• Malaysia: Artist released on bail; investigation pending

    Malaysian artist Namewee was released on bail in Penang on 25 August 2016 after four days in detention over charges that a recent video he starred in, directed and produced allegedly insulted Islam, reported Reuters on 25 August 2016. Penang district police chief Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said they have referred the case to the Penang […]
  • Chile/USA: Former military officer convicted for murdering singer Victor Jara

    On 27 June 2016, a jury in Orlando, USA, ordered the former Chilean military officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez to pay US$28 million in damages to Chilean singer Victor Jara’s widow and daughters. The court found the 67-year-old former senior military officer, who lives in the US, liable for the torture and murder of the […]
  • Turkey: Baby donkeys, insults and presidents

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is notorious for bringing thousands of his citizens, including many artists, up on insult charges ever since he took power in 2014. Freemuse continues to report on the president’s repression of artistic expression; and while he currently tries to force another country – Germany – to do the same on his behalf, artists […]
  • Iran: Two musicians and a filmmaker sentenced

    Branch 54 of the Tehran Appeals Court has issued their final judgment on Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, sentencing each of the three artists to three years in prison, three years probation and a 200 million rial (about  USD 6,600) fine, reported the Human Rights Activists News Agency on 29 February 2016. According to a source of […]
  • India: Singer prosecuted for song critical of state government

    Arrested for singing a song critical of the government of the South Indian state Tamil Nadu, folk singer and activist Kovan has now been released on bail. His arrest is part of a larger crackdown on activism and freedom of expression, reports Lakshimi Sarah At the end of October 2015, the 52-year-old singer S. Kovan […]
  • Morocco: Prosecuted rapper cleared of all charges

    The Moroccan rapper Al Muntaqim was arrested in August 2015 accused of inciting violence and drug abuse through his song ‘Korsika’. On 9 December 2015 the court cleared him of all charges. In August 2015, the Public Prosecution at the Court of First Instance in Khenifra city in Morocco instructed the judicial police to immediately […]
  • Iran: Music distributors await appeal decision for six years in prison

    Two musicians and a filmmaker who were jointly sentenced to six years in prison and fined 200 million toman (about USD 66,650) each for “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state,” are awaiting a ruling by a Tehran appeals court, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mehdi Rajabian, a musician […]
  • 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 […]
  • Morocco: Rapper prosecuted over song deemed insulting

    The Moroccan rapper Al Muntaqim was arrested in August 2015 and accused of inciting violence and drug abuse through his song ‘Korsika’. He has since been released, but his court case is still pending. In August 2015, the Public Prosecution at the Court of First Instance in Khenifra city in Morocco instructed the judicial police […]
  • Uganda: Singer’s ‘pornography’ prosecution

    In February 2014, the Ugandan government implemented a new pornography law – the Anti-Pornography Act. Half a year later, in September 2014, the 20-year-old Ugandan pop singer Jemimah Kansiime published a music video for which, under the new law, she was arrested and prosecuted. In May 2015, the story went around that world that Kansiime […]
  • Zambia: Singer Pilato detained and prosecuted for song about president

    In Zambia, the popular satirical singer Pilato (real name: Chama Fumba) is being prosecuted because of a song he wrote, entitled ‘Alungu Anabwela’. Officials said the song defamed President Edgar Lungu by accusing him of drinking too much and being incompetent. Police said that the song could “provoke public clashes”. Pilato was arrested on 8 […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot appeals to European court

    According to Moscow Times on 25 May 2015, two members of the female protest group Pussy Riot have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after Russian police failed to prosecute a group of men who attacked them with a whip and pepper spray in front of witnesses in 2014. Pussy Riot members Nadezhda […]
  • 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: Music video under criminal investigation

    Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Press Offences Bureau has started an examination of a music video prepared by Art Assembly member artists with the slogan “Stop life on 11 March for Berkin,” for the memory of Berkin Elvan, who died nine months after being injured during the Gezi Park protests. The artists who prepared the […]
  • France: Verdict of three years imprisonment to rapper in Marseilles

    The court in Marseilles summoned the French-Algerian rapper Lacrim (real name: Karim Zenoud), but he didn’t show up in court. He was consequently given status as a fugitive and sentenced in absentia to three years imprisonment. Lacrim was charged in court because of the video for his song ‘Viens, je t’emmène’, in which he uses […]
  • Russia: Creators of ‘offensive’ Wagner opera acquitted

