Deeyah Khan to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

17 November 2016


Award-winning film director and activist Deeyah Khan will be appointed UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador on artistic freedom on 21 November 2016 by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at the organisation’s headquarters in Paris. Welcoming the appointment, Freemuse Executive Director Ole Reitov said: We have worked with Deeyah for many years and …

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Norway: World women gathering to explore freedom of expression

26 January 2015

On 30-31 January 2015, an unusual gathering of world women will unfold over two days of conversations and performances at Riksscenen in Oslo, Norway. The summit is organised by artist and activist Deeyah Khan. ‘World Woman’ is “a convening of courageous and creative women who are defenders of freedom of …

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Artists are truth tellers risking their lives for us

14 March 2014

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 award-winning documentary film director – in this statement she submitted to the United Nations in March 2014. Video …

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Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”

14 December 2012

  In the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’, ex-singer Deeyah and actor Arshad Hussain testifies about serious threaths and an actual abduction, a reality faced by some performing artists due to social and cultural pressures in Afghanistan as well as Norway.  Arshad Hussain is the man behind several initiatives …

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Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN

14 November 2012

  Norwegian-Pakistani singer, music producer, composer, film maker and human rights activist Deeyah is awarded this year’s Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian chapter of PEN International. The Ossietzky prize is Norwegian PEN’s prize for outstanding achievements within the field of freedom of expression and is awarded annually on …

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USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

11 November 2010

The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse programme manager Ole Reitov who produced the CD …

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Radio Without Borders: Listen to the Banned

10 November 2010

Here on Earth — Radio Without Borders, a one-hour live weekday global cultural affairs programme on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasted a special feature programme about the album ‘Listen to the banned’ on 10 November 2010. Guests: * Deeyah, singer, musician, human rights activist, and producer of the album Listen to …

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CD: Listen to the banned

15 March 2010

Tiken Jah Fakoly about the new Freemuse CD album: ‘CD highlights artists who fight for justice’     The CD ‘Listen to the banned’ has been well received by broadcasters all over Europe. “Some broadcasters have mentioned that not only does the CD feature some important political songs but even …

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Facts about the CD ‘Listen to the banned’

3 March 2010

Compiled by the artist Deeyah and Freemuse, this CD compilation album is published on 3 March 2010 by Norway’s most successful music label, Grappa Records, and distributed internationally. They are all there: Lapiro de Mbanga, Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amal Murkus, Marcel Khalife, Mahsa Vahdat, Ferhat Tunç…  They …

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EU/USA: Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music

18 August 2008

Within a growing scene for Islamic hip-hop in the United Kingdom, women rappers are facing a tough time. When a woman tries to break into the scene she is often intimidated, or even threatened, reported the New Statesman magazine. During 2007–2008, the Norwegian Muslim singer and human rights activist Deeyah …

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