the only way to preserve the sanctity of our music,” the renowned Indian singer Sukhwinder Singh told Times of India. He is displeased with the “visible vulgarity in present-day songs”. Sukhwinder Singh is a leading playback singer […]
  • Freemuse to United Nations: Belarus should explain censorship

    In a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Freemuse argues that Belarus is failing to abide by its international commitments to fully protect the fundamental artistic freedoms of its citizens. “Belarus should take active steps publicly to document and explain its censorship policy – not least its communications with media […]
  • Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

    Law suits, arrests, threats and banning orders, these are all dangers that artists in Turkey who touch on sensitive issues face today. This is pointed out by the UPR submission that Freemuse, Siyah Bant and the Initiative for Freedom of Expression has forwarded to the UN. The Turkish Anti Terror Law (TMK) continues to be […]
  • Syria: ‘Silenced voices’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Silenced voices In Syria, music is a mirror which shows the soul of the listener. The hedonist youth of Damascus sees fuel for the fun of their parties, fundamentalists suspect moral corruption, the authocratic regime fears the output of subversive minds. And just a few young musicians perceive a magic language of […]
  • Googoosh: Iran’s Daughter

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Googoosh: Iran’s DaughterThe film by Farhad Zamani tells the story of Googoosh – Iran’s pop diva, who is still banned from performing in her homeland. Googoosh was Iran’s most famous and beloved pop diva, until she was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution when female singers were labeled “temptresses” and forbidden to release records […]
  • City demands ‘anti-gay’ music ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City demands ‘anti-gay’ music banBrighton will be the first UK city to demand that music retailers ban reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics. Brighton and Hove City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to write to the managing directors of its three largest stores condemning the music. It urged them not to stock […]
  • Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologise

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologiseTheir gigs have been cancelled all over the world and their names withdrawn from awards. But Jamaica’s dancehall stars refuse to apologise for – or even stop singing – songs that encourage the murder of gay people. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis travels to the Caribbean and […]
  • City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album banThe first city-wide boycott of reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics is being considered in Brighton. Councillors want music retailers HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC to stop selling albums with homophobic lyrics in its Brighton and Hove branches. While the council does not have the power to ban […]
  • The world’s all out of tune: Popular music after 9/11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 9/11 – The world’s all out of tunePopuläre Musik nach dem 11. September 2001 A new book on music post September 11 is published in October. Among the contributors are Freemuse Chairperson Martin Cloonan. Please note: The book is published in German. A Freemuse report on music censorship post 9/11 is scheduled for […]
  • USA: ‘Crash into me, baby!’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Crash into me, baby: America’s implicit music censorship since 11 Septemberby Eric Nuzum “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 […]
  • Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas libraries

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas librariesThe Kansas attorney general has withheld more than 1,600 compact discs from distribution to state libraries because officials determined the albums promote violence or illegal activity, records show.The albums removed by Attorney General Phill Kline’s office were part of 51,000 discs given to Kansas as part […]
  • Russia: Detention of Pussy Riot members extended again

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Detention of Pussy Riot members extended to three months Following the punk group Pussy Riot’s protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on 21 February 2012, Russian authorities arrested three women who are held in detention until their case comes before court on 24 June. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested on […]
  • 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, […]
  • Mexico: Legislators propose nation-wide ban on ‘drug ballads’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Legislators propose nation-wide ban on ‘drug ballads’ A bill presented to Mexico’s congress in the last week of January 2010 by the ruling National Action Party (PAN) proposes that musicians could be sent to prison in up to three years for playing songs that glorify the drug trade and trafficking – the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Kuwait: Music shops closed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait:Music shops closed Music shops in Kuwait have been closed on the claim of defending morals and Islamic obligations, and a new censorship law threatens freedom of expression in the country, reported Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on 6 February 2008. An article published by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan described an on-going […]
  • Cuba: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in CubaExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Celia Cruz (1925-2003) Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated […]
  • China: Canto-pop Censorship in China & Singapore

