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3 days ago

Freemuse

Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and Freemuse entered a strategic partnership agreement in April. The two organisations take another step to advance and exchange their common passion on research on music at the SEM annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where 1,000 researchers and practitioners get together every year. #SEM_2018

On Friday 16 November, Srirak will run a one-hour “Freemuse Forum”, chaired by Gregory Melchor-Barz, President of SEM.

Come join us at from 8-9pm at Room Alvarado G, Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

And on Saturday 17 November, Srirak will address the SEM General Membership Meeting at 1.45pm. He is keen to see how the audience reacts to his messages urging the 1,000 participants to further integrate human rights and artistic freedom to their research on music in the context of global culture of silencing others. This includes being part of Freemuse’s global network of artistic freedom defenders.

Can being objective as a good researcher go hand in hand with being a part of a human rights and artistic freedom defenders network as a good human being? We shall see.
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Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and Freemuse entered a strategic partnership agreement in April. The two organisations take another step to advance and exchange their common passion on research on music at the SEM annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where 1,000 researchers and practitioners get together every year. #SEM_2018

On Friday 16 November, Srirak will run a one-hour “Freemuse Forum”, chaired by Gregory Melchor-Barz, President of SEM. 

Come join us at from 8-9pm at Room Alvarado G, Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.
 
And on Saturday 17 November, Srirak will address the SEM General Membership Meeting at 1.45pm. He is keen to see how the audience reacts to his messages urging the 1,000 participants to further integrate human rights and artistic freedom to their research on music in the context of global culture of silencing others. This includes being part of Freemuse’s global network of artistic freedom defenders.

Can being objective as a good researcher go hand in hand with being a part of a human rights and artistic freedom defenders network as a good human being? We shall see.

4 days ago

Freemuse

Great news! Shahidul Alam has been granted bail after more than 100 days in custody.

Statement from his legal team:

Today the High Court granted bail to Dr. Shahidul Alam after 102 days in custody. For granting him bail, the court notes that he did not make any confessional statement admitting to any of the allegations made against him. The court also noted that the statements that were made in the police record is completely different from and inconsistent with the interview that he gave with Aljazeera. We should point out that throughout this case the state’s lawyers have insisted that Dr. Alam’s statements amounted to hurting the image of the nation and instigating violence; when in fact the state’s lawyer never even put the Aljazeera interview into the police case or on the record. The court also said, two of the other reasons for granting Dr. Alam bail were that he is an elderly person, and an eminent photographer known throughout the world. And, more importantly, the police still has not submitted its investigation report and it is unclear when they are going to do so. He definitely deserves bail. We are very pleased to have got this order after so many days. We very much hope that the government would respect the order of the court and not in any way further what has already been a grotesque miscarriage of justice.

Barrister Sara Hossain
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua
Dr. Shahidul Alam’s Defence TeamShahidul Alam granted bail in High Court!!!

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Great news! Shahidul Alam has been granted bail after more than 100 days in custody.

Statement from his legal team:

Today the High Court granted bail to Dr. Shahidul Alam after 102 days in custody. For granting him bail, the court notes that he did not make any confessional statement admitting to any of the allegations made against him. The court also noted that the statements that were made in the police record is completely different from and inconsistent with the interview that he gave with Aljazeera. We should point out that throughout this case the state’s lawyers have insisted that Dr. Alam’s statements amounted to hurting the image of the nation and instigating violence; when in fact the state’s lawyer never even put the Aljazeera interview into the police case or on the record. The court also said, two of the other reasons for granting Dr. Alam bail were that he is an elderly person, and an eminent photographer known throughout the world. And, more importantly, the police still has not submitted its investigation report and it is unclear when they are going to do so. He definitely deserves bail. We are very pleased to have got this order after so many days. We very much hope that the government would respect the order of the court and not in any way further what has already been a grotesque miscarriage of justice.

Barrister Sara Hossain
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua
Dr. Shahidul Alam’s Defence Team

7 days ago

Freemuse

Today, 12 November, is award-winning photographer & activist Shahidul Alam’s 100th day in detention. Freemuse joins supporters around the world calling for his immediate and unconditional release. #FreeShahidul #FreeShahidulAlam #Bangladesh ... See MoreSee Less

Today, 12 November, is award-winning photographer & activist Shahidul Alam’s 100th day in detention. Freemuse joins supporters around the world calling for his immediate and unconditional release. #FreeShahidul #FreeShahidulAlam #Bangladesh

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Safemuse has released the first part of its video series SAFE—a
a campaign that tells stories about artistic freedom, why it is important and what happens when you lose it. Over the next five months, the series will document meetings between Norwegian artists and artists who have been threatened because of their art. Through these conversations the artists themselves will tell their stories, and help us see how important freedom is for the artist, for the art and for us as a society.