    Two men who went on trial in Russia on 4 March 2015 over their staging of Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ opera, which a senior Orthodox cleric complained was offensive to religious believers, were acquitted in court on 10 March 2015. One month after criminal proceedings launched into ‘blasphemous’ Tannhauser, officials rule production did not break any […]
  • Russia: Supreme Court upholds sentence against Pussy Riot members

    Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to review the sentence of the Pussy Riot punk band members, the court’s press office told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI). The court dismissed an appeal filed by the band member Yekaterina Samutsevich seeking reversal of the verdict. Pussy Riot’s legal case timeline: • In February 2012, five young […]
  • 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) […]
  • Egypt: Singer prosecuted for protesting

    Singer Mohamed Attia is being prosecuted for “incitement of violence” as he had protested against a court’s ruling to acquit Mubarak, reported Dina al-Shibeeb in Al Arabiya News on 25 January 2015. An Egyptian lawyer, Hisham Ibrahim, had filed a legal case against the famed actor Khaled Abu al-Naga and singer Mohamed Attia with the […]
  • Turkey: Charges against musician of insult to prime minister

    On 16 January 2015 an investigation was opened against folk music artist Kutsal Evcimen because of insulting prime minister of the time, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with the folk song ‘Satın Eşek Sıpaları’ which he sang – and with a short speech he made – during Malatya 11th International Arguvan Folk Music Festival. The Initiative for Free Expression […]
  • New Zealand: Musician takes ban of his satirical song to court

    New Zealand blues singer Darren Watson has taken the country’s Electoral Commission to court to try and reverse a ban on his satirical song ‘Planet Key’. The commision told him to stop promoting and selling the song, which makes fun of Prime Minister John Key, or face prosecution. A hearing in New Zealand’s High Court […]
  • Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court

    The procecutor had asked for six months imprisonment to the rapper Fou Malade but eventually, the judge didn’t listen to him and gave him his freedom. Fou Malade – whose real name is Almamy Malal Talla – was detained after having delivered a speech where he said some controversial remarks about the Senegalese Minister of Interior […]
  • Senegal: Rapper faces six months in prison for criticising authorities

    On 19 June 2014, at a ceremony in the suburbs of Dakar on the mobilisation against drugs, Fou Malade, one of the rappers from the Y’en a marre movement (‘Enough’s enough’), said aloud to the Senegalese Minister of Interior and to the Director General of Police what everyone thinks quietly. His remarks led him straight […]
  • Morocco: Heated discussions as El Haqed trial continues

    The trial against Moroccan rapper El Haked was once again postponed after a court meeting in Casablanca on Tuesday 17 June 2014. The next and seventh hearing will be on Tuesday 24 June 2014. The sixth hearing on 17 June took several hours and lasted till late in the evening. Once again, the exchanges were […]
  • Morocco: Rapper in trial that seems to never end

    Within just one week, the Moroccan rapper El Haqed has appeared twice at the trial court of Ain Sebaa, Casablanca. After which the trial was postpone once again, this time until Tuesday 17 June 2014. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca Accused of illegal ticket sales, of being influenced by alcohol in public and of […]
  • Turkey: Imam given go ahead to make rock‘n’roll

    A Turkish imam, Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, has been allowed to rock on after the country’s powerful religious authorities gave him the green light to continue playing in his band after a nine-month investigation. Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, a Muslim religious leader from a tiny hamlet on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, was investigated by the Diyanet, the state […]
  • Morocco: El Haqed’s hearing postponed

    On 5 June 2014, Mouad Belghouate, the Moroccan rapper known as El Haqed or Lhaqed, passed by the trial court of Ain Sebaa in Casablanca, Morocco, for the third time since his arrest on 18 May 2014. Freemuse attended the hearing. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca At the entrance of the building, plain clothes […]
  • Cuba: Punk rocker Gorki reportedly again faces years in prison

    On 30 September 2013, Cuban punk rocker Gorki Luis Aguila Carrasco, lead singer of the band Porno para Ricardo, was arrested. On a citation for summary judgement dated 27 January 2014, Gorki has now been called to attend a summary trial on 11 February 2014. Exiled Cuban bloggers and reporters are all convinced that the […]
  • Turkey: ‘Rock‘n’roll Imam’ under investigation