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  • Guatemala: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in GuatemalaExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Ricardo Arjona Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated by […]
  • Dominican Republic: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in Dominican RepublicExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Raúl Acosta Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated […]
  • Mexico: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in MexicoExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Lupillo Rivera Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated by […]
  • Chile: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in ChileExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Victor Jara (1932-1973) Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated […]
  • Iran: Concerts cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ”The Most Problematic Art Form” in Iran “Music can be considered the most vulnerable and problematic art form in the Iranian history,” according to Shadi Vatanparast from the Iranian web-magazine Tehranavenue.com. He reports how the post-Islamic history of the country is rife with examples of musical oppression “The state has always tried to […]
  • Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visaThe singer was last week denied entry into the United Kingdom where she was billed to perform at three concerts.Zvakavapano was refused admission to the country by British Embassy officials despite getting a work permit from the Home Office in Britain. London-based Zimbabwe news website, newzimbabwe.com, quoted […]
  • Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate CensorshipA collection of articles which examines the role of Clear Channel as market leader and, as some will say, the biggest corporate censor in U.S. history, with special focus on their role in the censorship debate following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The day after the September […]
  • Cat Stevens denied access “on national security grounds”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cat Stevens sparks US plane alert and is denied access “on national security grounds”A security alert involving the singer, whose name is now Yusuf Islam, has forced a London-to-Washington flight to be diverted to another US airport. The plane was already in the air when US officials identified that the singer was on […]
  • Explicit Lyrics & Parental Advisory

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Explicit Lyrics & Parental AdvisoryTipper Gore, the PMRC, and the infamous black-and-white logo: Background material and news articles The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the majority of record labels in the country, has posted a black-and-white logo, warning of explicit content, on album covers since 1985. The history behind Parental Advisory […]
  • Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussion

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussionAn Arts & Censorship Discussion on 9 September in Harare discussed the possible impact of recent Censorship Board actions.Report from Maxwell Sibanda.   Government representatives from the Censorship Board failed to turn up for a crucial discussion on censorship of artistic work which was held on 9 […]
  • Return of the “Rave Act”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Return of the “Rave Act”Proposed US law can shut down raves.Story from Drug Policy Alliance Related reading
  • New US study on cultural exchanges since September 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New U.S. study on cultural exchanges since September 11A new study by Center for Arts and Culture, “Cultural Diplomacy: Recommendations and Research,” concludes that U.S. cultural diplomacy has become a neglected facet of foreign and domestic policy.In an era when American culture often drives resentment and fear in foreign lands, the study cautions […]
  • Iran: Women & music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Women & music censorship Background material on music and censorship in Iran“Under wraps on the stage: women in the performing arts in post-revolutionary Iran” (1998)Since the 1979 Revolution in Iran, women have been key contributors to contemporary Iranian cinema, and to a lesser extent theatre and music. Contrary to the Western belief […]
  • UK licensing bill

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK licensing billLatest on the controversial Licensing Bill;Story from the Guardian The Musicians’ Union is being invited to take part in a working group to discuss the impact of the bill; Story from BBC Related reading
  • Clerics condemn Kashmir pop song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clerics condemn Kashmir pop songReligious leaders in Indian administered Kashmir have sought a ban on a pop song by two Pakistani singers. A line in the song, Kachi Pencil (Fragile Pencil), says God has written the fate of man with a fragile pencil. The song has become popular with people across the disputed […]
  • UK licensing bill defeated

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK licensing bill defeatedControversial bill defeated in the House of Lords – but has yet to be discussed by MPs. Story from BBC “We believe it will lead to the renaissance of live music”: Story from The Guardian Related reading Read abstract
  • Iran: Lashes for loud music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Lashes for loud music TEHRAN, Aug 8 (AFP) – The judiciary in the western Iranian province of Hamedan has ordered that anyone caught playing thumping tunes in their cars should be subject to jail terms or lashes, the official news agency IRNA said Sunday. “Playing any type of music loud in the […]
  • “Rave Act” bill passed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## “Rave Act” bill passedThe Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (also called the “RAVE Act”), which was attached to the AMBER Alert bill, passed both the House and Senate on April 10Article from AlterNet Related reading
  • Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG merger

