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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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Turkey: Government accused of “cultural genocide”

27 October 2006

In a 46-pages article, a British author describes the situation in the Kurdish region of Turkey as a “cultural genocide” and states that in numerous cases the new anti-terror law in Turkey is being misused against freedom of expression By Freemuse “It needs to be understood that in this US backed …

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Iran: No more music download

19 October 2006

A new ban on high-speed internet will bar Iranians from downloading music to their computers and iPods  In a blow to the country’s estimated five million internet users, service providers have been told by Iran’s Islamic government to restrict online speeds to 128 kilobytes a second and been forbidden from …

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Iraq: Religious decree prohibits all kinds of singing

12 October 2006

In Iraq, new personal freedoms has ushered in a fervent fundamentalism. In September 2006, a group of religious enforcers in Baghdad banned “music-filled parties” and all kinds of singing, reports the American newspaper Washington Post In an article in Washington Post, Sudarsan Raghavan describes how the young men of cleric …

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Israel/Palestine: Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs

6 October 2006

Stone-hurling and stick-swinging teenage Hamas supporters chased the rap group P.R. (‘Palestinian Rappers’) off the stage. As pioneers of Palestinian hip-hop from the Gaza Strip, P.R. have learned the hard way that hip-hop is not popular among conservative muslims and Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement) – regardless that their rap …

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Iran: Report about art and censorship in Iran

5 October 2006

“Artists self-censor in fear of risking harassment, arrest, flogging, or worse still, imprisonment,” states a new report about art and censorship in Iran. Also, a new magazine about human rights in Iran writes: “Censorship and self-censorship in Iran have reached their highest level”On 27 September 2006 the independent human rights …

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Iran: ‘Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’

5 October 2006

Excerpt from Chapter 8 in the report ’Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’, published by Article 19 in September 2006. Chapter 8 is about music in Iran Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh is a lecturer with a doctorate in urban planning, who blends rap music with Persian classical poetry to condemn poverty, unemployment …

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Afghanistan: Fewer music prohibitions on religious grounds

28 September 2006

According to a new report from U.S. Department of State conditions for music in Afghanistan are improving. The Afghan government rejects claims that Afghan authorities should have issued a list of restrictions on broadcasting in June 2006  The broadcasting restriction case is mentioned in a report which was released on …

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Turkey: Supporters of Kurdish tv station criminalised

27 September 2006

56 Kurdish mayors who stood up for Danish-based Kurdish Roj TV have gone on trial in Turkey, charged with aiding and abetting the outlawed terrorist organisation Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)   45 of the mayors attended the opening hearing in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated south-east, reports BBC News. They …

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Pakistan: Call for music centres to be closed

26 September 2006

MMA’s member of North-West Frontier Province Assembly Zakir Shah has called for a complete closure of music centres, cinemas and cable services and ban on video games and obscenity-oriented activities during the holy month of Ramzan While addressing a press conference on 21 September 2006 at the Peshawar Press Club …

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