• Venezuela: Singer received death threat from parliamentarian

    Venezuelan singer Oscarcito (real name: Oscar Eduardo Hernández Villegas) received a death threat over social media by Member of Parliament Juan Díaz who told the singer to wear a bulletproof vest at his concerts because he would “roll” [Latin American expression denoting “to die”] in one of them, reported El Nacional on 24 April 2017. […]
  • Tunisia: British DJ sentenced to jail for playing dance version of Muslim prayer

    A Tunisian court sentenced British DJ Dax J to a year in jail for “public indecency” and “offending public morality” after playing a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer on 31 March 2017 at the ORBIT Festival in the north eastern coastal town of Nabeul, reported BBC on 7 April 2017. The Bristish-born, […]
  • Mexico: Narcocorrido musician killed for singing to the wrong cartel

    On 3 March 2017, Rolando Arellano Sánchez, a member of the narcocorrido band Contacto, was shot and killed by cartel members who were waiting for him outside the house of another member of the band in Tijuana city, reported Univision on 5 March 2017. Sánchez, the 22-year-old guitarist and back-up vocalist of the band, was […]
  • India: Two female singers threatened by radicals and clerics

    As many as 46 clerics and Islamic organisations in the north-eastern state of Assam issued a fatwa banning teen female singer Nahid Afrin from singing at a musical show on 25 March. The fatwa comes just days after reports revealed that another female singer, Suhana Syed, has been receiving threats from radical Islamists for singing […]
  • Iran: Musician and filmmaker attacked and threatened in prison

    On 5 March 2017, the Center for Human Rights in Iran reported that musician Mehdi Rajabian and filmmaker Keyvan Karimi have been beaten and threatened by other inmates in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison while being imprisoned in the ward for political prisoners. According to the organisation, authorities are violating the law by refusing to move […]
  • Israel: Gazan singer on conditional release by Hamas authorities

    On 25 January 2017, Hamas authorities in Gaza released singer-comedian Adel al-Mashwakhi on bail after having been arrested and in prison since 11 January 2017 for a video he posted on his Facebook page, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune on 26 January 2017. Al-Mashwakhi said his release was conditional upon him no longer making “politically flavoured” […]
  • Pakistan: Singer interrupts show to rescue woman from harassment

    Pakistani singer and actor Atif Aslam briefly stopped his concert in Karachi on 14 January 2017 to rescue a female audience member who was being harassed by having security staff pull her up on stage and finding her a safer place to enjoy the show, reported Hindustan Times on 16 January 2017. Aslaf issued a […]
  • Azerbaijan: Rapper’s family detained over music video

    Azerbaijani authorities detained rapper Jamal Ali’s mother, uncle and two cousins for four days after Ali released an online music video critical of the government, reported Eurasianet on 9 January 2017. The video for song ‘Heykal Baba’ (Monument Grandpa) was released on 31 December 2016 and was dedicated to two young activists who are serving […]
  • Zambia: Hounded singer remains defiant

    by Phoenix Gauthier, Freemuse correspondent On 11 August 2016, incumbent Zambian president Edgar Lungu squeezed out a controversial victory in the general elections, taking 50.35% of the votes. In the months that followed, Zambia experienced its worst attacks on press freedom in years. Three of its media outlets were suspended, including Muvi TV, the southern […]
  • Israel: Culture minister and activists call for cancellation of Palestinian rapper’s performance

    Israel’s controversial Minister of Culture Miri Regev tried to persuade the city of Haifa and its mayor to cancel Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar’s performance at the 32nd annual Haifa Film Festival due to his stance on Israel, reported The Times of Israel on 18 October 2016. Regev’s letter followed warnings from Likud party activists who said […]
  • China: Singer’s music scrubbed from online music services due to Hong Kong activism

    Music fans in China have reported that several major Chinese music and video streaming platforms, as well as the Chinese iTunes store, have removed, blocked or filtered out the music and online content of pop star Denise Ho, who has been active in the Hong Kong independence and pro-democracy movement since 2014, as well as […]
  • Australia: Singer received death threats after asking group to stop using songs

    Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes revealed on ABC’s Q&A show on 19 September 2016 that he and his family were sent death threats after he asked anti-immigration groups to stop using his songs at their rallies because he didn’t want him or his music to be “associated with hate speech”, reported The Sydney Morning Herald on […]
  • Somalia: Concert cancelled for “objectionable” shows in Europe

    A concert with singer Nasteexo Indho, along with DJ Subeer and the singers from Stars of the Horn, was cancelled one hour before it was scheduled to begin on 13 August 2016 in Hargeisa as armed soldiers surrounded the DJ and a young TV cameraman, informing them of the cancellation and that Nasteexo would be […]
  • Burundi: Musician received death threats ahead of trip home

    Burundian musician Kidum Kibido (real name Jean-Pierre Nimbona) said he received death threats via social media in advance of returning home for a performance in capital Bujumbura that took place on 3 September 2016, reported The Rwanda Focus on 16 August 2016. The musician, who fled Burundi in 1995 due to political instability and made […]
  • Sweden: Metal band allegedly receives threats after cancelling gig

    Swedish metal band Black Ingvars have reported receiving multiple anonymous death threats after they decided to pull out of a summer festival organised by far-right, nationalist party Swedish Democrats, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on 8 August 2016. “I have received emails where people write that they hope I’ll die in a car crash or suffer […]
  • Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats

    Polish authorities did not let Ukrainian band Ot Vinta cross the border into Poland as local hard-core football fans known as Ultras threatened to stage mass riots and burn down the stage the band was set to perform on if they were let into the country. The band was scheduled to play in a festival […]
  • Jordan: Concert by Israeli musician in Wadi Rum cancelled

    Israeli musician Nadav Dagon cancelled his appearance at a three-day music festival scheduled from 7-9 April 2016 in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert after outcry against the performance surfaced on social media, reaching several parts of Jordan’s society and political groups, reported The Jerusalem Post on 4 April 2016. A group of members of parliament signed a […]
  • Algeria: Attack on famous raï singer’s concert thwarted

    According to Morocco World News, Alarabiya and other media, Algerian authorities are searching for three terrorists who attempted to target Annaba Theatre, a theatre in the north-eastern city of Annaba, where raï singer Cheb Khaled was performing on 9 December 2015. A separate report by Russia Today cited Algerian media sources as saying that the Algerian army […]
  • Burundi: Musicians menaced, silenced and fleeing the country

    Burundian artists are confronted with ever-shrinking possibilities for open and free political speech. Well-known singers and band members are being targeted and, if possible, manipulated to change their artistic or political style. Several musicians have fled the country. By John Banram, Freemuse correspondent – reporting from Burundi Fear of being assassinated is spreading among artists […]
  • Tunisia: No investigation into attack on rapper

    How freedom of expression is oppressed through financial, moral and psychological pressure and damages is Tunisian rapper Hamadi Dia’s story. Today, Freemuse publishes his account of what he is going through because of the music and lyrics he produces. By Shaima Aly, Freemuse “Those groups succeeded in their mission to shut me up and get […]
  • India: Film makers threatened to remove song from film

    The makers of the film ‘Guddu Rangeela’ have reportedly been threatened by religious groups that if they don’t remove the song ‘Mata Ka Email’ from their film, they risk facing “dire consequences”, including disruptions at the theatres. In Ludhiana, there has been demonstrations demanding a ban to be put on the film, and posters of the film […]
  • Lebanon: Controversial singer threatened by The Al-Nusra Front

    According to iaanews.com, the leader of the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, Abdula Al Muhaisini, has sent a message to the controversial Lebanese singer Fadl Shaker warning him against “resuming his singing career”. The warning came after Fadl Shaker has re-appeared on the public scene roughly two years after joining hard-line sheikhs and announcing his retirement […]
  • Zimbabwe: South African musicians receive death threats

    Members of the legendary kwaito group Big Nuz are fearing for their lives amidst threats of violence by angry Zimbabweans. The group was set to perform in the neighbouring country on 17 April 2015 but have been receiving threats of a boycott and violence from Zimbabwean nationals. Big Nuz is the latest South African group […]
  • Turkey: 19-year-old singer attacked after threats

