Knowledge is the Beginning

19 December 2016

  About The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which is banned from performing in the countries from which most of its musicians come Directed by Paul SmacznyLanguage: English. 90 minutes Germany and Palestine. 2005 Read more…  

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Germany/Netherlands: Faroese metal band shows cancelled over whaling

29 September 2016

Viking heavy metal band, Týr, from the Faroe Islands, have had at least six concerts of their 17-date November European tour supporting Norwegian metal band Sirenia cancelled over lead singer Heri Joensen’s participation in the Faroese practice of whaling. According to heavy metal news site on 30 August 2016, …

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Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

15 August 2016

A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside an open air music festival in the southern German town of Ansbach on 24 July 2016 after security guards turned him away for not having a ticket, reported The Guardian on 25 July 2016. The incident happened on the final evening …

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Germany: Turkey attempts to stop EU funding orchestra performance

29 April 2016

Germany’s foreign ministry cancelled a Dresden Symphony performance of ‘Aghet’, commemorating the Armenian genocide, at the German consulate in Istanbul.

Markus Rindt, the director of the Dresden Symphony, has claimed that Turkey has demanded the European Commission (EC) pull its 200,000 Euros funding from the ‘Aghet’ art project, in which his orchestra will perform a piece on 30 April 2016 marking the 101-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, reported The …

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Germany: Rock band sues government for “indexing” album

21 April 2016

Hard rock band Rammstein is suing the German government for 66,000 Euros (approx. $75,000 USD) in damages for essentially banning their 2009 album ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ upon its release, when they placed it on a restricted list that limited its potential success, reported Deutsche Welle on 5 April …

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Germany: Syrian singer beaten after his performance in Berlin

22 April 2015

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 …

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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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Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher

3 October 2011

  When the Norwegian band Honningbarna wanted to release their debut album in Germany they were told by their publisher to leave the song ‘Free Palestine’ out. German fans of Honningbarna will have one song less than the Norwegian fans when the album ‘La alarmane g Source – 28 …

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Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin

5 January 2011

In Berlin, a concert with the Kurdish artists Hozan Aydın and Şerîbana Kurdî, scheduled to take place on 19 December 2010, was prohibited in court because it was found to be celebrating the foundation of the banned militant Kurdish organisation PKK. The artists, the organiser Medya Deniz, as well as …

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Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal

10 May 2010

Thomas Gurrath is a member of the Stuttgart-based death metal band Debauchery. Until 28 March 2010 he was training to become a grammar school teacher in the German state Baden-Württemberg. But when his supervisors found out about his musical activities with Debauchery, he was given the choice of either abandoning …

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Germany: 11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted

20 April 2010

An official authority has blacklisted 11 dancehall albums in the period between 2008 and January 2010 due to violent and homophobic content, reported Steven Jackson of Jamiaca Observer. The artists whose work has been blacklisted in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, include Sizzla, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, TOK and Baby …

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Germany: Network to study law, culture and censorship

26 August 2009

Universities are increasingly taking an interest in issues of freedom of expression for artists. In August 2009, an international graduate network in the interdisciplinary study of law and culture was launched in Germany On 11 August 2009, Freemuse was invited to share a panel on freedom of expression in Osnabrück, …

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10 August 2009

Willkommen in dem deutschen Sprachraum von   Sänger und Musiker Ferhat Tunç aus Dersim in dem kurdischen Teil der Türkei redet über seine persönlichen Erfahrungen mit dem Verständnis von der Musik-Zensur in der Türkei. Weiteres über das Video-Interview hier       Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade …

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Denmark/Sweden/Germany: In court for selling Nazi music

18 November 2008

Two men were arrested in Denmark on 27 August 2008 for allegedly financing, commissioning and distributing recordings that have been deemed illegal because of their extremist content. The Danish Ministry of Justice said that one of the men is German and one is Danish.       Sources – …

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Turkey/Germany: Panel debate about Turkish censorship

8 April 2008

Protest singer Ferhat Tunç performed with his Kurdish songs and discussed music censorship in Berlin, Germany On 4 April 2008, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung organised a panel discussion with the title ‘Freedom of words – Art of Freedom’ (‘Freiheit des Wortes – Kunst der Freiheit / Sözün özgürlügü – Azadlıgın sanatı’) which …