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Independent record labels unhappy with Sony – BMG mergerIndependent record labels are disappointed by the EU allowing Sony and BMG’s merger, saying it was given “easy clearance”. The deal, approved without conditions, means the four major companies control around 80% of the world’s music.Story from BBC More about corporate censorship Related reading Read […]
  • Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rules

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rulesA group of musicians has criticized new U.S. regulations that will further limit travel to Cuba, urging the United States to build bridges to the island instead of tearing them down. The musicians, who produce jazz, Afro-Cuban music and a ballad style known as Cuban trova, tied […]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: From Conservative patriotism to radicalism

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalismby Martin Cloonan Read about 9/11 and music censorship in “Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalism” – a chapter by Freemuse chairperson Martin Cloonan, from the book “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune Populäre Musik nach dem 11. […]
  • White Noise Music – an international affair

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  • Fresh Iranian bands ready to rock

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Fresh Iranian bands ready to rockA music competition aims at introducing new talent in the Islamic Republic. But when you live and work in the Islamic Republic of Iran, there are certain limitations, either subconscious or explicit, on forms of self-expression. Subjects such as censorship, quality, and who should be the judge turned […]
  • Iranian rapper talks a fine line

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iranian rapper talks a fine lineHe is more bow tie and suit than bling bling and Nikes, but Iran’s first rap performer is still managing to unnerve the Iranian religious authorities with his social criticism. Chart-topping Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh targets unemployment, poverty and westernised Iranian girls in his new album, which the culture ministry […]
  • Damon Albarn: Music is destroyed by censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Damon Albarn: ‘Music is destroyed by censorship’Three musicians took part in a press conference about music censorship during this year’s Roskilde Festival. The big business of the record industry exerts a covert censorship, which makes it incredibly difficult for musicians across the world to express themselves freely. That was the message from Damon […]
  • Hip-Hop Cops: US put Hip-Hop under surveillance

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## US put Hip-Hop under surveillanceHotels staked out and lyrics scrutinised in battle to stop rap’s violence.Extensive article on the latest developments in a nationwide effort to place every aspect of hip-hop culture under state surveillance. Story from The Guardian (11 March 2004) Rap artists and others associated with hip-hop culture have long complained […]
  • USA: New fines proposed in indecency bills

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## US: New fines proposed in indecency billsThe bills would give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to fine recording artists, air talent and other individuals up to $500,000 for knowingly uttering indecent language on radio and TV.Full story at reclaimthemedia.org; http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/iraq/8136507.htm Read more:
  • Frank Zappa

    FRANK ZAPPAComposer/musician (USA) ##PagePublishedLong## Frank Zappa On Censorship In 1986, Frank Zappa remained occupied – some would say preoccupied – with the activities of the American right wing and its efforts to censor rock and roll. In its liberal guises under Tipper Gore’s PMRC (Ms. Gore’s husband Al was Clinton’s Vice-President) or its more virulent […]
  • USA: Government Arbiter or Catalyst for the Arts?

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  • USA: What if they gave a culture war and nobody came?

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  • Limits of Musical Freedom

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  • China: Culture, Legislation and Censorship

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  • Sarah Jones and FCC

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sarah Jones and FCC” I think they should have the right to censor anybody, but my song didn’t have any of the seven “dirty words” that you’re not allowed to say on American radio.” American hip-hop poet and performance artist Sarah Jones on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling her song, Your Revolution […]
  • Algeria: Call for the respect of freedom of artistic expression

    NEWS 21 May 2012 Algeria: Call for the respect of freedom of artistic expression in Algeria “Algerian intellectuals, journalists, cultural activists, artists and writers ring the alarm and request from the Ministry of Culture to lift its control over the cultural sector and let the independent/civil cultural artistic stakeholders undertake their projects freely…” Algerian artists and […]
  • Turkey: Broadcasting in local languages allowed without time limit

    NEWS 03 March 2010 Turkey:Broadcasting in local languages allowed without time limit On 23 February 2010 The Radio and Television Higher Board (RTÜK) granted permission to 14 radio and tv stations in Turkey to broadcast in Kurdish, Zazaki, and Arabic without time limit. Previously, radio broadcasting in mother tongues had been limited to five hours […]
  • Afghanistan: Restrictions on music discussed in parliament