    Turkish authorities are investigating whether the imam of a Mediterranean mosque, Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, can continue his rock band, or whether the genre is incompatible with Islam. “I have heard that the decision will come in two to three weeks,” Tuzer said by telephone from Pinarkoy. Whatever the verdict will be, “I will continue to […]
  • Yemen: 18 months in prison for ‘insulting the president’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Yemen:18 months in prison for ‘insulting the president’ The popular Yemeni singer and performer Fahd al-Qarni is said to have insulted the president and the ruling party, and for this he recieved a sentence of one year and a half in prison as well as a fine of 500.000 Yemeni Riyals (2,500 US […]
  • France: Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’

    NEWS France:Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’ For the last six years one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, has been locked in a legal battle against current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. On 3 June 2008, the fourth trial took place, pitting one of the band members, Hamé, against the Ministry of […]
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist The defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaper which interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer was convicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August. By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s […]
  • Ethiopia: Three witnesses testify in musician’s trial

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Three witnesses testify in musician’s trial Singer Teddy Afro, who was arrested by the authorities last month for a hit and run accident back in November 2006, appeared in court on 21 May 2008. This fifth hearing allowed the prosecution to introduce its key witnesses to the court. By Tsigue Shiferaw – […]
  • Algeria: Singer imprisoned for song which mocks police

    29-year-old Algerian raï singer Cheb Fayçal appeared in court before the Attorney General in Oran on 2 May 2013 where he was sentenced to six months in prison. He is prosecuted for having performed a song that poked fun at the police and mentions the name of its top official, Abdelghani Hamel. Cheb Faiçal (real […]
  • Russia: Interview with released Pussy Riot member

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:First interview with released Pussy Riot member Index on Censorship had the exclusive opportunity to interview Pussy Riot member Ekatrina Samutsevich who was freed by a Moscow court on 10 October 2012. The interview took place during the same week as Samutsevich’s friends and fellow band mates Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison On 10 October 2012, a Moscow appeals court freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, 30-year-old Ekaterina Samutsevitsj, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others who are to serve remainder of their sentences in penal colony. All […]
  • Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong##   Freemuse annual statistics: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012   Freemuse has compiled statistics presenting a glimpse of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2012. A total number of 173 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered. The cases include 6 artists being killed, […]
  • After Pussy Riot, artists must stand for each other, everywhere

    FREEMUSE COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## AFTER PUSSY RIOT:Artists must stand for each other, everywhere It’s impossible to know yet whether the wave of international support received by the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot during their just completed trial impacted the verdict in any way. But it’s clear that the plight of the three young women who now […]
  • Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa On 14 February 2013, The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in Mexico found that Sinaloa’s governor, Mario Lopez Valdez, had exceeded his powers when he created a legislation which banned public performances of ‘narcocorridos’, drug ballads. The court reversed the decision of […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Pussy Riot found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison On 17 August 2012, the three members of the punk collective Pussy Riot received guilty verdicts and were each sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. According to the judge, they had “deeply insulted the faith of believers with their disrespectful criminal act […]
  • Morocco: Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:Popular musicians silent about imprisoned rapper In Morocco the rapper El Haked is in prison since May 2012 for his highly political lyrics – but so far very few popular musicians are speaking out about this, writes author Mark LeVine in this commentary based on his recent personal experiences together with musicians at a festival in Fez. […]
  • Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian musician

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian singer In a letter to the Iranian authorities, world renowned artists join Freemuse in a protest against the imprisonment of their Iranian colleague Arya Aramnejad.   The artists’ appeal letter [PDF] Singer Lapiro de Mbanga, who successfully ran a case against Cameroon in The United Nations […]
  • Russia: Prosecutor seeks three years sentence for members of Pussy Riot

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Prosecutor seeks three years sentence for members of Pussy Riot On the seventh day of the legal proceedings in Moscow, the prosecutor called for a three year prison sentence for Pussy Riot band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich. The three women, detained since March 2012 for staging a music […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad once again in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad once again in prison Singer Arya Aramnejad has once again been imprisoned. In the end of December 2012, he was requested to present himself in a prison, and the artist is now serving a 91 days sentence. Freemuse has — once again — protested against the imprisonment of the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2011

