• Austria/Turkey: Concert cancelled, song banned related to referendum vote

    As Turkey gears up for a constitutional referendum on 16 April 2017, steps have been taken at home and abroad to influence voters that have also affected art and artists. In the south eastern province of Şırnak, the local government banned song ‘Bejin Na’ (Say No), the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) official referendum campaign […]
  • Turkey: Seven members of Grup Yorum arrested

    Turkish police arrested seven members of famous folk band Grup Yorum on 23 November 2016 on charges of assault, resisting and insulting police, and being members of a terrorist group, reported Birgün on 24 November 2016. Grup Yorum’s lawyer Aytaç Ünsal told the Turkish newspaper: Even 3 days after they were initially taken into custody, […]
  • United Nations member states urge Iran to improve human rights

    Eighty-five United Nations (UN) member states voted on 15 November 2016 calling upon Iranian authorities to take real steps in correcting its human rights record. The resolution builds upon last year’s adopted resolution where Iran accepted 130 recommendations made to its human rights record and practices stemming from the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process […]
  • United Kingdom: University cancels musical due to race row

    A theatre at the University of Bristol cancelled all showings of its student production of musical ‘Aida’ due to protests over potential “cultural appropriation” that white students would be cast in the lead roles of ancient Egyptians and slaves, reported The Telegraph on 4 October 2016. The musical, written by Elton John and Tim Rice […]
  • Ethiopia: Crackdown on Oromo musicians

    The current unrest in the Oromia region with news reports about a state crackdown on musicians is nothing new in Ethiopia, explains Endalk in this background article. In the last two decades, any Oromo singer who gravitated towards political and social activism have been subjected to intimidation, abductions, and torture. Singers have been killed, and […]
  • Ethiopia: Three singers arrested, abducted and tortured

    Three Oromo protest singers have reportedly been arrested, abducted and tortured in Ethiopia during December 2015: Hawi Tezera, Jireenyaa Shifarraa and Bilisummaa Dinquu. Hawi Tezera, an ethnic Oromo singer, was reportedly beaten, arrested, released and then rearrested in the space of just seven days in December 2015 by Ethiopian government security forces in connection with […]
  • China/Tibet: Musician released from prison

    Chinese authorities had sentenced Pema Rigzin to two and a half years in prison, but released him after 11 months. After his release, a crowd welcomed him home. Freemuse welcomes the release of Pema Rigzin (also spelled: Rigdzin). “Many Tibetan singers produce songs about issues of concern to a majority of the population,” said Ole […]
  • Turkey: Court reverses Governor’s ban on concert in Istanbul

    The famous Turkish folk music band Grup Yorum celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert in Istanbul on 28 June 2015, even though the first two attempts to organise this concert earlier in the year were banned by the Istanbul Governor’s Office. The ban was eventually reversed by a court decision, so that on 28 […]
  • Turkey: 10 months imprisonment for dancing to Kurdish songs

    Semra Getiren Gören has been charged with 10 months imprisonment for participating in a meeting organised on the World Peace Day in Bursa where she danced the ‘halay’ accompanied by Kurdish songs, reported antenna-tr.org. Semra Getiren Gören and 16 of her friends reportedly stood trial with the allegation of having been “dancing the halay accompanied […]
  • Turkey: Young Kurdish singer imprisoned

    Al Jazeera has published a video by a Turkish-Kurdish filmmaker about the Kurdish singer Nûdem Durak. The singer’s future is uncertain, because the Turkish government allegedly has convicted her to 10.5 years imprisonment for “promoting Kurdish propaganda”, according to Al Jazeera. Published on Youtube on 30 April 2015 Maker of the documentary film, Eylem Kaftan, […]
  • Turkey: Legal breakthrough in favour of prosecuted singer Ferhat Tunç

    The European Court of Human Rights has convicted Turkey of violating freedom of speech in the case of singer Ferhat Tunç. A Turkish court had sentenced Ferhat Tunç to three months in prison and ordered him to pay a fine for having made dissident comments during a concert. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) […]
  • China/Tibet: Censored poet and exiled musician sidetrack oppression

    Thanks to Internet connectivity, Tibetan artists inside and outside Tibet are finding new ways to communicate and collaborate. But to the Tibetans inside Tibet, this is at a high risk. By Dechen Pemba   “Music is like the wings of a bird that can fly over man-made borders.” Woeser In July 2013, a musical collaboration […]
  • China/Tibet: Artists have to tread an incredibly fine line

    Braving high risks and heavy censorship in China, Tibetan musicians sing their love for Tibet. by Dechen Pemba Tibetan singer Gebey. Photo: from Youtube video   Gebey, a Tibetan singer who had been detained at the end of May 2014 following a live performance in Ngaba Prefecture, eastern Tibet, has been released from detention. Gebey […]
  • 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 […]
  • USA: Opera transmission cancelled over antisemitism concerns

    A live transmission of ENO and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been cancelled over concerns about its ‘appropriateness at this time of rising antisemitism’. Freemuse joins the international joint statement: Nat’l and International Organizations Warn That Cancelling ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Screenings Endangers Creative Freedom, Undermines Institution’s Credibility NEW […]
  • Azerbaijan: Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku

    Organisers of the forthcoming European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which is held in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, have asked the Belarusian team to refrain from playing music by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, head coach of the Belarusian team Irina Laperskaya told a press conference in Minsk. The Azerbaijani authorities have long banned Armenian nationals and ethnic Armenian […]
  • Turkey: Musicians of Grup Yorum plan hunger strike

