Vietnam: Popular music and censorship

14 October 2016

The Vietnamese state operates a thorough system of music censorship, and the few songwriters who dare to directly challenge the authority of the Vietnamese Communist Party or its policies face serious consequences. Focusing on popular musicians, this article charts the history of music censorship in Vietnam from the mid twentieth century through …

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Vietnam: Release of musician after four years in prison

16 December 2015

Authorities in Vietnam have freed prominent musician Vo Minh Tri from prison after serving his full four-year sentence for writing politically sensitive songs, which he said he has “no regrets” about composing. Tri, a 37-year-old drummer who is also known as Viet Khang, was released early on Sunday 13 December …

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Campaigns and support to musicians

28 January 2015

Freemuse initiates and organises several campaigns and advocacy initiatives for musicians and composers at risk. Freemuse has also provided substantial support to persecuted and prosecuted artists. Current Freemuse campaigns Currently Freemuse (openly) campaigns for the release of the following artists. Other cases are under investigation or involve non-public actions. Mehdi …

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Vietnam: Censors keep everyone guessing | Index on Censorship

14 November 2013


Index on Censorship reports from Vietnam: Vietnam’s government keeps cultural activities from web comics to concerts under its watchful eye, for sex as much as sedition. Art, music, pop stars, books, comics, web comics, blogs, foreign news, lifestyle magazines, television subtitles, newspaper articles, research, the findings of market research, unflattering …

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Vietnam: Musician fined for publishing CD with “depraved contents”

31 July 2013

Ngọc Đại, a prominent experimental musician, was fined 30 million dong (app. US$ 1,500) for publishing and distributing his latest album without permission to do so. 1,000 copies of the album were printed, and almost sold out, before authorities reacted. It features lyrics by poets Bui Chat and Nguyen Dinh …

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Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison

5 November 2012

  A Vietnamese court convicted two renowned musicians to four and six years imprisonment for anti-state propaganda and links to a banned political group, one of their lawyers said on 30 October 2012. Viet Khang, 34, (real name: Vo Minh Tri) was given a four-year prison term while Hoang Nhat …

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Freemuse sends appeal letter to president of Vietnam

5 November 2012

      _ Email from: Freemuse Sent: 5 November 2012 13:13 To: Embassy of Vietnam in Denmark <> Subject: Freemuse appeal – Att: The Ambassador Priority: High Dear Ambassador,   Freemuse is an international organisation with special consultative status to the UN. Please find attached an appeal from Freemuse regarding the imprisonment of two …

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Vietnam: British pianist banned from performing

30 May 2007

Award-winning British concert pianist Stephen Hough, one of the most critically admired pianists active today, has had a planned performance in Hanoi cancelled, evidently over his gay identity and forthright views on the Roman Catholic Church Vietnamese officials said they worried about that they cannot guarantee his safety and refused …

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1980-2000 Asia

1 January 2001

1980s. Pakistan. Music was banned on PTV, the national tv station in Pakistan. 1980s til today. North Korea In North Korea, music is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with patriotic worker-driven themes played on radios or in public by large worker’s orchestras. Kim Jong …

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