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Pakistan: Music and video shop blown away

15 March 2007

“Close within three days – or you will be blown away.” This threat by the religious extremists became a glaring reality when a music and video centre was blown away on 13 March 2007 in the Bakhshali Village of District Mardan in north-west Pakistan By Marvaiz Khan, Freemuse’s correspondent reporting …

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Pakistan: Music centres threatened by religious extremists

10 March 2007

 “Close within three days – or you will be blown away”. A campaign launched by a religious leader against listening to music has taken a dangerous turn in Swat Valley of North-West Frontier Province, reports our correspondent from Pakistan, who on 4 March 2007 met with the clerk and his …

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Pakistan: Fine for playing music in taxi, music shop attacked

3 March 2007

Having banned music in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the Taliban are now imposing a fine of 500 rupees for any one playing it in public, reports several news agencies Taxi drivers complain that even possession of a CD player in their vehicles is enough to invite the 500 rupees …

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Pakistan: Music video about 9/11 censored

21 February 2007

The Pakistani-Canadian rock group Falak has been blacklisted on MTV Pakistan After having aired the music video for their song ‘Yadein II’ for a couple of months, the tv channel deemed it too controversial because of its images related to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New …

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Jordan: Ruba Saqr

19 February 2007

In this interview the Jordanian singer Ruba Saqr speaks about the impact of music censorship – and in particular: artists’ self-censorship – in the Middle East. She connects the music censorship issue with development problems in society in general – in Jordan as well as in the rest of the …

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Turkey: One more judicial inquiry against singer Ferhat Tunc

19 January 2007

Ferhat TunçYet another “judicial inquiry” has been opened against Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç because of what he said at a concert organised by a political party on 22 July 2006 in Alanya By Ofis It is claimed that at the concert Ferhat Tunç declared: “If dead soldiers are regarded the children …

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Turkey: Anti-censorship initiative launched

30 November 2006

A new initiative against censorship was born during the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul on 26 November 2006: Artists from Turkey launched the SSS initiative – Sanatta Sansüre Son – which means “End to Censorship on Arts”. The launch took place right after a session which had presented strong …

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Iraq: 75 singers killed

29 November 2006

Nearly 80 percent of all Iraqi singers have fled the country and at least 75 singers had been killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to the Iraqi Artist’s Association. This was mentioned in an article by the UN news service IRIN about the murder of a …

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Syria: ‘Silenced voices’

7 November 2006

In Syria, music is a mirror which shows the soul of the listener. The hedonist youth of Damascus sees fuel for the fun of their parties, fundamentalists suspect moral corruption, the authocratic regime fears the output of subversive minds. And just a few young musicians perceive a magic language of …

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Israel / Palestine: Kamilya Jubran

30 October 2006

Kamilya Jubran is born in Akka in Israel to Palestinian parents who are from a northern Palestinian village in Al-Jaleel. From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya was lead song performer of the orchestra Sabreen which was a voice of resistance for the Palestinians. In 2002 she began touring with her solo show.   …

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