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Vietnam: Ministry of Culture temporarily banned two singers

27 August 2012

Two vietnamese singers, Tan and Tho, were temporarily banned from performing in any domestic or international events after they had abandoned a performance at a diplomatic show celebrating the signing of a friendship treaty between Vietnam and Laos. The singers Trong Tan and Anh Tho “must be disciplined for what …

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Vietnam: Poets persecuted by police

12 January 2012

When poet Bùi Chát came back from Buenos Aires in April of 2010, where he had received the International Publishers Association’s prize Freedom to Publish, he was greeted at the airport in Saigon by the domestic police, who not only confiscated the prize money and Chát’s computer (throughout the years …

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Vietnam: British pianist banned from performing

30 May 2007

Award-winning British concert pianist Stephen Hough, one of the most critically admired pianists active today, has had a planned performance in Hanoi cancelled, evidently over his gay identity and forthright views on the Roman Catholic Church Vietnamese officials said they worried about that they cannot guarantee his safety and refused …

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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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