    Members of the popular Turkish band Grup Yorum announced that they are planning to stage a hunger strike to protest a government ‘assault on the arts’, according to a press release issued on 14 February 2014. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) “is targeting all artists that oppose it. They are closing theatres, […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc concert interrupted by protesters and power cut

    A group of protesters intervened in folk singer Ferhat Tunç’s concert by singing the Turkish national anthem. The concert was organised by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Dikili, Izmir. Following a power cut in the concert area, Ferhat Tunç ended the concert saying he would keep singing freedom songs. Clashes broke out between […]
  • Turkey: Persecuted folk band Grup Yorum in centre of attention

    The development in Turkey has given the Istanbul-based folk music band Group Yorum new fame and publicity around the world. On 18 June, Group Yorum signed a statement along with many other Turkish musicians who condemn police violence and what they term as “the government’s abuse of power in Turkey”. On 23 May 2013, the […]
  • United Kingdom: Brighton first city to outlaw ‘hate music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Brighton first city to outlaw “hate music” The British seaside town Brighton has become the first place in the UK to ban music that “incites hatred towards minorites”. The new rule could stop some hip hop and reggae acts from putting on gigs in the city. Music which encourages violence towards minority […]
  • USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Controversial reggae star’s show called off A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for […]
  • 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 […]
  • No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singerReggae star Sizzla has refused to apologise for his lyrics advocating violence against gay men, despite his UK tour being cancelled after protests. “They can’t ask me to apologise,” he told BBC radio station 1Xtra. “They’ve got to apologise to God because they break God’s law.” Sizzla is not […]
  • France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled Reggae singer Capleton’s allegedly homophobic lyrics has prompted protests by the gay rights group Coordination InterPride France, calling to ban his concerts. So far, six French music venues have axed scheduled performances in response, reports BBC World. Jamaican reggae star Capleton (real name: Clifton George) is a […]
  • 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 […]
  • Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’Reggae stars using homophobic lyrics are stoking the spread of HIV, a UK minister is warning in the Caribbean.International Development Minister Gareth Thomas fears that discrimination against homosexuals is deterring people from being tested for HIV. Mr Thomas will tell a conference in St Kitts there must be […]
  • ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry starts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry startsUK detectives are investigating claims that lyrics penned by eight leading reggae artists incite violence against homosexuals and are therefore illegal. Lyrics by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer are among those being scrutinised by Scotland Yard.Meanwhile the government is considering banning reggae star Sizzla from the UK as […]
  • Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyricsA collection of articles and background information on the current debate, where Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, the two controversial reggae acts accused of inciting violence against homosexuals, have been dropped from the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards after refusing to provide their promised written apologies. […]
  • Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence The rap duo Prayaz from Holmlia in the Norwegian capital Oslo sing about violence against women, and they are themselves threatened with violence because of that, reported the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK. “What really struck us was the message that we should remember what happened to […]
  • Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Musician threatened in Karachi Musician and singer Noel Jamshaid was threatened with “dire consequences” by unidentified persons in Karachi, reported Rehman Saman on 21 September 2008. The newsletter Minorities Concern of Pakistan wrote: “Some men halted Noel Jamshaid when he was on his way home around 9 PM on his motorbike. They jolted […]
  • Fermin Muguruza

    FERMIN MUGURUZA(Basque Country) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Fermin Muguruza sings in the Basque language – a language which was forbidden in Spain during Franco’s regime. In this interview Fermin Muguruza speaks about his personal experiences with music censorship in Spain: Its mechanisms, its impact on the artist, and the authorities’ fear of what music can do.   […]
  • Denmark: Reggae concert under close surveillance

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:Reggae concert under close surveillance 200 activitsts demonstrated against the performance of Jamaican rapper and DJ Elephant Man in Copenhagen on 21 May 2007 because he has incited to violence against homosexuals in his songs “Battyman fi dead! [Queers must be killed]Please mark we word [Please mark my words]Gimme tha tech-nine [Give me […]
  • East Turkistan: Uyghur composer died in exile

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## East Turkistan / Xinjiang, China / Sweden:Uyghur composer died in exile From his exile in Sweden the Uyghur composer, musician and poet Kurash Sultan was like an ambassador to the Uyghurs – the indigenous people in East Turkistan in north-western China. He died 47 years old from a heart stroke on 29 October […]
  • Denmark: Calling to cancel Jamaican reggae star concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:Calling to cancel Jamaican reggae star concert The Jamaican Reggae singer Buju Banton was met with demonstrations and callings to cancel his concert when he played at The Rock in Copenhagen on July 11, 2006 Representatives of the gay and lesbian community in Denmark demanded the concert cancelled and arranged demonstrations against Buju […]
  • Censor and be damned? The link between violent music and violent behaviour

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Censor and be damned?There are some good things to be said about music censorship. The trouble is that the people saying them are usually unspeakable. But every now and then there are exceptions, and recently the Home Office played a blinder by discouraging Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla from entering the UK to perform […]
  • Kurash Sultan

    KURASH SULTAN(China/Sweden.   21 July 1959 – 29 October 2006) ##PagePublishedLong## The Uighurs, an indigenous people in East Turkestan in north-western China, are struggling to keep their language and their culture. The Uighur composer, musician and poet Kurash Sultan, was imprisoned and tortured by the authorities in East Turkestand, and many of his songs were […]
  • United Kingdom: Reggae concert banned over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae concert banned over lyricsJamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics. The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night. Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances “suggest a likelihood of […]
  • Ngawang Choephel: For love of music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ngawang Choephel: For Love of MusicNgawang Choephel – a Tibetan musician, ethnomusicologist and filmmaker, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. He was released in February 2002, after six years in prison.International Campaign for Tibet: Press and backgroundBackground reading:Article from Time Magazine (Sept. 2001)Article from Songlines (Dec. 2000)TIBETAN MUSICOLOGIST IMPRISONED […]
  • The Hot Sound of Hate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Hot Sound of HateHundreds of bands in America and Europe produce Hate Music. In September Panzerfaust Records launched Project Schoolyard, a plan to snag kids 13 to 19 by distributing 100,000 free CDs of such bands as Day of the Sword, H8 Machine and Final War. In a cramped upstairs den in […]
  • Spain: Censorship of Basque musicians