Check out the first instalment featuring Moddi and Mai Khoi below and watch the full video here: www.safeseries.no/

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Mai Khoi var en høyt verdsatt popstjerne i Vietnam. Etter at hun stilte til valg i 2016 blir hun nå trakassert, truet og forfulgt. Hun fortsetter å lage musikk - uansett hva risikoen er. I juni 2018 møtte hun den norske artisten Moddi, for å snakke om frihet, og hva som skjer når du mister den.

Idag lanserer vi SAFE - en videoserie om kunstnerisk frihet og hva som skjer når du mister den.

Gå inn på www.safeseries.no og se hele videoen.

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Mai Khoi used to be a famous and beloved pop star in Vietnam. After nominating herself for the National Assembly in 2016, she has been threatened, detained and prosecuted by the government. She refuses to let her voice be silenced, and keeps touring the world to perform, sing and speak her mind.

Today we launch SAFE - a video series about artistic freedom, and what happens when you loose it.

Go to www.safeseries.no to watch the full video
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Bullshit! She is not a famous here, she is an untraditional rude woman here but people still open hearted to hear her messy things. She doesn’t do anything to make her motherland being better! She and you all in the Western are destroying the image of Vietnam 🇻🇳. Plz stop this topic here, she is always safe in her place, and she can do anything she wants if not, all you don’t know who she is and pushing her like a queen in your own world like this. That’s all! P/s: One more think I want to share that: I lived in Norway 🇳🇴 for a while, your country is pretty beautiful/peaceful where a lot of people love to be there. Well, Mai Khoi is posting these topics which insinuates that she want to be in jail and will eat nothing to speak her voice(haha, In modern times, the hunger strike has been employed as a political weapon). Hope all you don’t be dupe then fight for her and pick her to be a political asylum. That’s what she wants. If you want her voice could reach to other people, let her be here in Vietnam, and don’t hear her lie! Thanks for caring too much about our Vietnam 🇻🇳

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

American indie-rockers Wavves received a death threat at their Houston concert on 21 October 2018 🔴

The band’s frontman Nathan Williams tweeted that someone at the show threatened to kill them because they didn’t play an encore.

Representatives for Wavves confirmed the incident took place and said the person in question was removed from the venue by security. Wavves is currently promoting the 2017 album You’re Welcome on a tour with Beach Fossils

Read more here➡ bit.ly/2D06OZs
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American indie-rockers Wavves received a death threat at their Houston concert on 21 October 2018 🔴

The band’s frontman Nathan Williams tweeted that someone at the show threatened to kill them because they didn’t play an encore.

Representatives for Wavves confirmed the incident took place and said the person in question was removed from the venue by security. Wavves is currently promoting the 2017 album You’re Welcome on a tour with Beach Fossils

Read more here➡  https://bit.ly/2D06OZs

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

We are so proud to present SAFE - a five part video series that tells stories about artistic freedom, why it is important and what happens when you loose it. The series documents meetings between Norwegian artists and artists that have been threatened because of their art. Through these conversations the artists themselves will tell their stories, and help us see how important freedom is. For the artist, for the art and for us as a society.

Tomorrow at 12PM CET we will release the first part, featuring the wonderful artists Moddi and Mai Khoi.

We encourage all our friends to go to www.safeseries.no to watch the full video, and share it in your network. Together we can use our voices to make sure all artists have the right to be heard.

A huge thanks to our collaborators and those who helped us make this happen: Stiftelsen Fritt Ord, Bergesenstiftelsen, NOPA, MFO, Norsk Komponistforening and Freemuse. Javier Auris, Lars Erlend Tubaas Øymo, Synne Mo, Moddi, Mai Khoi, Sina Winter and Rådhuset i Oslo.

Read more here:
www.safemuse.org/single-post/2018/10/31/SAFE---a-video-campaign-on-artistic-freedom
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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

The Illinois Department of Corrections is being sued by Black and Pink - a non-profit organisation focused on supporting LGBTQ prisoners - for allegedly banning and censoring its publications and correspondence sent to prisoners.

The law suit alleges 11 correctional facilities have banned and censored the material as part of a “coordinated effort” since 2016.

Lawyers for Black and Pink are seeking an injunction against IDOC Director John Baldwin and the wardens for alleged violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Read more here ➡ bit.ly/2JxTZXJ

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The Illinois Department of Corrections is being sued by Black and Pink - a non-profit organisation focused on supporting LGBTQ prisoners - for allegedly banning and censoring its publications and correspondence sent to prisoners.

The law suit alleges 11 correctional facilities have banned and censored the material as part of a “coordinated effort” since 2016.

Lawyers for Black and Pink are seeking an injunction against IDOC Director John Baldwin and the wardens for alleged violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Read more here ➡  https://bit.ly/2JxTZXJ

📷 Black and Pink / Facebook

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

Sudanese police arrested singer Mona Magdi Salim on charges of “indecent” clothing after images of her performing in tight trousers and a white top circulated on social media.

