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United Kingdom: Britain at War

1 January 2001

“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re …

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Marcel Khalife – the blasphemy trials

1 January 2001

On 3 November 1999, Marcel Khalife appeared before the Beirut Court of First Instance, accused of blasphemy, charges that could bring him six months to six years imprisonment. The charge against him relates to the song ‘Oh Father, I am Yusuf’, based on a poem by the Palestinian poet and …

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South Africa: Johnny Clegg

1 January 2001

“Censorship is based on fear. It is conservative and wants to preserve a particular set of values,” says Johnny Clegg who discusses censorship in a larger context: “Censorship is a brute blind reaction to a brute blind recognition that information is not neutral…” Johnny Clegg was interviewed in South Africa …

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Miguel Angel Estrella

1 January 2001

“My torturers were in the habit of telling me: ‘We know that you are not a member of the guerrilla but you are worst, because with your piano, your ‘charisma’, you can put the “negrada” working class into your pocket. Over here, we are the Gods and we are wagging …

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Chen Shi-Zheng

1 January 2001

“…Anything for the public that is not about how beautyful our country or people are, is not acceptable”, says Chinese opera director Chen Shi-Zhen. His long awaited staging of the 400-year-old classical opera “Mu Dan Ting” (Peony Pavillion) was not only banned inside the borders of China; the Shanghai Bureau …

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Junoon

1 January 2001

The Pakistani rock band got in serious trouble when its members protested against the nuclear bomb tests of Pakistan and India. Junoon was denied the right to perform for a long period in Pakistan. One of their songs about corruption did not exactly make life easier for them. “Censorship can …

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South Africa: Hugh Masekela

1 January 2001

“If you can stay in the US and become a big name, you can do more for your country,” was the advice given by Harry Belafonte to Hugh Masekela in the mid 1960s. Masekela became world famous and one of the leading artists against apartheid. Here, Maekela amongst others tells …

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Djembe Online

1 January 2001

Djembe The world music magazine Djembe online. Special issue on music and censorship. Articles in English and Danish; www.djembe.dk/no/26/08ci1.html

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UK: Fun-da-mental

1 January 2001

Founded in 1991 as a reaction to racism, musical oppression, narrow-mindness and stereotyping by media got a lot of trouble for the video “Dog Tribe”. The innovative and outspoken band has faced many attempts of censorship in Great Britain. Click to listen “The UN Declaration on Human Rights is an …

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