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  • Spain: Basque singer suffers from concert prohibitions

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spain:Basque singer Fermin Muguruza suffers from concert prohibitions by Michael Abt-Okudzeto, True School booking and artist management (Germany).Published 19th of January 2004 The probably most well-known basque rock singer Fermin Muguruza suffers from concert prohibitions. Also appearances of the new formation Fermin Muguruza Kontrabanda are forbidden. Thus one witnesses the same scenes like […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship in Romania: “A Little Bit Special”

    FREEMUSE REPORT Garth Cartwright“A Little Bit Special” – Censorship and the Gypsy Musicians of Romania.Freemuse, Copenhagen, October 2001, ISSN 1601-2127Garth Cartwright, a New Zealander now based in London, is the author of The Tower Guide To World Music (March 2000) and a freelance journalist.He was awarded the Guardian/Stop Press Journalism Award: Best Music Writer 1996. […]
  • Spain: Manu Chao cancels show over political flap

    NEWS   Manu Chao cancels shows over political flap Manu Chao refuses to exclude Basque band member with alleged ‘ETA roots’. The American music magazine Billboard writes: “World music star Manu Chao canceled concerts last night (Sept. 3) in Malaga, Spain, and tonight in Murcia after controversy over the inclusion in his band of a […]
  • Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

    NEWS 04 March 2013 Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court “I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk,” said musician Seçkin Taygun Aydoğan from the Kurdish band Grup Yorum to the judge. Instead, gendarmes forced him to leave the court room. Antenna TR reported in their weekly newsletter, […]
  • Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained Turkish police arrested 85 people, including musicians, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group, Turkish media reported. Five members of the popular folk-rock band Grup Yorum were detained. Cihan Keskek, another member of the band, told this to Reuters by telephone from […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban

    NEWS 20 December 2012 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban On 27 June 2012, Dersim Malatya Third High Criminal Court sentenced singer Ferhat Tunç to two years in prison for having promoted İbrahim Kaypakkaya in a speech he held on 1 May 2011. According to new legal rearrangements, the sentence has now […]
  • Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues

    NEWS Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues The first hearing of the court case against four members of Grup Yorum along with nine others who are charged with ‘membership of and propaganda for a terrorist organisation’, DHKP-C, was held at İstanbul No. 15 High Criminal Court. In a defense statement Ayfer Rüzgar said that […]
  • Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody

    NEWS Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody A singer and a violinist with the left-wing band Grup Yorum claim they were tortured in police custody after they were detained during an unauthorized demonstration in İstanbul’s Yenibosna neighborhood. Grup Yorum vocalist Sema Altın and violinist Ezgi Dilan were taken into custody after they had […]
  • Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism

    NEWS Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism Bedrettin Akyüz, 20, is claimed to have spread propaganda for PKK by dancing the halay – a traditional dance – accompanied by Kurdish songs. By ANF News Agency  Together with two 19-year-old boys, Ali Okutan and Dersim Dinçer, he is accused of having celebrated […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sentenced to two years in prison

    NEWS 27 June 2012 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç sentenced to two years in prison A court in the eastern province of Malatya sentenced Kurdish singer and composer Ferhat Tunç to two years in prison on terrorism related charges due to his invocation during a speech in 2011 where he mentioned names of three deceased Turkish leftists, […]
  • Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook

    NEWS Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook According to the French newspaper Mediapart, the Turkish prosecution wanted to imprison a 17-year-old Kurdish boy for 40 years after he was accused of eight charges, including the exchange of Kurdish songs on Facebook. By Mahmoud al-Fakih, AK News – Kurdistan News Agency The teenager, known […]
  • Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song

    NEWS 18 May 2012 Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song Three students are accused of singing an old Kurdish song and chanting slogans which allegedly were “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. Attending the ‘Multi Voiced One Soul Meeting for High Quality Health Service’ rally organised by the Turkish Medical Doctors Association on […]
  • Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Turkey: Grup Yorum member still in detention

    NEWS Turkey:Grup Yorum member still in detention The first hearing of the lawsuit concerning musician Seçkin Aydoğan, member of Group Yorum, and five other defendants who are on trial for “being a member of a terrorist organisation” and “terrorist organisation propaganda” was heard at İstanbul 15th High Criminal Court with special force. Aydoğan was not […]
  • Turkey: Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison

    NEWS Turkey:Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison Grup Yorum made a written statement announcing that a member of their band, Seçkin Aydoğan, was attacked in the prison where he is being detained. According to Antenna.tr, Grup Yorum stated that Seçkin Aydoğan and the two inmates Eser Morsümbül and Onur were attacked during the morning […]
  • Turkey: Prisoners punished again for singing Kurdish songs

    NEWS 13 March 2012 Turkey: Prisoners punished again for singing Kurdish songs 17 inmates of Kocaeli T Type Prison have received disciplinary charge by the warden of three more months in prison for having been “singing and dancing illegally”, reported Antenna’s Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on 8 March 2012. Hatice Şahin and Doğan Şahin […]
  • Turkey: Musician of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS 14 February 2012 Turkey:Musician of Grup Yorum detained The following was reported by IPS Communication Foundation, Bianet, who sent out this notice on 13 February 2012 through IFEX, the network of free expression groups that monitors violations worldwide: (BIANET/IFEX) – Seckin Aydogan, a member of the band Grup Yorum (“Group Comment”), has been in […]
  • Turkey: Killed for requesting a Kurdish song

