Newsletter no. 2 / 2012

1 June 2012

  Another attack on rap artists in Angola Armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods, 15 men attacked a group of ten young people in Angola, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental. Read more:   After the ‘beauty contest’ in Baku: The beast is …

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Newsletter no. 1 / 2012

27 February 2012

  Here it comes! This Saturday is…     On Saturday 3 March the annual Music Freedom Day is marked with events, seminars, exhibitions, film shows, radio programmes and news paper articles on the subject of freedom of expression for musicians all over the world. Events are currently being prepared …

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Newsletter no. 3 / 2011

25 November 2011

  Content: • 2011 Freemuse Award winner: Ramy Essam • Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Prize • Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians • Global network for artistic freedom of expression • Freemuse workshops in Kabul and Islamabad • Freemuse relaunches on Facebook with improved page   2011 Freemuse …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2011

29 June 2011

Musicians break taboos in Tunisia “Before the revolution there was abuse and media ban. The authorities were afraid of our songs and we were threatened. After the revolution musicians have started to break taboos and now sing about real problems,” says Tunisian rapper Mehdi R2M, who recently joined a Freemuse …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2011

23 February 2011

Music Freedom Day: Thursday 3 March As millions of people demonstrate for freedom of expression and democracy in the Middle East, the song ‘152 mesures contre la censure’ featuring 10 rappers, recorded for Freemuse and the Music Freedom Day in 2007 is as relevant as ever. This years’ Music Freedom …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2010

20 October 2010

Freemuse receives generous grant Freemuse has received a generous project grant from SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency, after the government launched ‘Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratization and Freedom of Expression’. The grant enables Freemuse to set up three regional networks in support of persecuted musicians, and initiate new collaborations …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2010

12 August 2010

Index on Censorship publishes ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, will publish a special theme issue on music censorship – ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ – on 8 September. The issue is produced in collaboration with Freemuse. Read more: Smashed Hits 2.0 Freemuse receives grant …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2010

16 June 2010

UN General Secretary asked Cameroon’s president to consider imprisoned singer’s case When UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon visited Cameroon earlier this month, he carried a letter about the imprisonment of Lapiro de Mbanga, and reportedly asked President Biya to “favourably consider” the case of the singer. The US Senator Richard …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2010

25 January 2010

HEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES Censorship of heavy metal music is the topic of a new Freemuse report published on 22 February 2010. Written by Mark LeVine, the report looks into censorship of metal music from China to Morocco. Read more: Freemuse report on censorship of heavy metal music FREEMUSE CD: …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2009

26 October 2009

IMPRISONED MUSICIAN SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM PRIZE Nominated by Freemuse, imprisoned singer Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon has been shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize. The case against singer Lapiro has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US-based lawyers’ advocacy organisation has joined the campaign for the …

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