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Freemuse appoints new Executive Director

24 April 2017

Freemuse appoints Dr Srirak Plipat as new Executive Director from 1 April. The organisation thanks Ole Reitov, former Executive Director, for leading Freemuse and positioning it as a leading organisation in defending artistic freedom.

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Freemuse Newsletter no 2 / 2017

27 March 2017

Freemuse receives Norwegian grant The Culture Section of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted Freemuse a three-year contract worth NOK 6 million – equivalent to EUR 660,000. The grant is provided for Freemuse’s core work and activities. In 2016, the ministry launched a new strategy for freedom of …

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Freemuse Newsletter no 2 / 2016

7 April 2016

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.     View this email in your browser.     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

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Freemuse Newsletter no 1 / 2016

29 February 2016

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.        View this email in a browser Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom Join Music Freedom Day 2016 This week three artists in Iran were sentenced each to three years in prison, three years probation and a hefty fine for the production and …

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Freemuse Newsletter no 5 / 2015

15 December 2015

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.   Music, Conflict and Culture in Mali: Three years after the music ban Three years after the music ban it’s hard to ascertain precisely what effect the ban has had on a country where music has long been the milk, blood and …

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Freemuse Newsletter no 4 / 2015

26 November 2015

» View the newsletter on mailchimp France two weeks after: musicians shocked but defiant Almost 90 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Bataclan Music Club in Paris on 13 November. Several concerts were cancelled in the aftermath of the terror attacks. But what are the long term effects of the …

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Freemuse Newsletter no 3 / 2015

1 September 2015

» View the newsletter on mailchimp Musicians are fleeing Burundi 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. Freemuse reports …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2015

21 May 2015

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.         View this email in your browser     Freemuse launches advocacy and campaign guide Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. To help organisations and individuals decide how to support artists at …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2015

26 February 2015

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.         View this email in your browser     Music Freedom Day from Peshawar to New York In spite of continuous threats and attacks on musicians and music activities in Peshawar, Music Freedom Day will once again be organised in Pakistan. Events …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 6 / 2014

18 December 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp   Harstad recieves Abazar Hamid Freemuse Award winner 2014, Harstad city in Norway, has finally received its first “safe city musician”: Abazar Hamid, who has been living several years in exile in Cairo after escaping from threats on his life in …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2014

13 November 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp   Arctic city receives Freemuse Award Harstad – a Norwegian city situated 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle – is the Freemuse Award Winner 2014. Last year dedicated politicians unaminously declared Harstad the “world’s first safe city for musicians.” The …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2014

2 June 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression. Mailchimp Morocco persecutes rapper Morrocan rapper El Haqed was arrested on 18 May. He recently released an album called ‘Walou’ (Nothing) referring to the lack of changes in the fields of justice, education, democracy and the widespread corruption in the country. The …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2014

12 May 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp   Music as protest: Pussy Riot meets Freemuse Original Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aljokhina will talk about music as political activism with Freemuse Director Ole Reitov on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at a public meeting at Kulturhuset in Oslo, …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2014

17 March 2014

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp   New report: Religious extremism disastrous to music in Pakistan Since 2001, 12 women have been reportedly killed because of their direct involvement in music in North Western Pakistan. Approximately 600 musicians suffered due to the closure of Dabgari Bazar during …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2014

28 February 2014

  FREEMUSE NEWSLETTER MUSIC FREEDOM DAY SPECIAL       Freemuse statistics 2013: 19 musicians killed Based on reports published on freemuse.org the annual Freemuse statistics reveal that a total number of 109 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered in 2013. The cases …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2013

30 December 2013

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.   Mailchimp Dear Freemuse subscriber, Fifteen years ago the first ever world conference on music & censorship took place in Copenhagen. Freemuse is a child of the conference organised by Marie Korpe, who later became the Freemuse Executive Director.  The world had just experienced …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2013

13 December 2013

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.  Mailchimp Russia: Pussy Riot members’ appeal accepted by Supreme Court The ruling on 10 December 2013 came three months before Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are to be released from prison. The Supreme Court said prosecutors proved the women were motivated by …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2013