    NEWS 03 January 2012 Turkey:Killed for requesting a Kurdish song A weekend in December 2011 ended tragically when Gazi Akbayir, a man originally from Tunceli, was brutally murdered after having requested that musicians in a bar sing a folksong in Zaza Kurdish, his native language. The sad incident took place in a bar in Izmir […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again

    NEWS 16 December 2011   Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç is the target of seven investigations and two trials at the moment. This time it isn’t because of his music, but due to the speeches he held during his campaign for the general elections in June 2011. Freemuse award […]
  • Turkey: Campaign for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin (Raziye Kızıl)

    NEWS Turkey: Petition for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin “Kurdish activist and singer Gazin (Raziye Kızıl) is facing jail time for simply singing two songs,” writes Kamayani Bali-Mahabal who has started a petition addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Raziye Kızıl was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two […]
  • Algeria: Matoub court case loaded with contradictions

    NEWS   Algeria: Matoub court case loaded with contradictions On 18 July 2011, the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou, 100 kilometres east of Algiers, finally judged the two alleged perpetrators of the assassination of Algerian singer Lounès Matoub to 12 years in prison. Having already served close to the full sentence while in costudy, they […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters

    NEWS 25 July 2011 Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters On 15 July 2011 at the 18th İstanbul Jazz Festival, the concert of the Kurdish singer Aynur Doğan was interrupted by a group of nationalists, reported Antenna.tr in its weekly bulletin, along with Bianet News. Aynur Doğan came on stage at Harbiye Cemil […]
  • Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz D

    NEWS 22 July 2011 Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz Dünen The Kurdish singer Farquin (real name: Yılmaz Dünen) is facing a prison sentence of between seven and 20 years, charged with ‘membership of an illegal organisation’ and ‘spreading propaganda for an illegal organisation’. Farquin is apparently on trial because he hosted the welcome ceremony […]
  • Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub

    NEWS 12 July 2011 Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub A trial about the murder of the singer Lounès Matoub on 25 June 1998 is scheduled to open on 18 July 2011 in the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou. Lounès Matoub (often credited as Matoub Lounès in French sources) was one of […]
  • Turkey: Singer and politician Ferhat Tunc receives violence threats

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 11 May 2011 Turkey: Singer and politician Ferhat Tunç receives violence threats A gendarmerie commander reportedly ordered village guards to “break Ferhat Tunç’s legs” as Ferhat Tunç was starting a tour in villages in Cemisgezek/Dersim area to meet with rural inhabitants and formulate projects related to Kurdish and Aleviti issues, and the 30-year […]
  • Turkey: Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody

    NEWS 11 May 2011 Turkey:Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody Three members of the music band Grup Yorum were taken into custody in a security operation launched by the police in three separate locations in Istanbul, reported Bianet and Hurriyet Daily News Approximately 46 people were taken into custody on charges of membership […]
  • Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released Bavê Selah was released on 5 March 2011, according to Gemyakurda.net. ‘Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar, also spelled Abdulrahman Omer, and known by his artist name Bavê Selah, has received phone calls from many friends asking how he is. According to Gemyakurda.net he is fine, and he thanks […]
  • Syria: Campaign for singer who has been arrested by security agents

    NEWS 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. He […]
  • Turkey: Singer Pınar Sağ ten months in prison for praising revolutionary leader

    NEWS Turkey: Singer Pınar Sağ sentenced to ten months in prison On 27 January 2011, Turkish folk music singer Pınar Sağ was sentenced to ten months in prison for praising leftist revolutionary Ibrahim Kaypakkaya at the 2009 Traditional 9th Munzur Natur and Culture Festival in Dersim, reported Bianet.org Pınar Sağ was facing a prison sentence […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc receives 25 days prison sentence

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 27 January 2011   Turkey: Ferhat Tunç receives 25 days prison sentence   Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç, has been sentenced to 25 days in prison for a speech he made during a concert in 2006. Tunç was earlier tried and later on acquitted in the same case of charges of “spreading propaganda […]
  • Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin

    NEWS 05 January 2011 Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin In Berlin, a concert with the Kurdish artists Hozan Aydın and Şerîbana Kurdî, scheduled to take place on 19 December 2010, was prohibited in court because it was found to be celebrating the foundation of the banned militant Kurdish organisation PKK. The artists, […]
  • Turkey: Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 04 January 2011 Turkey:   Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunç   Going to court is becoming a repeatative nightmare for singer Ferhat Tunç Just before New Year 2011, the Kurdish singer found himself, once again, squeezed by the Turkish court system when The Court of Appeals 9th Chamber quashed the Malatya […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc on trial again

    NEWS Turkey: Ferhat Tunç on trial again Singer Ferhat Tunç was acquitted in the court case against him at in Malatya Criminal Court in which he was accused of communist propaganda. But Chamber 9 of the Appeal Court rejected the decision, and Tunç will now be tried again. This was reported by the Turkish Human […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted and immediately charged again

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 05 November 2010 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç acquitted – and immediately charged again One day after the court in Diyabarkir acquitted Freemuse award winner, Ferhat Tunç the Istanbul police turned up at his home today to inform the singer that he will be charged in two new cases Ferhat Tunç in a mail to […]
  • Turkey: Court case against two teenagers for singing Kurdish song