    After appearing on the Turkish talent show Sesi Çok Güzel on national tv, the 19-year-old singer Mutlu Kaya reportedly received death threats and was attacked in her home, reported Agence France-Presse and Hurriyet on 18 May 2015. The assailant fired a bullet into the house through a back window in the garden, and Mutlu Kaya […]
  • 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, […]
  • Germany: Syrian singer beaten after his performance in Berlin

    The famous Syrian singer Hussein El Deek was severely beaten and abused during his recent visit to Berlin, the German capital, because of his pro-government stance. He was attacked by Syrians in a restaurant. A group of Syrians had organised a campaign against his participation in a live concert, so they held a demonstration in […]
  • Egypt: Dialogue stopped by restrictions, censorship and arrests

    “Democracy is about dialogue. It is not about shutting down ideas or artistic expressions which may be in opposition to the majority or the ruling system. Due to restrictions and censorship, this dialogue is not possible in Egypt now,” writes Egyptian singer and activist Ramy Essam in this opinion-piece which was first published by Al […]
  • Russia: Opera premiere cancelled after its composer was attacked

    The premiere of a new opera in St. Petersburg has been cancelled after two venues refused to host it and the composer was savagely beaten and death threats were issued. The opera ‘New Jerusalem’ is composed by award-winning local composer Ilya Demutsky with librettist Artyom Suslov. The opera follows the actions of an individual who […]
  • Iraq: Kurdish singer receives death threats over music video

    Kurdish singer Helly Luv, 25, allegedly received death threats from ISIS Islamist militants since release of her first music video in February 2014. Helly Luv’s music video combines traditional Middle Eastern pop imagery with materials of the Kurdish nationalist and revolutionary movement. The music video was viewed over three million times in its first five months. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Russia: Musicians speak of censorship, persecution and viciousness

    Violations of freedom of expression in Russia hit the frontpages of newspapers and websites all over the world in 2012 when two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot were imprisoned. Many other music groups and artists in Russia face censorship and persecution – but their cases are never heard of outside of Russia. […]
  • Pakistan: Voiceless singers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cry for security

    Black curtains have fallen on Pashto cinema in KP as militants have speeded up their attacks. Musicians are receiving death threats, being kidnapped and forced to leave their homes. Local government hopes a new cultural policy can change the desperate situation for artists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. By Sher Alam Shinwari, reporting for Freemuse from Peshawar […]
  • Syria: The soundtrack of Syrian resistance

    Music has been at the core of the Syrian uprising since its beginning in 2011, and for the same reason musicians have been killed and are being silenced by force. It is part of an attempt to impose political and religious agendas, reports Spanish-Syrian activist Leila Nachawati, who is a professor of Communications at Carlos […]
  • Norway: Christian heavy metal band receives death threats

    The heavy metal band Antestor have recieved many death threats because of their Christian religion, reported Karoline Paulsen Årrestad for NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation “It’s pretty disgusting,” said bass player Erik Norman Aanonsen. “Many in the black metal community feel they are a counterculture to the authorities, and especially to the church. That is […]
  • Tanzania: Musician receives death threats for political song

    Tanzanian hip-hop artist Nay wa Mitego has been receiving death threats following the release of his new song ‘Salaam Zao’ (‘Greetings’) in August 2013. The rap song’s lyrics are said to have been detested by a powerful section of the population. “They are sending text messages to try silence me. I received the first death […]
  • Zimbabwe: Reflections of a banned musician – Leonard Zhakata

    Listen to Leonard Zhakata – one of Zimbabwe’s biggest pop stars – talk about how he felt when his music was kept off the air. See and listen on www.rnw.nl Excerpt of the article: “After his songs were banned from the airwaves, the singer tried to find other ways to bring his message across, like […]
  • Russia: Pussy Riot member subject to death threats and isolation

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has beenconvicted to two years in prison over a “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in August 2012, has been moved into isolation after she announced to be starting a hunger strike. On 23 September 2013, a letter by the 23-year-old imprisoned Pussy-Riot member announcing her starting a […]
  • Turkey: Imam who is also a musician receives threats