Sudan’s strict Islamic morality laws criminalise “indecent dress” under Article 152 of the Sudanese Penal Code (1999). It is applied to “Whoever does in a public place an indecent act or an act contrary to public morals, or wears an obscene outfit, or contrary to public morals, or causing an annoyance to public feelings shall be punished with flogging, which may not exceed forty lashes or with fine or with both.”

Read more here bit.ly/2Sz3das

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Sudanese police arrested singer Mona Magdi Salim on charges of “indecent” clothing after images of her performing in tight trousers and a white top circulated on social media.

Sudan’s strict Islamic morality laws criminalise “indecent dress” under Article 152 of the Sudanese Penal Code (1999). It is applied to “Whoever does in a public place an indecent act or an act contrary to public morals, or wears an obscene outfit, or contrary to public morals, or causing an annoyance to public feelings shall be punished with flogging, which may not exceed forty lashes or with fine or with both.”

Read more here  https://bit.ly/2Sz3das 

📷 Facebook / Mona Magdi Official

 

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Will you include a report on what Freemuse is doing about this? Hopefully multiple actions.

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

Freemuse is seeking an external evaluation. Read more about the proposal and tender process here 👉https://freemuse.org/jobs/external-evaluation/ ... See MoreSee Less

Freemuse is seeking an external evaluation. Read more about the proposal and tender process here 👉https://freemuse.org/jobs/external-evaluation/
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Srirak will run a "Freemuse Forum" at the Society for Ethnomusicology's annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico tonight. #SEM_2018 @SEM_Office

Find the full program here: https://t.co/A0E3mc7Yy3

An exhibition by #Serbian cartoonists Dušan Petričić & Predrag Koraksić #Corax was shut down a day after Corax’s caricature of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels bottle-feeding members of the Serbian Progressive Party copped criticism from state officials.

Serbia: Cartoon exhibition shut down following criticism by state officials of artist's caricature for local newspaper

A cartoon exhibition was shut down in Serbia following criticism of one of the artist's caricatures of Hitler and Goebbels bottle-feeding politicians.

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A #Turkish court has sentenced German-Kurdish singer Singer Hozan Cane to six years and three months in #jail for “being a member in a #terrorist organisation”.

“I am not a member of any organisation. I am merely an artist doing art,” she said,

Turkey: Singer jailed for six years on terrorism charge

German-Kurdish singer Singer Hozan Cane was sentenced to six years and three months in jail for "being a member in a terrorist organisation".

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Turkish singer and journalist @AtillaTasNet has been taken into custody to serve a three-year jail sentence, after an appeals court upheld his sentence for “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation as a non-member”.

Turkey: Singer taken to prison for ‘aiding terrorist organisation’

Turkish singer and journalist Atilla Taş has been taken to jail to serve a three-year sentence over his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

freemuse.org

Today, 12 November, is award-winning photographer & activist Shahidul Alam’s 100th day in detention. @Freemuse98 joins supporters around the world calling for his immediate and unconditional release. #FreeShahidul #FreeShahidulAlam #Bangladesh

A 100 days ago, Shahidul Alam was forcibly abducted by Bangladesh's law enforcement authorities, false charges concocted against him and illegally detained. The courts mysteriously continue to defer and refuse bail. Join us to raise our voices to demand his unconditional release.

At first day of trial against director Kirill Serebrennikov. His statement: I have never stolen anything and never formed any group except theatrical one"

Censors in the palace, artists in the jails: the global repression of artistic freedom https://t.co/XLg6JyKVi9 #ArtisticFreedom #ArtIsNotACrime

A venue in Russia has cancelled a gig by rapper Husky after pressure from prosecutors who claimed some of his lyrics call for cannibalism.

The lyrics in question are: “Remember you died and we ate your meat” from his song 'Poem about the motherland'.

Russia: Rapper’s gig cancelled after cannibalism claims

A venue in Russia has cancelled a gig by rapper Husky after pressure from prosecutors who claimed some of his lyrics call for cannibalism.

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Freemuse is seeking an external evaluation. Read more about the proposal and tender process here 👉https://t.co/we500s4LRs

An exhibition in Hong Kong by dissident Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao was cancelled by organisers following “threats made by the Chinese authorities”.

Read more 👉 https://t.co/7qqnk4d1is

The first part of @safemuse's video series SAFE—telling stories about artistic freedom, why it is important and what happens when you lose it—has been released, featuring @moddimusikk and Mai Khoi.
Check it out here: https://t.co/SMyKMx5hlQ

The band @WAVVES has received death threat at a #concert on 21 October in #Texas. The #band wrote on their Twitter that someone threatened them because they didn't play an #encore. Representatives for #Wavves confirmed that the incident took place.
https://t.co/zLHsci9rc7

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