    NEWS 06 September 2010 Turkey: Court case against teenagers for singing Kurdish song Malazgirt Criminal Court have opened a court case against 18-year-old Özgür Başak and 17-year-old R.D. who are charged for singing along the Kurdish song ‘Oremar’ at the International Women’s Day event on 8 March 2009. The event was organised by BDP Malazgirt […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted

    CAMPAIGN NEWS Turkey:Ferhat Tunç acquitted Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç was acquitted this morning from the Diyarbarkir Criminal Court in Turkey. Facing a 15 year prison sentence because of a speech he made during the First Eruh-Çirav Nature Culture and Arts Festival on 15 August 2009, Tunç was tried under article 7/2 of the Anti-Terrorism […]
  • Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunc’s case

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 04 August 2010 Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunç’s case The date for the next hearing in the case against musician and Freemuse Award winner Ferhat Tunç has been set to 30 September 2010 The Diyarbakır Criminal Court oversaw the first hearing on 28 July 2010 and has announced that it […]
  • Turkey: Court sentences band to 10 months imprisonment for Kurdish song

    NEWS 27 July 2010 Turkey: Court sentences band members to 10 months imprisonment for Kurdish song The Malatya Criminal Court in Eastern Turkey has sentenced band members of Grup Munzur to 10 months imprisonment for singing a Kurdish song at a concert held in Hozat on 16 June 2008. The sentence is the second of […]
  • Turkey: Singer sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey:Singer sentenced to 10 months in prison for comments made at concert in 2009 Singer Cevdet Bağca to serve a 10 months prison term for a statement given to the crowd before his concert in the Turkish town Siirt in September 2009. The Turkish online freedom of expression platform Antenna-tr.org reports that the Diyarbakır […]
  • Freemuse appeals to Turkish Prime Minister: Dismiss Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 24 June 2010 Denmark / Turkey: Freemuse appeals to Turkish Prime Minister: Dismiss the case against Ferhat Tunç Artists, human rights activists and scholars join Freemuse in an appeal to the Turkish government for the dismissal of the latest court case against Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç. Jens Peter Bonde, a former senior […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc faces 15 years in prison

    NEWS Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç faces 15 years in prison Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç faces imprisonment of up to 15 years regarding charges of “spreading propaganda for the PKK organisation”, the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and “acting on behalf of an illegal organisation”. The charges are based on a speech Ferhat Tunç gave at the […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish music in turmoil of censorship and court cases

    NEWS 19 May 2010 Turkey: Kurdish music in turmoil of censorship and court cases A Kurdish song has been banned, and Kurdish singers are being arrested for singing – or just singing along to – specific Kurdish songs, accused of making propaganda for illegal political parties and organisations, reported the Turkish human rights organisation Association […]
  • Lebanon: Song touching ‘The Armenian question’ banned

    NEWS 03 May 2010 Lebanon: Song touching ‘The Armenian question’ banned Eileen Khatchadourian’s music video ‘Zartir Vortyag’ which touches on Armenian topics is reported to have been banned by the Lebanese General Security In the music video a mother is seen calling upon her son to go and fight the enemy, and it also includes […]
  • Turkey: One year ban and prison sentences to Kurdish music group

    NEWS Turkey: One year ban and prison sentences to Kurdish music group Diyarbakır High Criminal Court No. 4 banned 13 members of Bahar Cultural Centre from performing arts for one year, and gave them 10 months prison sentence each. The musicians and artists were charged with “violating the law on assembly and demonstrations”, and the […]
  • Turkey: A new investigation against musician Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS 16 April 2010 Turkey: A new investigation against musician Ferhat Tunç Ferhat Tunç made a formal deposition at a Public Prosecution Office due to an investigation filed against him about a speech he made at a music festival in 2009. The prosecutor at the Office of Büyükçekmece Public Prosecution Office claimed that Ferhat Tunç […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Rojda charged with 20 months imprisonment

    NEWS 29 March 2010 Turkey: Kurdish singer Rojda charged with 20 months imprisonment In a court in Diyarbakır on 25 March 2010, the Kurdish singer Rojda Şenses was charged with one year and eight months imprisonment for ‘conducting propaganda for a terrorist organisation’ in two separate concerts. Rojda Şenses testified in court in Istanbul on […]
  • Turkey: Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music

    NEWS 03 March 2010 Turkey:Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music Eight months prison sentences were issued by Turkish authorities to two police officers who beat up a 28-year-old man for playing an Ahmet Kaya song in a café, reported Antenna.tr Police officers referred to as ‘M.B.’ and ‘B.O.’ were each condemned […]
  • Turkey: Killed for singing Kurdish folk songs in bar

    NEWS Turkey: Turkey: Killed for singing Kurdish folk songs in bar Despite the easing of regulations in the context of the Democratic Initiative in Turkey, Kurds experience backlashes for using their Kurdish language. A young man, Emrah Gezer, was killed because he and his friends had been singing Kurdish folk songs in a bar Emrah […]
  • 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 […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

    NEWS 24 February 2010 Turkey:The Kurdish singer and musician Rojda has been arrested Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’ because of singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. Rojda was released within a couple of hours after her statement had been taken, reported Antenna.tr and Supportkurds.org According to Antenna.tr, Rojda […]
  • Turkey: Folk singer and poet on trial for “praising crime”

    NEWS Turkey:Folk singer and poet on trial for ‘praising crime’ Tunceli Prosecution Office has filed a case against folk singer Pınar Sağ and poet Mehmet Özcan charging them with two years prison sentences for “praising crime”. Prosecutor Halil Gümüş’s indictment states that Pınar Sağ sang a song at an open air meeting on 29 March […]
  • Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs

