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Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song

10 April 2007

The five members of the punk band Deli from Bursa face up to 18 months in jail for having insulted the country’s unpopular university entrance exam in the song ‘ÖSYM’ Deli’s song ‘ÖSYM’ features a chorus of the words “ÖSYM, kiss my arse”. ÖSYM is Turkey’s central examination board that …

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Pakistan: Music CDs burned in the streets of Islamabad

8 April 2007

Students of a religious seminary burnt music CDs, video recorders and tv-sets worth 1.5 million rupees (app. 25,000 US dollars) in the federal capital of Pakistan on Friday 6 April 2007. They also issued warnings to the owners of music centres to close down their ‘un-Islamic’ businesses within one month By …

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Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians

4 April 2007

  Fear and persecution forced them to leave Afghanistan. Now it is haunting them in north-west Pakistan. Islamists’ continous attacks on music centres send fear across the region and make the Afghan singers living in Peshawar feel insecure. They experience lack of job opportunities, and are on the verge of …

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Israel: Censorship controversy over Israeli Eurovision song

27 March 2007

The Eurovision 2007 contest had a controversy surrounding the Israeli song ‘Push the Button’ which makes reference to Palestinian suicide bombs and therefore was proposed banned by a Finnish official. The organisers, however, decided to approve of it There were calls to ban the song ‘Push the Button’, which is performed …

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Bahrain: Marcel Khalife causes fury among Islamists

27 March 2007

Members of parliament in the small Gulf kingdom Bahrain attacked a performance by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife and Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad as being a violation of Islamic morals and sharia laws Controversy has emerged with a new work by the famous Lebanese musician and composer Marcel Khalife and Bahraini …

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Iraq: Musicians and music listeners get killed

20 March 2007

Musicians, music shop owners and music fans flee from death squads of Islamic extremists in Baghdad. It is no longer safe to sell music in central and southern Iraq, reported Associated Press on 16 March 2007 Similar to the present development in north-western Pakistan, Islamic extremist militants are forcing stores …

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Pakistan: Islamic music prohibition discussed on Danish tv

19 March 2007

‘Our prophet was born to do away with loud music’, a mullah from Pakistan’s second-largest mosque was quoted as saying in a report from Pakistan on the national tv-channel DR1 on 18 March 2007 “This is a big crisis, and this is turning many Pakistanis into a more and more schizofrenic …

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Pakistan: Extremists kill one, injure two in music shop attacks

18 March 2007

Two separate terrorist attacks on music centres left one killed and two seriously injured in Mardan and Peshawar respectively as extremist religious groups have intensified their campaign against all forms of entertainment in north-west Pakistan By Marvaiz Khan, Freemuse’s correspondent reporting from Peshawar Saturday night 17 March 2007 activists of …

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Iran: Prohibition of music in holy city

15 March 2007

In a speech in the official Friday prayer on 11 May 2007 the Imam of Mashhad banned practicing of music and ordered a closure of all music institutes in the city The Imam of Mashhad, Seyed Ahmad Alamolhoda, emphasised that he will not participate in ceremonies where music is performed …

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Palestine/Germany: Bashar Shammout: Freemuse and the Middle East

15 March 2007

In this three minutes video interview, Bashar Shammout – who is a member of Freemuse’s executive committee – speaks about three important issues concerning music censorship in the Middle East: religion, politics, and the Israeli-Palestinean conflict. He also touches on how Freemuse works in the region.     Wimpy Wasp …

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