New Zealand: Court overturns ban on 2014 political parody song

26 October 2016

New Zealand’s Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s decision to reverse the ban placed on Darren Watson’s song, ‘Planet Key’, and its accompanying animated video by Jeremy Jones, which were released during New Zealand’s 2014 general election and seen as political advertising rather than a parody on Prime …

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New Zealand: Musician takes ban of his satirical song to court

19 September 2014

New Zealand blues singer Darren Watson has taken the country’s Electoral Commission to court to try and reverse a ban on his satirical song ‘Planet Key’. The commision told him to stop promoting and selling the song, which makes fun of Prime Minister John Key, or face prosecution. A hearing …

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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 14 March 2014: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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New Zealand: American rappers banned from entering the country

14 February 2014

Rappers Odd Future from Los Angeles have been banned from entering New Zealand after officials decided they pose a threat to public order. In an official statement, Immigration New Zealand explained that the rappers had been “deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for …

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New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled

15 November 2011

  Promoters of the travelling ‘Big Day Out’ festival removed the American rap group Odd Future from the festival’s Auckland lineup due to objections from locals over the group’s homophobic lyrics. Odd Future is a ten-member cult rap collective from Los Angeles, USA, aged between 16 and 20. The group’s …

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New Zealand: Indonesian embassy stops musical performance

19 February 2007

At a festival in New Zealand, an audio-visual composition which focus on the indigenous people and politics of Indonesia was withdrawn after presure from the Indonesian embassy “The rights of New Zealanders have been infringed,” stated the composer of the musical piece ‘Papua Merdeka’ which was withdrawn at the Asia …

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