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Annual Statistics: Freedom of musical expression violations in 2011 Freemuse has compiled statistics to present an overview of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2011. This is a geographical presentation of musicians who were: – killed– injured, tortured or physically attacked– imprisoned- arrested or on trial– threatened– and concerts that were stopped. […]
  • India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence The Indian super-hit song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ should be banned for its violent lyrics that “incite aggression”, stated a public interest litigation petition filed before the Kerala High Court. The song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ is one of the most popular […]
  • Bahrain: Campaign for woman convicted for listening to ‘revolutionary’ music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Campaign for woman convicted for listening to ‘revolutionary’ music Fadhila Mubarak’s 18-month prison sentence for protesting and listening to ‘revolutionary’ music was upheld by the Court of Cassation in Bahrain’s capital Manama on 30 January 2012. Amnesty International has opened a letter campaign for her release. Fadhila Mubarak was arrested on 20 […]
  • Iran: Arya – the Victor Jara of my homeland

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Arya – the Victor Jara of my Homeland The Aljazeera website recently ran an article which suggested the Arab Spring has also realised the magical power of music, so much so that it is voicing its protest through different styles of music, from folk music to Hip Hop. This is how a singer […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again On 8 November 2011 singer Arya Aramnejad was arrested when his home was raided by intelligence agents. According to news agencies and bloggers, Arya Aramnejad was beaten by the agents, handcuffed and then taken to an unknown location. The violent arrest of singer and composer Arya Aramnejad took […]
  • Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper

    NEWS 22 December 2011 Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper Several web sites has published a call for immediate release of rapper & pro-democracy activist Mouad « L7a9d » Belghouate: “December 20, 2011 On September the 9th, 2011 Mouad Belghouate, 24, aka « L7a9d », rap artist, was arrested on charges of assault and […]
  • 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: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs Freemuse has received information that Iranian authorities started new prosecution against the popular 28-year-old Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was recently released after his second term in prison. The singer has allegedly received information that he has been given a one-year prison sentence. Security […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro back in court Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s […]
  • Press release: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations Cameroon supports football team but persecutes artists The international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga on June 16 filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal […]
  • Russia: Rock critic faces prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Rock critic faces prison The Russian rock critic and cultural commentator Art Troitsky (Artemy Troitsky) is in court facing four lawsuits, including a two-year prison sentence for “criminal slander”, for being too outspoken for modern Kremlin sensibilities. “Having four lawsuits against me and being forced to go to court twice every week […]
  • South Africa: Anti-apartheid song declared ‘hate speech’

    NEWS 13 September 2011 South Africa: Anti-apartheid song declared ‘hate speech’ by high court On 12 September 2011, South Africa’s high court banned the ruling ANC party from singing the old anti-apartheid song ‘Shoot the Boer’, and the controversial leader of ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, who has made the song his signature tune, was […]
  • Mozambique: Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mozambique: Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested On 30 July 2011, rapper and musician Azagaia was arrested by the Police of Criminal Investigation. The arrest took place a few hours before a concert where Azagaia was going to release a new video called ‘A Minha Gera Video interview The hip-hop artist, rapper and sociologist Azagaia […]
  • Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings Vocalist and guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of the Polish heavy metal band Behemoth was formally charged on 8 March 2010 for insulting Roman Catholics. If found guilty, Darski faces up to two years in prison. Adam Darski made headlines in Poland in September […]
  • Rwanda: Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rwanda / Tanzania: Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber On 18 March 2010, singer Simon Bikindi’s conviction and sentence of 15 years in prison was affirmed by the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. On 2 December 2008, Trial Chamber III found Simon Bikindi — a […]
  • Cameroon / USA: American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro de Mbanga A team of four lawyers from a law firm in the United States are preparing a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. They argue that by keeping Lapiro de Mbanga imprisoned, Cameroon is violating international law. The lawyers […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations On 16 June 2010, the international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal team hopes to obtain […]
  • Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro free at last On 13 August 2009 at around 5 PM quietly outside the high court in Lideta in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro was finally released from prison. Freemuse caught up with him the following day at this mother’s home, where he gave this short interview. Reggae […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 03 July 2009 Cameroon:Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case Dr Hilaire Kamga is president of NHRC, New Human Rights Cameroon. He says: “This was an unfair trial. Now there must be lobbying actions.” By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon Freemuse: What are your impressions, now after Lapiro’s judgement? Hilaire Kamga: […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court

