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Breaking the Silence: Music in Afghanistan

1 March 2002

Under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan musical instruments were destroyed and burned. The only music allowed was unaccompanied Taliban chants. Breaking the Silence was shot in Kabul just after the fall of the Taliban regime and portrays, among other things, the first concerts in the bombed-out city. ‘Breaking the Silence: …

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Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London

1 June 2001

  On Tuesday 24th April 2001 Freemuse launched its very first report; “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan, written by Dr. John Baily. The launch took place at London’s Kufa Gallery in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the …

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Afghanistan report launch: welcome speeches

1 May 2001

The launch took place in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several BBC units, Associated Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others were present. Read more about the launch Read welcome speeches by Moris Farhi Marie Korpe  Read the report Welcome speech by Mr. Moris Farhi, …

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Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan

1 May 2001

  John Baily “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan Freemuse, Copenhagen, April 2001, ISSN 1601-2127 Dr. John Baily is a reader in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths College, London, and one of the worlds’ leading experts on Afghan music. Read abstract     Read the …

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South Korea: Enhanced censorship on cultural contents

1 January 2001

A new South Korean bill requires every music video to be rated prior to upload. Failure to comply will result in up to two years in prison or a hefty fine, reported Global Voices on 20 August 2012. Artists and South Korean net users have labeled it a new form …

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Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Naim Majrouh, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  Ladies and Gentlemen! In the last 20 years due to war, political and social instability, disorder and lawlessness many aspects of our culture have been devastated. Museums have been looted, libraries have been burned, important and valuable …

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1950-1979 Asia

1 January 2001

1966-1976. China In 1966, Mao became troubled by the pervasive influence of Western music. He abruptly resolved the issue by banning Westernization altogether during the violent and disruptive purges conducted throughout his Cultural Revolution. Overnight, all things Western were banned, including Western-oriented classical music. Beethoven and Brahms were out, and …

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Myanmar (former Burma)

2 January 2000

Myanmar/Burma: ‘Will censorship of music end?’ asks BBC reporter in Rangoon BBC News’ Jonah Fisher has interviewed Ye Ngwe Soe, lead-singer of the punk band No U Turn, one of the best-known acts on the Rangoon punk scene. 13 April 2012   Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released Win Maw, one …

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