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Declaration from the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship in November 1998

18 November 1998

During the conference it has been documented that numerous governments and political and religious groups in the World Community are violating the rights of freedom of expression for musicians, songwriters, lyricists and composers.

These violations include censorship, banning, physical and mental abuse, imprisonment and even assassination.

As specified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.

As a result of the conference we are establishing a network to defend the rights of musicians within the spirit of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We ask for your support to bring violations of their fundamental rights of freedom of expression to the widest possible international attention and to dedicate yourself, along with us, to the eradication of these forms of human rights abuse.

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