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What Drove Violations

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: WHAT DROVE VIOLATIONS The following section of the Art under Threat in 2016 report explores the issues and tendencies that drove governments and other groups to limit artistic expression. TABLE OF CONTENTS * Click on the following titles to be taken to that part of …

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Ethiopia: Crackdown on Oromo musicians

6 January 2016

The current unrest in the Oromia region with news reports about a state crackdown on musicians is nothing new in Ethiopia, explains Endalk in this background article. In the last two decades, any Oromo singer who gravitated towards political and social activism have been subjected to intimidation, abductions, and torture. …

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Ethiopia: Three singers arrested, abducted and tortured

6 January 2016

Three Oromo protest singers have reportedly been arrested, abducted and tortured in Ethiopia during December 2015: Hawi Tezera, Jireenyaa Shifarraa and Bilisummaa Dinquu. Hawi Tezera, an ethnic Oromo singer, was reportedly beaten, arrested, released and then rearrested in the space of just seven days in December 2015 by Ethiopian government …

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Ethiopia: Book about censorship of arts in the Ethiopian society

11 February 2014

‘Maekeb’, which means ‘Sanction’, is a new book by Endalegeta Kebede. It focuses on the censorship challenges experienced by creative members of Ethiopian society. The Reporter in Addis Abeba and the global website AllAfrica.com published a review of the book, written by Neamin Ashenafi, on 8 February 2014. Excerpts: In …

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Ethiopia: Unanswered question of censorshiip at Teddy Afro’s first concert

14 October 2009

Was it self-censorship or restrictions that held Teddy Afro back from playing his two most controversial songs at his triumphant ‘back-in-freedom concert’ which gathered 30,000 of his fans on 11 October 2009?By Tsigue Shiferaw — Freemuse’s correspondent in Addis Ababa   An estimated 30,000 people came on 11 October 2009 …

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Ethiopia: Teddy Afro free at last

18 August 2009

On 13 August 2009 at around 5 PM quietly outside the high court in Lideta in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro was finally released from prison. Freemuse caught up with him the following day at this mother’s home, where he gave this short interview. Reggae and pop singer …

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Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist

6 August 2008

The defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaper which interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer was convicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August.  By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s reporter in Addis Ababa The …

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