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Turkey: Delegation in support of Ferhat Tunc

27 September 2007

EU-politician and famous Danish musician join Freemuse delegation, travelling to attend the court case in Turkey against Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç on 4 October 2007. When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court in Izmir on 4 October, the court case will be closely followed by …

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Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir

27 September 2007

Leading member of the European Parliament joins Freemuse at Ferhat Tunç court case in Izmir next week [This Freemuse press release was sent via e-mail to 312 journalists and media houses world-wide on Thursday 27 September 2007 at 16:11 GMT] When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High …

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Iran: Musician bypasses censorship on the internet

27 September 2007

 To the Iranian artist IO the publishing of his album ‘Music Hall 151’ on 27 September 2007 is a victory over censorship. He could not have it published in Iran, but now instead, it is available world-wide via the internet IO (pronounced “eye-oh”) is the stage name for Payman Abdali. …

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Turkey: A personal letter from musician Ferhat Tunc

25 September 2007

“The values that made me Ferhat Tunç” Kurdish-Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç was appointed ‘Freemuse ambassador’ in September 2007. In this personal letter from him, he explains about his relationship with the organisation, and what the new appointment means to him. By Ferhat Tunç       On the fourth anniversary …

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Pakistan: Attack on hotel where music was played

18 September 2007

Dozens of local Taliban extremists attacked and ransacked a hotel in Mingora in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, because people were dancing and playing music there, reports The Asian Age on 12 September 2007. “In Mingora, dozens of local Taliban attacked and ransacked a hotel on Kalam Fizagat Road where …

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Iran: ‘Rap-e-Fars’ – Persian rap and the Iranian rap scene

17 September 2007

Persian rap still illegal In May 2007, the web site World Music Central published an article about rappers in Iran. Amir Azizmohamadi describes the Persian rap, ‘Rap-e Fars’, as “underground, unofficial, and illegal”. However, the Persian rap scene is alive and kicking – vigorous and musically stunning.   ‘Rap-e-Fars’ is …

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Iran: Daniel Pearl: Status of music in Iran 2000

4 September 2007

In this article Daniel Pearl describes the status of music in Iran. He interviews the Iranian pop singer Alireza Assar and composer Fouad Hejazi. The article was written for Wall Street Journal and was published in June 2000. “On the surface, this nation’s hardliners are doing all they can to …

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Pakistan: Taliban group issues new ban on sale of music

23 August 2007

If you sell music CDs and cassettes in Zargari and other areas in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, you will now be fined 50,000 rupees, reports Daily India on 22 August 2007 By Freemuse A ban on music has been imposed by a local Taliban council in Zargari, …

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