    Imam and rock musician Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer gave a concert with a repertoire composed entirely by himself at Kaş Marina on 10 August 2013. After the concert was reported by the press, he began to receive threatening and insulting messages. 42-year-old Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer is an imam of a mosque in the village Pınarbası in […]
  • USA: Documentary film about Dixie Chicks: ‘Shut up & Sing’

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Shut up & Sing’ – a documentary film about Dixie Chicks – awarded Numerous awards have been given to the documentary film about freedom of speech and censorship in the field of American country music “Shut up & Sing” documents the country trio The Dixie Chicks during the three years of medial and […]
  • India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats Pragaash Photo: Courtesy of News Bharati The band Pragaash from Kashmir has decided to dissolve after only one concert. The reason is a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and rape threats on social media. The members of Pragaash made a […]
  • Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats This interview with Shahin Najafi and G Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Iran: Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany After the exiled Iranian rapper and rock guitarist Shahin Najafi released a controversial song entitled ‘Imam Naghi’, an Iranian cleric issued a death sentence (fatwa) against him, a news site in the country started a campaign calling for his assassination, and a religious site issued […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues A seemingly uncontroversial post on the Facebook profile of the club and concert hall Slakthuset in Stockholm resulted in death threats against DJ Tova Wellton. “Book more women, please” said Tova Wellton’s Facebook post to Slakthuset that ended in a heated debate […]
  • Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music Somali Islamic extremists have banned music on the airwaves, but the organisers of Somalia’s newest radio station, Bar-Kulan, ignore their death threats and music ban, reported Globe and Mail. Because Bar-Kulan (Somali phrase for “meeting place”) refuses to obey the extremists, its 50 employees of […]
  • Iran: Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Petition in support of 26 year-old protest musician On 1 October 2010, an online petition in support of Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad was started. After the first two weeks, over 800 people had signed the petition. The 26 year-old musician was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for singing his famous song ‘Ali […]
  • Russia: Punk fans and bands claim to be persecuted and silenced

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Taliban death threats made singer flee his country Haroon Bacha, a Pashtun singer from the north-western part of Pakistan, fled his homeland two months ago and is now in New York, where he regularly gives performances. A reporter from The New York Times met him and published an interview with the 36-year-old […]
  • Israel: British musician defied death threats by militants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:British musician defied death threats by militants British musician Paul McCartney defied death threats by religious militants in the Middle East before his concert in Israel where he performed in Tel Aviv for 40,000 fans on 25 September 2008 — 43 years after Israeli authorities banned the Beatles from performing there. “Paul McCartney survives […]
  • Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system

    NEWS 22 November 2012 Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system Ten rappers have been murdered in the last two years in the Colombian city Medellín. Their “crime”: that they volunteered to help getting young people away from paramilitary groups and drug gangs. 14 rappers have gone underground, and even more fear for their lives, […]
  • Somalia: Poet, playwright and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Poet and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen Somali poet, playwright and songwriter Warsame Shire Awale was killed in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, on 29 October 2012 in the evening, reported BBC World. Warsame Shire Awale who was in his 60s worked for the Radio Kulmiye where he wrote and acted in radio […]
  • Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats

    NEWS 24 October 2012 Iran: Exiled Iranian musician responds upright to death threats This interview with Shahin Najafi and Günter Wallraff took place five months after a fatwa – a death sentence – was issued against the singer and rapper Shahin Najafi. It proclaimed him an apostate for recording the rap-song ‘Ay Naghi’ and sentenced […]
  • Iran: Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany After the exiled Iranian rapper and rock guitarist Shahin Najafi released a controversial song entitled ‘Imam Naghi’, an Iranian cleric issued a death sentence (fatwa) against him, a news site in the country started a campaign calling for his assassination, and a religious site issued […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues A seemingly uncontroversial post on the Facebook profile of the club and concert hall Slakthuset in Stockholm resulted in death threats against DJ Tova Wellton. “Book more women, please” said Tova Wellton’s Facebook post to Slakthuset that ended in a heated debate […]
  • Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music Somali Islamic extremists have banned music on the airwaves, but the organisers of Somalia’s newest radio station, Bar-Kulan, ignore their death threats and music ban, reported Globe and Mail. Because Bar-Kulan (Somali phrase for “meeting place”) refuses to obey the extremists, its 50 employees of […]
  • Pakistan: Death threats from the Taliban made singer flee his country

