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Australia: New censorship codes imposed

1 March 2004

Australia: New censorship codes imposed Editorial on how the Federal Government has over-reacted to a tiny protest group’s complaints about song lyrics. In February 2004 the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) announced on its website the first two artists to be classified Level 3 under the new code. The sticker on the …

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Clear Channel adopt new decency standards

27 February 2004

Clear Channel Communications Inc. has adopted new “decency” standards to make sure that material its radio stations air conforms to local community standards. From Reuters; http://entertainment.excite.com/article/id/387245%7Centertainment%7C02-25-2004::09:30%7Creuters.html  

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27 February 2004

Support Freemuse You can support Freemuse in a number of different ways. Become a member As a member you become a part of our network. You can choose to be a paying member or a supporting member. Read more. Paying members can vote and nominate members to the Executive Committee.Donate …

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Iraq: Traditional Iraqi music under threat

11 February 2004

Iraq: Shia extremists want music silenced Iraqi musicians have been targeted by some Muslim radicals who want to wipe out many features of secular Iraq, writes Aljazeera.net Famous across Iraq for their sea shanties, musicians in southern Iraq’s Basra port, who have endured conflict and poverty under the 12 years …

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Censorship in Kuwait

10 February 2004

An Islamist lawmaker has said he was coordinating with other MPs to ban music education at schools in Kuwait because it was “anti-Islamic and a waste of time.” From ABC news online; http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1016896.htm    

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Fresh Iranian bands ready to rock

9 February 2004

A music competition aims at introducing new talent in the Islamic Republic. But when you live and work in the Islamic Republic of Iran, there are certain limitations, either subconscious or explicit, on forms of self-expression. Subjects such as censorship, quality, and who should be the judge turned many meetings …

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“Anti-police” rap CD targeted in Arizona

3 February 2004

A US County Sheriff has asked Tower Records to remove from its shelves a locally produced rap CD that contains anti-police lyrics and a raunchy drawing of the sheriff. According to a Tower Records spokesperson: “We really believe in the First Amendment (..) But in this case, we had to …

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Explicit Lyrics & Parental Advisory

1 February 2004

Tipper Gore, the PMRC, and the infamous black-and-white logo: Background material and news articles The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the majority of record labels in the country, has posted a black-and-white logo, warning of explicit content, on album covers since 1985. The history behind Parental Advisory and …

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Spain: Censorship of Basque musicians

28 January 2004

Censorship in Spain Article from International Basque Organization For Human Rights Published January 2004   When we think of musical censorship in these modern times, it is usually totalitarian governments that come to mind as the instigators. Censorship of music and film rarely occurs in modern day Europe, right? Wrong. …

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Spain: Basque singer suffers from concert prohibitions

28 January 2004

Spain: Basque singer Fermin Muguruza suffers from concert prohibitions by Michael Abt-Okudzeto, True School booking and artist management (Germany). Published 19th of January 2004 The probably most well-known basque rock singer Fermin Muguruza suffers from concert prohibitions. Also appearances of the new formation Fermin Muguruza Kontrabanda are forbidden. Thus one …

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