    NEWS Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs Seven men, including members of a wedding music band, were arrested at a Kurdish wedding party where they were singing. They are accused of singing patriotic Kurdish songs. The Kurdish organisation for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria, DAD, reported that a patrol […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sang at large rally for Alevi rights

    NEWS 09 November 2009 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç sang at large rally for Alevi rights Singer Ferhat Tunç, currently faced with several trials of freedom of speech in Turkey, was one of the artists who performed in Istanbul on 8 November 2009 in front of 200,000 people protesting for the rights of the Alevi, a religious […]
  • Turkey: Pop star both condemned and praised for political statement

    NEWS 14 September 2009 Turkey: Pop star both condemned and praised for political statement A statement in favour of a new plan on how the Turkish government should approach the Kurdish issue turned fans of the popular Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu up against her. She was defended by the Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç For […]
  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇ(Turkey) Singer and musician Ferhat Tunç from Dersim in the Kurdish part of Turkey speaks about his personal experiences with and understanding of music censorship in Turkey Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His music has been censored in […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc in his seventh court case

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç in his seventh court case Police brutality against the Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç lead to a court case — not against the police, but against the singer. By Anja Hotopp, reporting from Berlin Prison threat 4-12 years. Under this headline news agencies in Turkey report of a new scandal in the […]
  • Turkey: Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court

    NEWS Turkey:Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court On 19 March 2009, the broadcasting editor of a local radio station Dünya in Adana, southern Turkey, was acquitted in a trial brought for the airing of the Kurdish song ‘Keçe Kurdan’, reported the hunan rights organisation Antenna and the monitoring network IPS Communication Foundation, Bianet. Mehmet […]
  • Turkey: Acquitted in court case over broadcasting a Kurdish song

    NEWS Turkey: Acquitted for having broadcasted Kurdish song A Turkish court has cleared the Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer’s song ‘Mihemedo’ of an accusation of ‘inciting hatred and hostility’. Mehmet Arslan, the editor of Radio Dünya, a local radio station in Adana in southern Turkey, broadcasted the folk song ‘Mihemedo’ on 16 October 2007 – the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: Trial against two Kurdish singers

    NEWS 21 November 2008 Iran: Trial against two Kurdish singers Two Kurdish singers are allegedly to be sentenced for ‘propaganda against the [political] order’, reported Shâr News — a local news agency from the predominantly Kurdish city of Saqqez in western Iran — on 17 November 2008 The musicians Seyyed Ali Hosseini and Mohammad Zarifiyan […]
  • Turkey: Jail sentence to Kurdish folk singer

    NEWS Turkey: Jail sentence to Kurdish folk singer Folk music singer Hasan Sağlam was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment for “making terrorist propaganda” because he sang the Kurdish song ‘Vuruldu Sevdamız Kirvem’ at the Munzur Festival in Tunceli in 2007. The song’s title, ‘Vuruldu Sevdamız Kirvem’, means: ‘Our love was shot, my kirve’ — where […]
  • Turkey: Busdriver convicted for playing Kurdish song

    NEWS Turkey: Busdriver convicted for playing Kurdish song A court in Diyarbakır sentenced the busdriver Mustafa Tüzün to 10 months’ imprisonment because he played a Kurdish song in his bus. Mustafa Tüzün was accused of making terrorist propaganda, because he transmitted the song titled ‘Le Amedê’ from the loudspeakers on his bus when he was […]
  • Turkey: Arrest order for director of childrens’ choir

    NEWS Turkey: Arrest order for director of childrens’ choir Three teenagers, members of Diyarbakir Yenişehir Council Childrens’ Choir, were on trial on 19 June 2008 over performing a march-song in Kurdish at a concert in the United States. The Turkish court acquitted them, but at the same time issued an arrest order for the director […]
  • Turkey: Three children stand trial for singing a march in Kurdish

    NEWS Turkey:Three children stand trial for singing a march song Three members of a Kurdish children’s choir face prison charges by Turkish prosecutors for simply singing an old Kurdish song, reported Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Turkey on 6 June 2008. An online petition and a ‘civil disobedience action’ seek to stop the prosecution. […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc’s trial postponed again

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç’s trial postponed again On 28 May 2008 Ferhat Tunç stood trial over an article entitled ‘a revolutionaty Leyla and a song’ which was published in Özgür Gündem newspaper. But once again, the trial was postponed. Ferhat Tunç was charged with ‘insulting the judiciary’ according to Article 301 of the Turkish Penal […]
  • Finland/Sweden/Norway: The destruction of a minority’s music culture

    ARTICLE 21 April 2008 Sámi land:The destruction of a minority’s music culture As a comment to Freemuse’s interview with Sámi singer Marie Boine, ‘This music was from the devil’, the Finnish ethnomusicologist and musician Ilpo Saastamoinen shares his insight and personal experiences with the oppression and destruction of Sámi music culture.By Ilpo Saastamoinen In her […]
  • Turkey/Germany: Panel debate about Turkish censorship

    NEWS 08 April 2008 Turkey / Germany:Panel debate about Turkish censorship Protest singer Ferhat Tunç performed with his Kurdish songs and discussed music censorship in Berlin, Germany On 4 April 2008, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung organised a panel discussion with the title ‘Freedom of words – Art of Freedom’ (‘Freiheit des Wortes – Kunst der Freiheit / […]
  • Norway: Video interview with Mari Boine

    MARI BOINE(Norway) 31 March 2008 Norwegian and Sámi singer Mari Boine speaks about her personal experiences with the religious ban of joik singing. The interview was recorded when Mari Boine participated in an event in Norway to mark the annual Music Freedom Day in March 2008.  Wimpy Wasp Player Mari Boine grew up in an […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc’s next trial postponed