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Taliban death threats made singer flee his country Haroon Bacha, a Pashtun singer from the north-western part of Pakistan, fled his homeland two months ago and is now in New York, where he regularly gives performances. A reporter from The New York Times met him and published an interview with the 36-year-old […]
  • Israel: British musician defied death threats by militants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:British musician defied death threats by militants British musician Paul McCartney defied death threats by religious militants in the Middle East before his concert in Israel where he performed in Tel Aviv for 40,000 fans on 25 September 2008 — 43 years after Israeli authorities banned the Beatles from performing there. “Paul McCartney survives […]
  • Sierra Leone: Death threats to musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sierra Leone: Death threats to musicians Two well-known musicians in Sierra Leone wrote a song in support of a political party. Soon after they received death threats from their political opponents and had to go in hiding. The so-called ‘musicalisation of the political scene’ turned into a dangerous enterprise for the composers of […]
  • Burkina Faso: Death threat against reggae radio host

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burkina Faso:Death threat against reggae radio host Singer and radio host Karim Sama received warning that he “will be gunned down” over commentary that is critical of the government Karim Sama is a host of two popular reggae programmes on Radio Ouaga FM in the capital, Ouagadougou, and is also a singer known […]
  • Zimbabwe: Musician receives death threats

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Musician receives death threats, cancels concert On 1 May 2006, prominent Zimbabwean musician Hosiah Chipanga was forced to pull out of the Workers Day celebrations organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), following anonymous death threats received on his mobile phone, reports the Media Institute of Southern Africa Chipanga, whose compositions […]
  • Ethiopia/Sweden: concert cancelled due to death threat

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia / Sweden:Ethiopian reggae superstar cancels concerts in Sweden Death threats against the Ethiopian pop star and reggae artist Tewodros Kassahun, also known as “Teddy Afro”, caused the Swedish festival Selam to cancel his concert in Stockholm, reports the Swedish music magazine Lira. On the internet, however, another version of this news story […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Death threats to popular musician in West Bank

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Death threats to popular West Bank musician In July 2005, gunmen broke up a concert of the popular singer Amar Hassan at a university in the West Bank. “We will wage a creative war against the militants – with more poems, more art, more singing,” says Amar Hassan.  The popular West Bank singer and musician […]
  • Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”

      NEWS   Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’: “My first love was always music” In the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’, ex-singer Deeyah and actor Arshad Hussain testifies about serious threaths and an actual abduction, a reality faced by some performing artists due to social and cultural pressures in Afghanistan […]
  • Azerbaijan: Rock musician flees to Germany over concerns for his safety

    NEWS 21 May 2012 Azerbaijan: Rock musician flees to Germany over concerns for his safety Rapper and guitarist Jamal Ali who was recently interviewed for a video by Humans Rights Watch fled his home country on Wednesday 16 May 2012, he told the British newspaper The Guardian via Skype from Berlin. Jamal Ali claims that […]
  • Azer Cirttan

    AZER CIRTTAN(Azerbaijan) Exiled singer-songwriter Azer Cirttan speaks about censorship, fear and Eurovision This interview with Azer Cirttan was recorded by Nicklas Wallén in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in February 2012. Explaining what lead up to his decision to leave the country, Azer tells me that the concerts he tried to make were all cancelled. A while […]
  • Turkey: Convicted for having lyrics by Grup Yorum on computer

    NEWS 05 October 2011 Turkey: Convicted for having lyrics by Grup Yorum on computer On 22 September 2011 union official Berivan Doğan was convicted to ten months imprisonment for having the lyrics of Grup Yorum’s Turkish and Kurdish songs on her computer, reported Antenna-tr According to the human rights organisation Antenna-tr, a lawsuit was first […]
  • 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 […]
  • Algeria: Death threats did not silence rapper Solo Montana

