3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

18 December 2006
| Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews 



25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey

Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being implemented in countries all over the world

There were reports from Cuba in the west to Indonesia and China in the east. From Belarus in the north to Zimbabwe and South Africa in the south.

The conference attracted media from North America, Africa, Europe and Asia, and was covered heavily in Turkey by CNN, BBC and several major newspapers.

Attendees came from 22 countries. Photo by Anna Schori

Broadcasters from North America and Europe are planning to follow up on the Freemuse conference by dedicating a series of programmes to freedom of expression in music.

Several musicians taking part in the conference similarly have already initiated various collaborations.

The Freemuse staff documented the conference and will in the near future place more video interviews and reports here at Click on the pictures in the column on the right or use the link list below in order to see interviews, photos, and media coverage from the conference.


Roger Lucey from South Africa (left) and Marjan Vahdat from Iran.    Photos by Mik Aidt


Maxwell Sibanda about Zimbabwe

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Media coverage – with links to articles and radio shows



“…What can I say? A fantastic experience, probably the most interesting and certainly the most moving conference I have ever attended…”
John Baily

“…It was so moving for us. It gives us more power and courage to continue our aim in our work…”
Mahsa Vahdat

“…So many remarkable and moving stories…”
Susannah Tarbush

“…The Sunday evening was one of the best I’ve ever had!”
Jeroen de Kloet

“…The conference was the best I’ve ever attended on any subject…”
Stephan Smith-Said


Who’s who? Speakers at the conference

Conference programme


The conference was attended by more than 200 people.
It was hosted by Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi.

Local partners in Istanbul were: Association for Intercultural Communication, organiser of the PERAFEST, Association for Freedom of Expression and Turkish Pen. All local partners are deeply involved in the protection of freedom of expression for artists.


The conference took place in Istanbul – a meeting place of cultures and civilisations


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