Press release: Freemuse urges OIC to protect musicians

20 April 2009

 Freemuse is deeply concerned that in several member states of the OIC, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, musicians and music retailers are being attacked, banned and even killed in the name of religion

In an appeal to Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Freemuse urges the OIC to strongly dissociate itself from these attacks in the name of extremist interpretations of Islam.

Freemuse reminds OIC members that artists from the Muslim world have during centuries contributed greatly to the world heritage, and that OIC member states should respect and protect the present musical activities and creativity in the World of Islam.

Several member states of OIC implement severe restrictions on music in public life and Freemuse invites OIC to initiate a dialogue regarding such violations of freedom of musical expression.

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