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç’s next trial postponed A Turkish court decided to postpone the next trial of the Turkish-Kurdish singer with five months, until May 2008. Possibly because the judge predicts that within this period the state could be changing that law according to which Ferhat Tunç is accused. In October 2007 singer Ferhat Tunç […]
  • Denmark: Exiled Kurdish singer awarded

    NEWS 05 December 2007 Denmark:Exiled Kurdish singer awarded On 29 November 2007 the Danish Refugee Council awarded Mizgin, a Kurdish refugee musician based in Denmark, with an ‘Artist Award’ and 5,000 US dollars. Mizgin said she would be happy to receive the award “on behalf of the Kurdish musicians who have lost their lives in […]
  • Turkey: Radio station to court for playing a song

    NEWS 15 November 2007 Turkey:Radio station to court for playing a song Gün Radio is taken to court for a song entitled ‘Mesopotamia’, which was played by the station on 9 November 2006. Based on the translation and report of the police department, the radio station’s former executive editor, Cemal Dogan, faces trial under Article […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc threatened in the virtual world

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç threatened in the virtual world Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç was acquitted in a trial in Izmir in October 2007, but he says that he has never before felt as unsafe in Turkey as he does now. Death threats against him are published on the internet, and on 13 December he must […]
  • Ferhat Tunc campaign 2007

    DROP THE CASEAGAINST FERHAT TUNÇ 02 October 2007 The case of Ferhat Tunç Musician on trial for remarks on Kurdish issue Turkish-Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç is known for his critical remarks about the Kurdish issue in Turkey. On 4 October 2007 he faces yet another trial because of a remark he said during a concert […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc acquitted

    NEWS 04 October 2007 Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç acquitted The Turkish-Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç could leave Izmir High Criminal Court as a free man on 4 October 2007. The Freemuse delegation succeeded its mission When the court stated that there was nothing criminal in what Ferhat Tunç had said, his large group of supporters attending the […]
  • Turkey: EU Commission to observe Tunc

    NEWS Turkey:EU Commission to observe Tunç Trial The case against Ferhat Tunç has taken an international political direction. Senior Political Advisor Ms Selma Kiliçer from the EU Commission office in Ankara will observe the trial and thus join EU Parliamentarian Mr Jens Peter Bonde and the Freemuse delegation. The court case and the presence of […]
  • Freemuse Press Statement: Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGNS 01 October 2007 Freemuse Press Statement:Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunç This stamement has been sent by e-mail to more than 300 selected media houses and journalists. Freemuse, The World Forum on Music & Censorship, regret that Turkey continues censoring and prosecuting its artists and intellectuals during a time when Turkey’s Human Rights and […]
  • Turkey: Delegation in support of Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS 27 September 2007 Turkey: Delegation in support of Ferhat Tunç EU-politician and famous Danish musician join Freemuse delegation, travelling to attend the court case in Turkey against Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç on 4 October 2007. When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court in Izmir on 4 October, the court […]
  • Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir

    PRESS RELEASE Leading member of the European Parliament joins Freemuse at Ferhat Tunç court case in Izmir next week [This Freemuse press release was sent via e-mail to 312 journalists and media houses world-wide on Thursday 27 September 2007 at 16:11 GMT] When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court on […]
  • Turkey: A personal letter from musician Ferhat Tunc

    ARTIST STATEMENT Turkey:“The values that made me Ferhat Tunç” Kurdish-Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç was appointed ‘Freemuse ambassador’ in September 2007. In this personal letter from him, he explains about his relationship with the organisation, and what the new appointment means to him. By Ferhat Tunç On the fourth anniversary of my acquaintance with Freemuse, I […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc: “I will continue my struggle”

    ARTIST STATEMENT Turkey:Ferhat Tunç: “I will continue my struggle” Despite death threats and continuous court cases, Kurdish-Turkish singer and writer Ferhat Tunç continues to critise the Turkish court system and the government. In this statement of his, Tunç says: “I am not an artist who sings poppy songs… and I will cry out the reality of this […]
  • Turkey: Deceased Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya still controversial

    NEWS Turkey:Deceased Kurdish singer is still controversial Turkish artist Ahmet Kaya (1957–2000) remains controversial seven years after his death. On 4 June 2007 three people in Adapazarı were attacked for wearing a T-shirt with the printing of ‘Ahmet Kaya’ The argument developed into a lynch attempt, reported the Turkish human rights organisation Freedom of Expression […]
  • Turkey: Two musicians sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer on trial for praising rebel leader

    NEWS Turkey:Kurdish singer on trial for praising rebel leader On 22 May 2007 a prosecutor demanded that the Kurdish singer Xemgin Birhat be sentenced to five years in prison for performing a song that praises imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan Xemgin Birhat (real name: Zülfü Kızıldemir) was detained in March 2007 after performing his […]
  • Turkey: Two musicians sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Iran: ‘Half Moon’ – film about women’s right to sing

    FILMS Iran:Film about women’s right to sing ‘Half Moon’ is a feature film which talks of women’s right to perform in public, and to participate in the artistic development of a land They jump into an orange mini bus and begin the search for a female singer who will join their company – which is […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc informed about death threat with two months delay

    NEWS 10 April 2007 Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç informed about death threat with two months delay “It is us who have killed Hırant Dink. Now it’s time to kill Osman Baydemir, Metin Tekçe and Ferhat Tunç. Secure them if you can,” read an e-mail which was delivered to the Turkish Police on 24 January 2007, right […]
  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇSinger and composer (Turkey) “In total, if you add all the court cases against me, that will add up to 10 and a half years imprisonment – if they all come to pass. But in spite of all this censorship, we continue to sing, we continue to express our thoughts and views…” Ferhat Tunç […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being implemented in countries all […]
  • Sivan Perwer

