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The following are speeches on music censorship and artistic freedom of expression.

Artists are truth tellers risking their lives for us

Our consideration of the human rights in any country should include the freedom of artists to express their heart, writes Deeyah Khan – a critically acclaimed music producer, composer and an Emmy aw [...]

Artists are truth tellers risking their lives for us

Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council

On 3 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, Freemuse made its first oral statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Commenting on the newly launched UN report on artistic freedom and crea [...]

Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council

Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

  Amplifying music in the face of censorship A presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 Novem [...]

Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Andres Contreras

Singing the Struggle: The Trials of a Political Minstrel Mexican musician Andrés Contreras’ speech at the 14th biennial conference held in Mexico by the International Association for the Stud [...]

IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Andres Contreras

IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Ole Reitov

Music Bans, Torture, Trials and Marginalization Freemuse programme officer Ole Reitov’s speech at the 14th biennial conference held in Mexico by the International Association for the Study of Po [...]

IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Ole Reitov

Selda Bagcan: speech – November 2006

Selda Bağcan has sold albums counted in millions, and she has been accused with sentences that accumulate to over 500 years of imprisonment if they were carried out. In this testimony she speaks abou [...]

Selda Bagcan: speech – November 2006

Ferhat Tunc

Singer and composer (Turkey)   “In total, if you add all the court cases against me, that will add up to 10 and a half years imprisonment – if they all come to pass. But in spite of all this [...]

Ferhat Tunc

Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Ali Abu Shadi

Better the devil you know At the Freemuse conference on freedom of musical expression in Beriut, October 2005, Ali Abu Shadi spoke about his work as the chairman of the central Censorship Department i [...]

Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Ali Abu Shadi

Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Mai Ghoussoub

It is banned to ban Summary of Mai Ghoussoub’s speech at the Freemuse Conference in Beirut, 2005 “Censorship never works.” This was the overall message from Mai Ghoussoub at the Beirut confe [...]

Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Mai Ghoussoub

Presentation of Zimbabwe report by Banning Eyre

Freemuse report on Zimbabwe presented at WOMEX 2001     Journalist and writer Banning Eyre (US) presenting his report, Playing With Fire – Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music, at WOME [...]

Presentation of Zimbabwe report by Banning Eyre

Afghanistan report launch: welcome speeches

The launch took place in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several BBC units, Associated Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others were prese [...]

Afghanistan report launch: welcome speeches

Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation

Speech by Mr. Hans Skaarup, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Imagine a young person in a music quiz in the radio or on TV. The question is: “Has the German composer Mendelssohn ever [...]

Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation
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