New Zealand: Musician takes ban of his satirical song to court

19 September 2014

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 …

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New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled

15 November 2011

  Promoters of the travelling ‘Big Day Out’ festival removed the American rap group Odd Future from the festival’s Auckland lineup due to objections from locals over the group’s homophobic lyrics. Odd Future is a ten-member cult rap collective from Los Angeles, USA, aged between 16 and 20. The group’s …

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New Zealand: Indonesian embassy stops musical performance

19 February 2007

At a festival in New Zealand, an audio-visual composition which focus on the indigenous people and politics of Indonesia was withdrawn after presure from the Indonesian embassy “The rights of New Zealanders have been infringed,” stated the composer of the musical piece ‘Papua Merdeka’ which was withdrawn at the Asia …

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