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Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Ferhat Tunc

30 January 2009

PUBLICATIONS   TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE     IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS   Ferhat Tunç Musician and composer, Turkey       My relationship with Freemuse started in 2003. In August that year I was imprisoned and was released again soon afterwards. This drew attention both locally and internationally. Through this …

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Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Marcel Khalife

30 January 2009

PUBLICATIONS   TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE     IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS   Marcel Khalife Musician and composer, Lebanon       Freemuse stands for music and the reaffirmation of the rights of musicians and their protection from prohibitions, censorship and threats.Freemuse is an expression of our responsibility towards our musical …

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Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Deeyah

30 January 2009

PUBLICATIONS   TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE     IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS   Deeyah Musician and composer, Norway / Pakistan       Music has been an intrinsic part of not only my life but human life and the development of every people, society and culture throughout history. Music possesses the …

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Pakistan: Gulzar Alam

26 January 2009

Audio interview with the popular Pashtun singer Gulzar Alam who escaped an attack on his life on 16 October 2008. Freemuse talked to Gulzar Alam about the incident and his feeling as a singer when Taliban militants bombed hundreds of music shops in the restive north-western Pakistan. The interview was …

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Pakistan: Taliban kill dancer in Swat valley

15 January 2009

Shabana, one of Pakistan’s celebrated dancers, was shot dead in Mingora on 2 January 2009 after defying the Taliban’s ban on music and dance. Armed men reportedly dragged Shabana away from her home in Banr Bazaar, and she begged them to shoot her rather than slit her throat. Her body …

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Turkey: Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks

6 January 2009

  Singer and tv host Bülent Ersoy has been acquitted of charges against her for having made anti-military remarks during a tv programme broadcasted on 24 February 2008. Bülent Ersoy was charged with “alienating people from military service” over her remarks at the show Popstar Alaturka where she was a …

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North-west Pakistan: Jihadi hymns replace music

29 December 2008

The rapidly growing influence of the Taliban in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has left the areas’ singers and musicians with few choices: Either quit singing or face the wrath of different Taliban groups. By Shaheen Buneri – reporting for Freemuse from Peshawar   In this newspaper advertisement published by …

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Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban

17 December 2008

A group of six Afghan musicians has been kidnapped by the Taliban for defying a ban on music. This was reported by Agence France-Presse and various news media in Asia and Australia. According to Times of India one of the six musicians abducted on 13 December 2008 was found dead …

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