    NEWS   Algeria:   Death threats did not silence rapper Solo Montana In 2008, the young Algerian rapper Solo Montana stopped performing, left Algeria and took refuge in Canada after he had received death threats against his family in the end of 2007 because of his song-writing. Solo Montana also suffered several incidents of harassment […]
  • Afghanistan: Afghan idol: ‘My life is under threat’

    NEWS     Afghanistan: Afghan idol: ‘My life is under threat’ 20-year-old Lima Sahar charmed her way into the third spot of the 2008 version of the wildly popular ‘Afghan Star’ competition, beating more than 2,000 rivals in votes sent by mobile telephone text message. Now in exile, she fears for her life.   A […]
  • Norway: Singer’s brother under police protection

    NEWS 15 January 2008 Norway:Singer’s brother under police protection Dancer Adil Thathaal received death threats from religious people with Pakistani background because he defended his sister, the singer Deeyah, in a recent magazine interview. 24-year-old Adil Thathaal is an actor and breakdancer, a well-known face in Norway, ever since he won a dance competition on […]
  • 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 […]
  • Afghanistan: Famed exiled singer returned after 18 years

    NEWS     Afghanistan: Famed exiled singer returned after 18 years One of “Afghanistan’s living treasures”, singer Farida Mahwash stepped foot in Afghanistan for the first time in almost two decades to give a series of benefit concerts in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif in October 2007, reported San Francisco Chronicle “I’ll have programs there and […]
  • 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 […]
  • Afghanistan: Interview with Jamshid Matin X

    ARTICLES Afghanistan:“They may actually kill me”Presenting music on tv in Afghanistan can be a dangerous job. Recently, one tv presenter was killed, and two others had to go in exile. This is an interview with Jamshid Matin X – a presenter and producer for a daily music show and a Top 10 music show on […]
  • Algeria: Souad Massi – exiled voice of Algeria

    ARTICLE Algeria / France:Souad Massi – exiled voice of Algeria Algerian singer and guitarist Souad Massi is a celebrity with a growing global following. Her music was banned in Algeria which she fled in 1999 33-year-old singer Souad Massi grew up in Algiers, part of a musical family, and learned to play guitar during the […]
  • Afghanistan: music tv presenter receives asylum in Sweden

    NEWS Afghanistan: TV music show presenter receives asylum in Sweden On September 5, 2005, a refugee nightmare for the Afghan TV music show presenter Shakeb Isaar came to an end when he received the news that the Swedish authorities has accepted his application for asylum, giving him the rights to live and work in Sweden. “The paper from Freemuse and also […]
  • Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship

    NEWS Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship 130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, with the objective of creating unification among musicians in the country – and to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians Text and video by Mik Aidt, journalist & Freemuse’s web editorPhotos by Hafizullah Haidar, CSHRN staff […]
  • Afghanistan: 24-year-old female presenter of music show killed

    NEWS 19 May 2005 Young TV music show presenter killed in KabulOn May 18, 2005, TV presenter Shaima Rezayee, 24, was shot in Kabul by unknown men. Her killing is possibly linked to her presenting of the music show ‘Hop’ on Tulo TV. Two months earlier, she had been dismissed from the show after it […]
  • Kurds struggle to find voice in Turkey

    NEWS Kurds struggle to find voice in TurkeyIn December 2003, one of Turkey’s best-known singers and film stars, Ibrahim Tatlises, sang a song in Kurdish, his native language, live on television. Then, a few days after his performance, members of Turkey’s rightist Ulkucu movement, the youth wing of former government partner the National Action Party, […]
  • Kurdish songs banned

    NEWS Kurdish songs bannedKoma Gula Xerzan music group’s series of songs in Kurdish: In mid-December 2000 police raided an event organised by the Malatya Youth Branch of the People’s Democracy Party (HADEP), pulling plugs out of microphones. When attendees protested, the Malatya Security Director entered the hall and informed them that no Kurdish songs were […]

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