Myanmar/Burma: Musicians are being arrested

30 April 2008

Two members of the controversial Burmese hip-hop group Acid have recently been arrested, possibly because of lyrics in some of their songs referring to the lack of press freedom in the country. Artists in Burma have had a hard time since the September 2007 demonstrations. In November 2007 the lead …

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Campaign: Urge for immediate release of Burmese musician

25 April 2008

 Freemuse joins International PEN’s campaign supporting Win Maw, arrested by Burmese authorities on 27 November 2007. Win Maw is held in the Insein Prison, Yangon, and is said to be seriously ill as a result of torture in detention. On 7 May 2008 it was reported that Win Maw had been …

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Myanmar/Burma: Music under siege

28 October 2005

Music has provided a rallying point for the masses during political upheavals in Burma, just as it has elsewhere in South-East Asia. It has served as a potent response to the rapid political and social displacements brought on by neocolonialism, industrialization and dictatorship.By Aung Zaw       Music has …

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