28 August 2013

Freemuse Executive Director leaves Freemuse Executive Director, Marie Korpe is leaving her position on 31 August 2013. Marie Korpe coordinated the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998, co-organized with The Danish Institute for Human Rights and Index on Censorship. In 1999 she co-founded Freemuse and was appointed …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2013

30 May 2013

Freemuse Award to be presented at UN building in Geneva Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’ will receive the Freemuse Award on behalf of the festival at the Geneva United Nations headquarters. The Award ceremony and a special session will take place at …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2013

28 February 2013

‘Music Freedom Day’ on Sunday On 3 March, broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day with colleagues in Cameroon, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. As this newsletter shows, and with 173 cases of attacks on musicians reported in 2012, there …

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Newsletter no. 4 / 2012

15 November 2012

First global network in support of artistic freedom of expression On 27 October 2012, 14 international arts and human rights organisations and networks – representing more than 1,200 national organisations globally – met in Oslo and launched a new network, Artsfex, which is the first international civil society network actively …

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Newsletter no. 3 / 2012

30 August 2012

  World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression Freemuse and Fritt Ord co-organise the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo 25-26 October. World famous conductor Adam Fischer, Burmese artists Win Maw and Zarganar, Zimbabwe’s Outspoken and many other artists will be on stage performing and …

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Newsletter no. 2 / 2012

1 June 2012

  Another attack on rap artists in Angola Armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods, 15 men attacked a group of ten young people in Angola, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental. Read more: www.freemuse.org/news/angola-rap-artists-attacked-again-by-angolan-pro-government-militias-2/   After the ‘beauty contest’ in Baku: The beast is …

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Newsletter no. 1 / 2012

27 February 2012

  Here it comes! This Saturday is…     On Saturday 3 March the annual Music Freedom Day is marked with events, seminars, exhibitions, film shows, radio programmes and news paper articles on the subject of freedom of expression for musicians all over the world. Events are currently being prepared …

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Newsletter no. 3 / 2011

25 November 2011

  Content: • 2011 Freemuse Award winner: Ramy Essam • Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Prize • Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians • Global network for artistic freedom of expression • Freemuse workshops in Kabul and Islamabad • Freemuse relaunches on Facebook with improved page   2011 Freemuse …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2011

29 June 2011

Musicians break taboos in Tunisia “Before the revolution there was abuse and media ban. The authorities were afraid of our songs and we were threatened. After the revolution musicians have started to break taboos and now sing about real problems,” says Tunisian rapper Mehdi R2M, who recently joined a Freemuse …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2011

23 February 2011

Music Freedom Day: Thursday 3 March As millions of people demonstrate for freedom of expression and democracy in the Middle East, the song ‘152 mesures contre la censure’ featuring 10 rappers, recorded for Freemuse and the Music Freedom Day in 2007 is as relevant as ever. This years’ Music Freedom …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2010

20 October 2010

Freemuse receives generous grant Freemuse has received a generous project grant from SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency, after the government launched ‘Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratization and Freedom of Expression’. The grant enables Freemuse to set up three regional networks in support of persecuted musicians, and initiate new collaborations …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2010

12 August 2010

Index on Censorship publishes ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, will publish a special theme issue on music censorship – ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ – on 8 September. The issue is produced in collaboration with Freemuse. Read more: Smashed Hits 2.0 Freemuse receives grant …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2010

16 June 2010

UN General Secretary asked Cameroon’s president to consider imprisoned singer’s case When UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon visited Cameroon earlier this month, he carried a letter about the imprisonment of Lapiro de Mbanga, and reportedly asked President Biya to “favourably consider” the case of the singer. The US Senator Richard …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2010

25 January 2010

HEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES Censorship of heavy metal music is the topic of a new Freemuse report published on 22 February 2010. Written by Mark LeVine, the report looks into censorship of metal music from China to Morocco. Read more: Freemuse report on censorship of heavy metal music FREEMUSE CD: …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2009

26 October 2009

IMPRISONED MUSICIAN SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM PRIZE Nominated by Freemuse, imprisoned singer Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon has been shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize. The case against singer Lapiro has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US-based lawyers’ advocacy organisation has joined the campaign for the …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2009