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Germany/Denmark: Controversy around erotic drawing on vinyl cover

18 March 2008

The Danish psychedelic garage rock band Baby Woodrose recently experienced trouble in connection with the re-issuing of Blows Your Mind, their debut album originally released in 2001. The LP cover consists of artwork by Malleus – a drawing picturing a naked woman lying in water with a close view of …

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Germany: New archive of music which the Nazis silenced

29 February 2008

Centre for Ostracised Music aims to recover and revive the forbidden musical voices from the Nazi regime in Germany 70 years ago. Currently it holds 400 works of 50 ostracised composers, reports Deutche Welle.   The centre, Zentrum für Verfemte Musik, is based in Schwerin, a city in northern Germany, …

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Germany: Exhibition about East Europe’s censored rock music

11 October 2007

On 7 October 2007 the KLIPZENSORED exhibition opened in Berlin. It presents music clips and music-based video art that for various reasons weren’t shown or played in the former European East Bloc countries such as East Germany and Hungary. Many of the presented works in the exhibition are seldom seen …

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Germany/Russia: Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music?

9 August 2007

The newspaper International Herald Tribune reports that a record collection possibly belonging to Adolf Hitler has been found in Russia.   The nearly 100 records were stored in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence agent who recently died. The agent left a note behind him, saying that he took …

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Palestine/Germany: Bashar Shammout: Freemuse and the Middle East

15 March 2007

In this three minutes video interview, Bashar Shammout – who is a member of Freemuse’s executive committee – speaks about three important issues concerning music censorship in the Middle East: religion, politics, and the Israeli-Palestinean conflict. He also touches on how Freemuse works in the region.     Wimpy Wasp …

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Germany: Neo-Nazi rally for release of jailed musician

23 October 2006

On 21 October 2006 a group of 750 Neo-Nazis demonstrated in Berlin to demand the release of a jailed right-wing musician of the banned rock group Landser, reported several news agencies The neo-Nazis protested outside Tegel prison in northwestern Berlin where Michael Regener, former singer of the banned rock group …

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Germany: Cancelled Mozart opera show possibly reinstated

2 October 2006

The Berlin opera house which cancelled a Mozart opera show because of concern it could provoke violence by Muslims now says it might consider staging the production after all Michael Schindhelm, head of the foundation that oversees Berlin’s opera houses, told German radio that he is working with the Deutsche …

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Germany: Opera show cancelled over fear of terror

27 September 2006

After state security officials warned it could provoke dangerous reactions, a leading opera house in Berlin called off a production of Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ that features the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad Hans Neuenfels’ production of Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ had its premiere in 2003. Already then it drew criticism over a …

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Germany: Concert called off due to threats from right-wing radicals

21 March 2006

An anti-Nazi concert planned for March 8 in the former eastern German border town of Halberstadt was cancelled at the last minute after the right-wing National Democratic Party applied pressure to local authorities.   The National Democratic Party threatened to buy up all the tickets and turn out in large …

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Germany targets neo-Nazi music

24 March 2004

German police have raided the homes of more than 300 people suspected of posting neo-Nazi music files on the internet. Police say they have seized thousands of compact discs and hundreds of computers in their nationwide raids. Federal Crime Office President Joerg Ziercke warned neo-Nazis used skinhead music to reach …

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…-1699 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

375 B.C.   Greece The first significant written account of a proposal to censor music is found in Plato’s ‘Republic’, written in roughly 375 B.C. In one of the most famous passages of ancient literature to deal with music, we find Socrates, Plato’s mentor and mouthpiece, engaged in a dialogue …

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1700-1799 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1738–1788. Germany. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  Much of the music composed by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was censored by Frederick the Great Source: 1700s. Italy and Europe The Vatican banned public performances of opera, and also banned women from signing in performances. Cardinals who liked opera, such as Pietro …

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1800-1899 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1800s. Germany. Clara Schumann (1819-1892) Clara Schumann’s father Friedrich Wieck had resolved before her birth that she should become a piano virtuoso to profit by her financially. This is the reason, why she got an intensive musical education contrary to the most female musical coevals. Already as a teen she …

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