North Korea: 12 musicians executed by firing squad

30 August 2013

Unconfirmed reports claim the famous North Korean pop singer Hyun Song-wol was among a number of musicians who were executed by firing squad on 20 August 2013, according to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. On 29 August 2013, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported that Hyun …

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CPJ: Eritrea, North Korea and Syria among 10 most censored countries

2 May 2012

Eritrea has emerged as the world’s most censored country, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its analysis of press restrictions around the globe. Following closely on CPJ’s 10 Most Censored Countries list are North Korea, Syria, and Iran — three nations where vast restrictions on information have enormous …

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North Korea: Three years in prison for simply singing a wrong song

9 June 2008

Because she had sung a South Korean folk song and taught it to four others in 1992, the North Korean singer Ji Hae Nam (Hae-Nam Ji) was imprisoned for three years, tortured and sexually abused. “Normally, concerts in North Korea are limited to performances of music that [the country’s leader] …

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North Korea: Jason Carter – ‘The Colour Of Silence’

24 April 2007

 Excerpts from Jason Carter’s diary, ‘The Colour Of Silence In The Axis Of Evil’       Jason Carter is a British guitarist who has travelled and toured in more than 70 countries. This is his personal account of his first performance in North Korea – as the second person …

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North Korea: Exiled because of passion for jazz

6 April 2006

Classical pianist Kim Cheol-woong (Cheol Woong Kim) had to flee North Korea to realise his dream of becoming a jazz pianist. Since 2003, he has lived in South Korea   In North Korea, access to most foreign music is banned. People can be imprisoned for listening to South Korean music, …

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Korea: ‘The people united’

24 February 2003

 MUSIC FOR NORTH KOREA’S ‘GREAT LEADER’ AND ‘DEAR LEADER’ By Keith Howard, Senior Lecturer, SOAS, and Director, AHRB Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance, UKIn North Korea the word “censorship” is a euphemism. The government simply controls all areas of musical life. Keith Howard’s paper examines this very …

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1980-2000 Asia

1 January 2001

1980s. Pakistan. Music was banned on PTV, the national tv station in Pakistan. 1980s til today. North Korea In North Korea, music is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with patriotic worker-driven themes played on radios or in public by large worker’s orchestras. Kim Jong …

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