    SIVAN PERWER(Turkey / Kurdistan) Sivan Perwer is arguably the best known Kurdish folk musician, known as ‘The master of piercing and outspoken Middle Eastern songs’. In this interview, recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2006, he speaks about ‘the power of music’, the role of the musician in a political context, and about how and […]
  • Freemuse.org: Focus on artists from the Middle East

    NEWS Freemuse.org:Videocamera focus on artists from the Middle East Watch the new video interviews on www.freemuse.org During the ‘Images of the Middle East’ festival in Denmark in August-September 2006, Freemuse recorded video interviews with… • Turkish-Kurdish folk singer  Sivan Perwer• Palestinian-Israeli singer Kamilya Jubran• Lebanese Death Metal band Oath to Vanquish• Lebanese-French rapper and composer Clotaire K• Also, […]
  • Turkey: Government accused of “cultural genocide”

    NEWS 27 October 2006 Turkey:Government accused of “cultural genocide” in Kurdish region In a 46-pages article, a British author describes the situation in the Kurdish region of Turkey as a “cultural genocide” and states that in numerous cases the new anti-terror law in Turkey is being misused against freedom of expression By Freemuse “It needs to […]
  • Turkey: Supporters of Kurdish tv station criminalised

    NEWS Turkey:Supporters of Kurdish tv station criminalised 56 Kurdish mayors who stood up for Danish-based Kurdish Roj TV have gone on trial in Turkey, charged with aiding and abetting the outlawed terrorist organisation Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) 45 of the mayors attended the opening hearing in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated south-east, reports BBC News. […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s case sent to higher court

    NEWS Turkey:Ferhat Tunç’s case sent to higher court At a criminal court hearing on 15 September 2006, musician Ferhat Tunç and a group of human right activists and reporters who might face up to three years in prison, had their case sent to a higher court By N. Galen Musician Ferhat Tunç and a group […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer prohibited from travelling

    NEWS Turkey: Kurdish singer prohibited from travelling Kurdish singer Selda Bağcan was stopped by Turkish authorities from travelling to Canada for a concert, reports Kurdish Info In the 1970’s when she released her first record, Kurdish singer Selda Bağcan was considered Turkey’s answer to Joan Baez. She became famous as an outspoken protest singer from […]
  • Turkey: New sound of Kurdish music after ban was lifted

    ARTICLE Turkey:New sound of Kurdish music after ban was lifted It was only four years ago that the last remaining bans were lifted that had held back Kurdish music. But since then a lot has happened. Aynur Dogan, once banned because of her Kurdish ethnicity, is perhaps the most recognizable of many Kurdish singers who […]
  • Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP’s

    ACTIVITY 01 February 2006 Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP’s On 1 February 2006, Ferhat Tunç met leading parliamentarians and high level representatives from Amnesty, Pen and Danish Arts organisations during a hectic two day stay in Copenhagen The stay culminated with a public meeting held on the premises of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. The […]
  • 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: Singer Ferhat Tunc receives death threats

    NEWS 09 January 2006 Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç receives death threats   After it was published in Turkish media that Ferhat Tunç has taken part in a human rights campaign the singer has received death threaths through phone calls, e-mails and on various internet websites   By Sanar Yurdatapan  Singer Ferhat Tunç has stated that he has […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc appeared in court

    NEWS 30 December 2005 Turkey:Ferhat Tunç appeared in court The case was not settled, but adjourned to 31 May 2006 The trial of artist Ferhat Tunç for an article, “A Revolutionary Leyla And A Song”, which he wrote in Özgür Gündem newspaper, continued on 28 December 2005 at 10:00 at the Beyoğlu 2nd Criminal Court of […]
  • Ferhat Tunc campaign 2005

    DROP THE CASEAGAINST FERHAT TUNÇ 06 December 2005 Musicians join Freemuse in appeal to Turkish Government Freemuse is launching an international campaign requesting the Turkish State to drop its case against singer Ferhat Tunç who is to appear in court on December 28, 2005. If convicted, he will face one to three years of imprisonment. In a […]
  • 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 […]
  • Turkish musician of Laz minority refused by public tv

    NEWS Turkish musician of Laz minority refused from public tv A musician from Turkey’s Laz minority group says the country’s public television has refused to allow him to perform his songs The Laz musician Birol Topaloglu was refused to perform his songs in the Laz language because a tv producer claimed that new Turkish laws adopting […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc case postponed

    NEWS Ferhat Tunç case postponedFerhat Tunç’s hearing on the 2nd of December 2004 is postponed to 9th of March 2005, for the purpose of gathering additional documents. Ferhat Tunç stated in his defense that he did not mean to insult the court and that he only meant to criticise. He said that he was upset […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc again to appear before court

    NEWS Turkey: Ferhat Tunç again to appear before courtSinger Ferhat Tunç, will be tried due to article 159 of the (former Turkish Penal Code) because of using the phrase “deep judiciary” in an article he wrote to daily GÜNDEM. The 1st hearing will be held on December 2nd, 2004, 09.30 at Istanbul, Beyoğlu First Instance […]
  • Meet the banned! Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)

    WOMEX 2004 Meet the banned! Freemuse conference session on music censorship in Turkey, with Şanar Yurdatapan, Turkey (artist, human rights activist) and Ferhat Tunç, Turkey (artist). Conference session abstractIn July 2003 singer and human rights activist Ferhat Tunç was sentenced to three months in prison. This was not the first time the Turkish authorities had […]

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