    NEWS Afghanistan: Restrictions on music discussed in parliament On 1 April 2008 a commission for cultural and religious affairs in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament suggested to impose new restrictions on music and dance performance in Afghanistan. By Samay Hamed reporting for Freemuse from Kabul The main articles in the proposal from the commission for cultural […]
  • Beate Slydal: About the Turkish Penal Code Article 301

    BEATE SLYDAL(Norway) Political scientist Beate Slydal speaks about the infamous Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. Beate Slydal works as a political advisor and lobbyist for Amnesty International Norway.  Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Turkey’s Penal Code Article 301 says: “Those who (1) Public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand […]
  • The Middle East: New restrictions on satellite tv

    NEWS The Middle East:New restrictions on satellite tv Freedom of expression in the Middle East suffered a major setback on 12 February 2008 when 21 information ministers of the Arab League agreed on a new charter which requires satellite tv broadcasting “not to offend leaders in the Arab world” and to “protect Arab identity from […]
  • Jonas Otterbeck: Islamic reactions to the music of today

    WORKING PAPER Battling over the public sphere: Islamic reactions to the music of today A working paper – by Jonas Otterbeck, PhD in history of religions “States and local authorities have taken action against heavy metal musicians, female singers, music videos, and public concerts. Islamist and conservative Islamic organizations or individuals try to disturb and […]
  • Declaration demanding abolishment of Turkey’s Article 301

    CAMPAIGNS Joint action:Declaration demanding abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code 29 non-governmental organisations have released a joint declaration demanding a total abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and other articles violating freedom of expression. The following is the joint action statement signed by 21 members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) […]
  • Turkey: “Keep Roj TV!” Turkish musicians protest

    ARTICLE 17 January 2006 Turkey: “Keep Roj TV!” Turkish musicians protest Turkish and Kurdish musicians have signed a petition against attempts to ban the Denmark-based Kurdish Roj TV. The Danish government has been under diplomatic pressure from the U.S. administration and the Turkish government to effect its closure The Turkish government claims that Roj TV […]
  • Turkey: ‘Censorship – the Turkish way’

    ARTICLE Censorship – the Turkish way By Ole Reitov“Possession and storage in your shop and store, copying, sale, presentation or broadcasting to the public of cassette tapes and CDs mentioned on the attached list with title, singer, publisher, issuing authority of prohibition and collection of the prohibited material as well as date will have legal […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
  • Australia: New censorship codes imposed

    NEWS Australia: New censorship codes imposedEditorial on how the Federal Government has over-reacted to a tiny protest group’s complaints about song lyrics. In February 2004 the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) announced on its website the first two artists to be classified Level 3 under the new code. The sticker on the CDs reads “Restricted: High Impact […]
  • New code Down Under

    NEWS New code Down UnderAustralians under 18 years old could soon be barred from purchasing CDs by artists such as Eminem, the Rolling Stones, and Tori AmosStory from BBC Related reading Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival When a white supremacy group in Queensland organised a race-hate music festival on the Gold Coast on 17 […]
  • Turkish reforms music to Kurds ears

    NEWS Turkish reforms music to Kurds earsArticle from AFPThe Kurdish hills are alive with the sound of music now that key changes in Turkey have enabled Kurdish musicians and crooners to come out of the closet. The first notes of change in the wake of landmark democracy reforms agreed by the Turkish parliament in August […]
  • Turkey: New media law heavily criticised

    NEWS New media law heavily criticised Article from Los Angeles Times The Turkish parliament approved a controversial bill Wednesday that critics charge will further curtail press freedoms, strengthen media monopolies and weaken the country’s bid to join the European Union. Under the new law, Turkey’s media barons will no longer be barred from bidding for […]
  • Argentina: Country profile

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

    NEWS Kurdish performers bannedAppeal from International PEN The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey. Despite various declarations of human rights and international legal protections, which recognise the centrality of language in ethnic and cultural identity, the […]
  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

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

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