Myanmar/Burma: Two musicians arrested, another released after torture

16 November 2009

Singer Nyi Paing and songwriter Min Satta have reportedly been arrested by Burmese authorities’ Special Branch. Another report says the singer Htoo Htoo Chay who was arrested in September has been released from prison after being tortured. “We got confirmation that 41 people were arrested in October, but we don’t …

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Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison

12 January 2009

On 6 January 2009, the Burmese military junta authorities released popular hip-hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in April 2008, reported Mizzima News. The popular singer was released on Tuesday evening by the western district court in the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon after the judge during the …

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Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop performer sentenced to six years in prison

20 November 2008

27-year-old performer sentenced to six years in prison   One of the most popular performers on Burma’s music scene, hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a Rangoon court on 20 November 2008 for his involvement in anti-regime protests, reported The Irrawaddy.   Zayar Thaw (also …

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Myanmar/Burma: Musican Win Maw sentenced to six years in prison

14 November 2008

Musician Win Maw received a sentence of six years imprisonment by a closed court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison on 11 November 2008, relatives reported The 46-year-old guitarist Ko Win Maw was convicted for “sending false news abroad”, even though it wasn’t false, and there wasn’t any evidence against him to …

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Film med Freemuse Award modtager vises i K

22 September 2008

Burma / China / Côte d’Ivoire Tiken Jah Fakoly, som modtog Freemuse Award 2008, er en af hovedpersonerne i en ny dokumentarfilm, ‘An Independent Mind’ — som handler om ytringsfrihed og om hvor langt mennesker i forskellige lande er parat til at g

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China/Cote d’Ivoire/Myanmar/Burma: ‘An Independent Mind’

22 September 2008

Film with Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, who received the Freemuse Award 2008, is one of the main characters in a new documentary film, ‘An Independent Mind’ — about freedom of speech and how far individuals in different countries will go in order to preserve it. The 90-minutes film …

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Myanmar/Burma: Interview with exiled musician Mun Awng

1 July 2008

Living with censorship in Burma (Myanmar): ‘Nobody will know you anymore’ Musician Mun Awng left Burma to be able to make music free of censorship and in hope of improving the political situation in his country. He started his musical career in the 1980s while studying in Rangoon, but being …

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Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw arrested

15 May 2008

The following article was transmitted by International PEN’s Rapid Action Network on 15 May 2008 The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN is gravely concerned for the well-being of leading Burmese musician Win Maw, who was arrested on 27 November 2007 and is said to be seriously ill as a result …

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Myanmar/Burma: Musicians are being arrested

30 April 2008

Two members of the controversial Burmese hip-hop group Acid have recently been arrested, possibly because of lyrics in some of their songs referring to the lack of press freedom in the country. Artists in Burma have had a hard time since the September 2007 demonstrations. In November 2007 the lead …

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