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

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro Lapiro de Mbanga’s sentence of three years imprisonment and the fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. In addition, more than FCFA 500,000 was added to the singer’s fine. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in […]
  • Uganda: Two songs banned for ‘defamation’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Uganda: Two songs banned for ‘defamation’ Two songs by musician Mathias Walukagga – a prominent ‘kadongo kamu’ artist in Uganda’s capital Kampala – was banned from being played or distributed as from 3 November 2009 on the pretext that they were meant to demean and belittle a prominent business man in Kampala, Ssalongo […]
  • Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

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

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incident On 5 December 2008 it was announced that the popular Ethiopian reggae singer and opposition political icon Teddy Afro has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and an 18,000 Br fine for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in which an […]
  • Turkey: Pianist Fazil Say sentenced for Twitter posts

    World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say was given a 10 month suspended jail sentence for blasphemy by the 19th Criminal Court in Istanbul on April 15 2013 after retweeting an ancient poem on Twitter. Fazil Say, 42, was found guilty of violating Article 216 (3) of the Turkish Criminal Code, which prohibits  the ‘denigration of the […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga

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

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

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Two musicians in hiding from police Two musicians who are facing charges for singing songs that are ‘sensitive’ failed to appear in court, and now a Harare magistrate court has issued a warrant of arrest for them. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Harare  Happison Mabika, 32, and Patience Takaona, 28, did […]
  • Chile: New evidence lead to reopening of Victor Jara case

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Chile:New evidence lead to reopening of Victor Jara’s murder case On 3 June 2008 a Chilean judge reopened the murder case of folk singer Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed in 1973, reported Reuters from Santiago. Judge Juan Eduardo Fuentes reversed his decision of three weeks ago to close the investigation of […]
  • Zimbabwe: Duo have to come back to court in June

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Duo have to come back to court in June A Harare magistrate has remanded out of custody two musicians who are facing charges of singing songs that are ‘sensitive’. The Magistrate told a court full of relatives and friends of the deadlocked duo of Happison Mabika (32) and Patience Takaona (28) that they […]
  • Ethiopia: Popular protest singer imprisoned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Popular protest singer imprisoned On 16 April 2008 the Ethiopian reggae singer Teddy Afro was suddenly arrested and charged with causing the death of a young man in a hit-and-run traffic accident in November 2006. ‘Why Teddy Afro and why now?’ his fans ask. Teddy Afro’s song ‘Jah Yasteseryal’ (which translates to […]
  • Ethiopia: No release for singer Teddy Afro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: No release for singer Teddy Afro Singer Teddy Afro is still imprisoned after he appeared in court again on 4 July 2008. “This is a political trial, where the authorities are framing a popular singer,” writes Tsigue Shiferaw By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s reporter in Addis Ababa On Friday 4 July 2008, […]
  • Zimbabwe: Two men arrested for listening to banned music album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Arrested for listening to banned music album Job of a secret police officer in Zimbabwe now hangs in balance. His offence: he was linked to music that is deemed to be ‘sensitive’ by president Robert Mugabe’s regime By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Harare  Joram Chikomwe, a police detective with the Criminal […]
  • Zimbabwe: Singing for the opposition is a crime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Singing for the opposition is a crime Five days imprisonment and a possible custodial sentence has not deterred two Zimbabwean protest singers from continuing to sell their new album, but they have had to go into hiding. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare Happison Handson Mabika, 32, and Patience Takaona, 28, […]
  • Nigeria: Actor jailed for releasing an uncensored music video

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  • Chile: Arrest order issued for the killers of singer Victor Jara

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  • Uzbek singer on trial for song about massacre

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  • La Rumeur: accused of inciting violence

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  • Freemuse report on music censorship in Zimbabwe

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  • Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

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  • Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time

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  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban

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  • Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues

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  • Turkey: ‘Silencing Music in Turkey 2012’ – an 18-pages leaflet

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  • 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: Acclaimed pianist charged for blasphemy

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  • 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: 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 […]
  • Turkey: Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album

