Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2009

23 April 2009

  NEWSLETTER 1 — 2009   Pakistan: Total ban on music in Swat Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan. Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have left for other provinces. Read the reports …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2008

9 October 2008

  NEWSLETTER 4 — 2008   Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail Lapiro de Mbanga, a popular singer in Cameroon, has been sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Freemuse and International Pen are campaigning for the release …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2008

6 August 2008

NEWSLETTER 3 — 2008   Dark spot in China: Imprisonment of Tibetan musicians As the Olympic Games in Beijing make news headlines around the world, stories of musicians being oppressed and silenced reach Freemuse from the country’s ‘back garden’ behind the mountain plateau of Tibet. Tibetan singers Drolmakyi and Jamyang …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2008

6 May 2008

  Campaigns in support of three arrested musicians Freemuse has joined the campaigns in support of three arrested musicians – two in Cameroon and one in China: Cameroon • Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience were arrested in Cameroon on 9 April and 20 March 2008 respectively for criticising …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2008

3 March 2008

African reggae-star Tiken Jah Fakoly first Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, the outspoken Ivorian reggae singer who has tirelessly denounced political corruption, is the first winner of the new Freemuse Award. An idol for millions of Africans, who feel disenfranchised and repressed, Tiken Jah has never compromised. In December …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 5 / 2007

28 November 2007

Freemuse Award 2008 A Freemuse Award will be presented for the first time in connection with Music Freedom Day 2008. Freemuse has received a donation from the Björn Afzelius International Culture Fund. The award will be given to an individual or organisation that “has worked for freedom of musical expression …

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Freemuse Newsletter No 4 / 2007

26 November 2007

Music will not be silenced: New Freemuse report With 14 video interviews and written overviews of music censorship in countries as diverse as Algeria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Ivory Coast and Cuba, the new Freemuse report is the closest you get to a global overview of music censorship today. And it …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2007

18 March 2007

NEWSLETTER 3 — 2007   Nobel prize winner introduces Freemuse book “How can you put a song behind bars?”. This is a question that Dario Fo, the Italian Nobel Laureate in literature, raises in the introduction to the Italian edition of the Freemuse book ‘Shoot the singer’. The book is …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2007

16 March 2007

NEWSLETTER 2 — 2007   Pakistan: Extremists kill one, injure two in attacks on music shops Two separate terrorist attacks on music centres left one killed and two seriously injured in Mardan and Peshawar respectively as extremist religious groups have intensified their campaign against all forms of entertainment in north-west …

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Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2007

24 January 2007

NEWSLETTER 1 — 2007   Happy New Year to all! Freemuse will sign a new agreement with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) which enables us to keep up the work we do at the secretariat 2007-2011. New Freemuse report: ‘Hidden Truths’ in Belarus In a new report on music …

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