Uzbekistan: Suspended artists and instrument bans

11 August 2016

Ever-tightening restrictions on musicians and artists continue to take their toll in Uzbekistan as state-run arts association Uzbeknavo revoked the licenses of three pop artists for holding performances abroad to lacklustre audience numbers, reported Uzbek news outlet UZ24 on 20 July 2016. Uzbeknavo license department head Odiljon Abdukahhar said the …

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Uzbekistan: The naked truth about state censorship

20 April 2016

The Uzbekistan government tightens its control over the arts, prohibiting anything that is believed to threaten national values – including 700 films which have been banned, and musicians who have their performing licenses withdrawn. Censorship was a key instrument for controlling the masses during Soviet times. These days Uzbekistan’s ageing …

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Uzbekistan: Musicians regulated to conform to ‘national values’

18 December 2015

Uzbekistan’s government has ordered the state agency in charge of giving licenses to performers to tighten conditions under which they are granted, citing a plethora of pop songs, videos and concerts that fail to conform to the “country’s spiritual, cultural and national values”, according to Transition Online and BBC News …

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Uzbekistan: Singer speaks out on oppression in atmosphere of dissent

6 May 2014

On 1 May 2014, tweeting in both Uzbek and Russian, singer Ozoda Saidzoda appeared to lay the blame for her career setback squarely at the door of the country’s prime minister, Shavkat Mirziyaev Ozoda later elaborated on her tweets in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, claiming she has …

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Uzbekistan: Pop stars banned from stage for ‘meaningless’ songs

14 November 2013

President Islam Karimov’s government strictly regulates the lucrative entertainment industry in the Central Asian nation of 30 million by banning films, pop music and books, reported RIA Novost Singers Dilfuza Rakhimova, Otabek Mutalhozhaev and Dilshod Rakhmonov, along with groups Ummon and Mango, found themselves out in the cold after the …

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Uzbekistan: Official ban on use of religious themes in art

14 November 2011

  The Uzbek national security service (SNB) has issued a strict warning to the country’s leading artists against using religious themes in their work, reported The warning was issued at a special conference held at the end of October at the Tashkent Academy Theatre. At the meeting, an SNB …

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Uzbekistan: Rock and rap music denounced as ‘evil’

23 February 2011

Uzbekistan’s state television issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap music as a Western liberal excess, saying the music was epitomized by sadism, drug addiction and immorality, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) on 21 February 2011. AFP reported that a tv documentary made in the style of a Soviet propaganda …

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Uzbek singer on trial for song about massacre

7 August 2006

Dadakhan Khasanov, a popular singer and political dissident in Uzbekistan, finds himself in a position he remembers well from Soviet days. He is on trial for having written a song. His song urges Uzbeks and the rest of the world not to forget the May 13, 2005 massacre of hundreds …

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