    ARTICLE Turkey:Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album Turkish rock musician Yaşar Kurt’s dissident song, ‘Korku’, released in the late 1990s, resulted in his trial for treason where he was acquitted from a 12 years’ prison charge, he told the Hürriyet Daily News. Kurt also stands as a highly symbolic figure for […]
  • Turkey: 10 months in prison for chanting slogans at a concert

    NEWS 18 October 2011 Turkey: 10 months in prison for chanting slogans at a concert A 10 months sentence to three young men who had been chanting slogans at a Grup Yorum concert in Dersim in 2007 was confirmed by Supreme Court’s 9th Office, Circuit 9, reported ANF News Agency and several other news sources […]
  • Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs

    NEWS Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs Raziye Kızıl (also known as Gazin) was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two Kurdish songs and thereby “making propaganda for an illegal organisation”. A second trial against her now carries an extra five-year prison threat, reported BİA News Center […]
  • 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: 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: Court acquitted singers charged with insulting the president

    NEWS Turkey: Court acquitted singers charged with insulting the president The 16 members of the Beyoğlu Troupe of Actors were sued by Prime Minister Erdoğan on the grounds of the lyrics of a song they performed. On 8 June 2011 they were acquitted, reported BİA News Center. The 16 members of the Beyoğlu Troupe of […]
  • Turkey: New court case against Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS Turkey: Freemuse: New court case against Ferhat Tunç is ‘copy-pasted’ The pattern is well known by now. As soon as the Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç has been acquitted, a new court case is being opened against him. The Turkish courts appear to be ‘copy-pasting’ cases against the popular singer, and the agenda is allegedly […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Meanwhile in Turkey, musicians are persecuted

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY Turkey: Singer: musicians in Turkey are being repressed and persecuted “Music Freedom Day — what freedom? You said musicians would be free? They prosecute us for our words when we speak, and for our songs when we sing,”says Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç. He wrote this article to Freemuse as a personal comment […]
  • Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students

    NEWS Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students A trial against 16 members of the Beyoglu Troupe of Actors filed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan started on 21 January 2011, and was postponed to 25 March 2011. The university students are charged with “insult” in connection with the lyrics of a song […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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: Musician faces four years imprisonment

    NEWS 20 September 2010 Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment The Turkish folk music artist Pınar Sağ faces imprisonment of a total of four years for allegedly praising leftist revolutionary İbrahim Kaypakkaya and for criticizing the killing of 17 people by security forces. Pinar Sağ said in her defence: “I advocated for peace”. This was […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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: 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: 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 […]
  • Chile: Ex-soldier confessed to shooting singer Victor Jara

    NEWS 08 June 2009 Chile:Ex-soldier confessed to shooting singer Victor Jara On 26 May 2009 a former army conscript, José Adolfo Paredes Márquez, confessed his involvement in the assassination of the popular folk singer Victor Jara — 35 years after the torture and murder of the renowned Chilean folk singer 54-year-old ex-soldier José Adolfo Paredes […]
  • 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 […]
  • Turkey: Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks

    NEWS 06 January 2009 Turkey:Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks Singer and tv host Bülent Ersoy has been acquitted of charges against her for having made anti-military remarks during a tv programme broadcasted on 24 February 2008. Bülent Ersoy was charged with “alienating people from military service” over her remarks at the show Popstar Alaturka […]
  • France: Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges

    NEWS 25 September 2008 France:Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges On 23 September 2008, Mohamed Bourokba, known as Hamé, was acquitted. The verdict brings to an end one of France’s most protracted and symbolic libel cases which during the last six years has locked one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, in a […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

    CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee […]
  • Cameroon: Singer taken to court in chains

    NEWS 15 July 2008 Cameroon:Singer taken to court in chains One of Cameroon’s best-known singers was in chains when he was brought to a court room on 9 July 2008, accused of causing anti-government riots in February. Lapiro de Mbanga’s case, however, was adjourned to 23 July. Another arrested musician, Joe La Conscience, was released […]
  • Turkey: Singer Bulent Ersoy taken to court

    NEWS 19 May 2008 Turkey:Singer Bülent Ersoy taken to court The famous transsexual singer Bülent Ersoy has been charged for “alienating the people from military service”. Bakırköy public prosecutor Ali Çakır asked for three year prison sentence for singer Bülent Ersoy because of what she said in the Turkish tv show ‘Popstar Alaturka’ where she […]
  • 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 […]

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