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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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Syria: Music censorship film wins award

28 November 2005

  Syrian film director Mohamad Malas has won the Jury Prize for his film “Bab El Makam” at the fifth Marrakech International Film Festival, held on November 11-19, 2005. “Bab El Makam” tells the story of a young woman, who struggles against a society which does not accept her love …

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Algeria: Matoub Lounès and the struggle for Berber identity in Algeria

1 October 2004

Guerilla of pop: Matoub Lounès and the struggle for Berber identity in Algeria by Andy Morgan Read about the legendary Berber singer Matoub Lounès who was assasinated on 25 June 1998.  These 21 pages in A4-format is a chapter in the book ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ (Freemuse/Zed Books, May 2004). Reproduced with …

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Iran: Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany

10 May 2012

After the exiled Iranian rapper and rock guitarist Shahin Najafi released a controversial song entitled ‘Imam Naghi’, an Iranian cleric issued a death sentence (fatwa) against him, a news site in the country started a campaign calling for his assassination, and a religious site issued a reward for killing the …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

25 October 2011

  Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011. After eight years spent trying to break into the …

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Freemuse Award 2011

25 October 2011

Freemuse: Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011     Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November …

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