18 June 2009

    VISA AND MOBILITY ISSUES   Visa report highlighted, but serious problems remain While visa issues continue to create controversy, the Freemuse white paper ‘Visa / the discordant note’ plays an essential role in various international fora. Read more: www.freemuse.org/news/visa-report-highlighted-but-serious-problems-remain/   UK: visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2009

23 April 2009

  NEWSLETTER 1 — 2009   Pakistan: Total ban on music in Swat Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan. Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have left for other provinces. Read the reports …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2008

9 October 2008

  NEWSLETTER 4 — 2008   Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail Lapiro de Mbanga, a popular singer in Cameroon, has been sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Freemuse and International Pen are campaigning for the release …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2008

6 August 2008

NEWSLETTER 3 — 2008   Dark spot in China: Imprisonment of Tibetan musicians As the Olympic Games in Beijing make news headlines around the world, stories of musicians being oppressed and silenced reach Freemuse from the country’s ‘back garden’ behind the mountain plateau of Tibet. Tibetan singers Drolmakyi and Jamyang …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2008

6 May 2008

  Campaigns in support of three arrested musicians Freemuse has joined the campaigns in support of three arrested musicians – two in Cameroon and one in China: Cameroon • Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience were arrested in Cameroon on 9 April and 20 March 2008 respectively for criticising …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2008

3 March 2008

African reggae-star Tiken Jah Fakoly first Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, the outspoken Ivorian reggae singer who has tirelessly denounced political corruption, is the first winner of the new Freemuse Award. An idol for millions of Africans, who feel disenfranchised and repressed, Tiken Jah has never compromised. In December …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2007

28 November 2007

Freemuse Award 2008 A Freemuse Award will be presented for the first time in connection with Music Freedom Day 2008. Freemuse has received a donation from the Björn Afzelius International Culture Fund. The award will be given to an individual or organisation that “has worked for freedom of musical expression …

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Freemuse Newsletter No 4 / 2007

26 November 2007

Music will not be silenced: New Freemuse report With 14 video interviews and written overviews of music censorship in countries as diverse as Algeria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Ivory Coast and Cuba, the new Freemuse report is the closest you get to a global overview of music censorship today. And it …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2007

18 March 2007

NEWSLETTER 3 — 2007   Nobel prize winner introduces Freemuse book “How can you put a song behind bars?”. This is a question that Dario Fo, the Italian Nobel Laureate in literature, raises in the introduction to the Italian edition of the Freemuse book ‘Shoot the singer’. The book is …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2007

16 March 2007

NEWSLETTER 2 — 2007   Pakistan: Extremists kill one, injure two in attacks on music shops Two separate terrorist attacks on music centres left one killed and two seriously injured in Mardan and Peshawar respectively as extremist religious groups have intensified their campaign against all forms of entertainment in north-west …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2007

24 January 2007

NEWSLETTER 1 — 2007   Happy New Year to all! Freemuse will sign a new agreement with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) which enables us to keep up the work we do at the secretariat 2007-2011. New Freemuse report: ‘Hidden Truths’ in Belarus In a new report on music …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2006

27 June 2006

Freemuse World Conference attracts leading experts in music censorship Musicians, researchers and media people from Cuba, Afghanistan, and the Middle East are amongst the confirmed speakers at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006. The list of approximately 30 speakers includes guitarist Jason …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2006

5 May 2006

  Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul The 3rd international conference on music and censorship will take place in Istanbul, November 25-26, 2006. The conference will be hosted by Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi and arranged in collaboration with Association for Freedom of Expression, Association for Intercultural Communication and Turkish PEN. The conference …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2006

13 February 2006

FREEMUSE NEWSLETTERno. 1 / 2006        US censorship: New Freemuse report published today The new Freemuse report ‘Singing in the Echo Chamber’ written by Eric Nuzum is published today. The report describes how US musicians were affected and banned after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. The title …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2005

5 May 2005

CONTENT:   Zimbabwe:  Censor meets musicians   Cuba:  Gorki is out of prison   Censorship of female musicians:  An overview   Freemuse.org:  New web editor   Middle East:  Meeting on freedom of musical expression   West Africa:  Freemuse seminar in Senegal   Ghana:  Hiplife under attack   Ghana:  New copyright …

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