Shoot the Singer! Photos for download

21 April 2004

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The Kurdish group Koma Asmin were taken to a police station after a successful concert and interrogated by the anti-terror department.
(Photo courtesy of the Mesopotamian Cultural Centre)
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During their rule in Afghanistan, the Taliban arranged bonfires of ‘evil’ music (tapes, records, videos and CDs)
Photo published by Al-Hayat, May 2001

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The Cuban musician Gorki, sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, in front of wall inscription ‘We wish to be happy here’
(Photo courtesy of Gorki)

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Guidelines for censors at the South African Broadcasting Corporation

  1. Swearwords are unacceptable.
  2. The lyrics contain blatant unacceptable sexual references, which will cause offence.
  3. The lyrics are in bad taste and will cause offence.
  4. The occult elements in the lyrics are unacceptable.
  5. The lyrics may inflame public opinion.
  6. Unfair promotion of a political party or movement is unacceptable.
  7. Lyrics propagate the usage of drugs.
  8. Glorification of the devil is unacceptable.
  9. Blasphemy is unacceptable.
  10. It is forbidden to use the national anthem in this way.
  11. The SABC believes this song is open to misunderstanding. The song has no positive message or statement against AIDS.
  12. The impression of a Christ-figure, different to Christ is found in the lyrics and therefore unacceptable.
  13. The total nihilistic approach is unacceptable.


Read more:


Shoot the Singer! – table of contents
Read selected chapters of ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ – and see the contents of the included CD
20 April 2004
Shoot the Singer! Media coverage and reviews
Review excerpts and full media coverage listing of the Freemuse-edited book ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’
23 November 2004
Shoot the Singer! Book
‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ is the first worldwide presentation of contemporary cases of music censorship
25 May 2004
Shoot the Singer! Photos for download
Download photos from “Shoot the Singer!”
21 April 2004
Censorship threatens future musicians
Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbabwe) and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe interviewed by BBC at the launch of the book: Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today
01 June 2004
Press release: Shoot the Singer!
New book on worldwide censorship of music. Edited by Marie Korpe, Freemuse. Published by Zed Books (London), 18 May 2004
20 April 2004

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