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Freedom of musical expression in the Middle East – report

6 June 2006

Marie Korpe (ed.) ’All that is Banned is Desired’ Conference on Freedom of Expression in Music, Beirut 2005Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2006 ISSN: 1601-2127 Read the report (in English language) Purchase printed version Read the report (in Arabic language)  There is an Arab saying ‘Kul Mamnou’ Marghoub.’ ‘All that is banned is …

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Lebanon: Music producer called in for “investigation”

2 June 2006

A Lebanese composer of Dark Ambient music is to be investigated on 2 June 2006 at the headquarter of the General Security department in Beirut, his music being categorised as “satanic” and “offensive to people’s morals”   Osman Arabi, 24 – also known as Xardas – is a composer of Dark Ambient music, based …

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Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife banned in Tunisia

2 January 2006

By Freemuse   Marcel Khalife, one of the most appreciated composers and singers in the Arab world and also one of the most respected by local and international rights groups, recently told the media that his music and songs have been banned in Tunisia by the state-controlled radio and TV …

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Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Ali Abu Shadi

29 November 2005

Better the devil you know At the Freemuse conference on freedom of musical expression in Beriut, October 2005, Ali Abu Shadi spoke about his work as the chairman of the central Censorship Department in Egypt. “I accepted the job because I wanted to do something positive. I tried to change …

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Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Moe Hamzeh

29 November 2005

A Threat from Hell? Who feels threatened by Heavy Metal? What is so offensive? Is it the music, the lyrics or the references to religion and death after life? These were some of the questions raised by rock musician Moe Hamzeh at the Conference on Freedom of Expression in Beirut in October …

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Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Mai Ghoussoub

29 November 2005

It is banned to ban Summary of Mai Ghoussoub’s speech at the Freemuse Conference in Beirut, 2005 “Censorship never works.” This was the overall message from Mai Ghoussoub at the Beirut conference on Freedom of Expression and Music in October, 2005. An absolute principle of her youth was the phrase …

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Silence is death – Censorship in the Arab world

31 October 2005

‘Freedom of Expression in Music’ conference in Beirut posed many questions but did it reach any solutions? By Trevor Mostyn for The Daily Star BEIRUT: Plato recognized music’s ability to threaten people and society while Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars have at times described it as a source of sin. …

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Lebanon: Islamic scholar rejects religious censorship of music

14 October 2005

“There is no ban on music in the Qur’an, and those talking about which music is haram (forbidden/bad) and which music is halal (allowed) have very weak evidence,” says a renowned Islamic scholar from The Beirut Studies and Documentation CenterBy Ole Reitov, Freemuse  While authorities in Iran are ready to …

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Najwa Karam banned by the Lebanese Censorship Committee

2 April 2004

    In March 2004, the Lebanese Surete Generale censored a video clip entitled “Why are You Emigrating?” by Najwa Karam, a well known singer. The Censorship department at The Surate Generale linked the content of the video clip to the clashes that occurred between security forces and some students …

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Lebanese censors seize hundreds of DVDs and three CDs

10 February 2002

Lebanese police have confiscated 600 video-DVDs and three music-CDs from a Virgin Megastore in Beirut. According to the BBC News, a score of plain-clothed and uniformed policemen raided the store on Thursday, January 3, 2002. The store manager then spent most of the next two days in police custody, and …

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