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The Rebel (Rebelle)

19 December 2005

  About the Algerian singer Lounès Matoub who was assassinated in 1998 Directed by Mokrane Hammar  70 minutes Algeria. 2005 Read more…  

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Sufi Soul

19 December 2005

  ‘The Mystic Music Of Islam’ — a documentary produced for British Channel 4. The Sufi voice is increasingly under challenge within the Muslim world and beyond… Directed by Simon Broughton 48 minutes Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco. 2005 Read more…  

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Afghan Children CD: ‘Alocha’

14 December 2005

Freemuse and Rebelle Records have supported the ever first production of a CD by and for Afghan children. It was recorded in Hamburg, where Hadia Rastagar and her German classmates sing 15 songs arranged by Farid Rastagar. The 15 songs CD has received massive coverage through Afghan and international media. …

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Afghanistan: Tolo TV wins Reporters Without Borders’ yearly prize

12 December 2005

This year’s winner of ‘2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’  is Afghanistan’s main privately-owned TV station, Tolo TV. It was founded by an Afghan-Australian media group, Moby Capital Partners, and broadcasts very independent news and music programmes that contrast with the dry style of the government tv station. …

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Ferhat Tunc campaign 2005

6 December 2005

DROP THE CASE AGAINST FERHAT TUNÇ   Musicians join Freemuse in appeal to Turkish Government     Freemuse is launching an international campaign requesting the Turkish State to drop its case against singer Ferhat Tunç who is to appear in court on December 28, 2005. If convicted, he will face one …

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Turkey: ‘Censorship – the Turkish way’

6 December 2005

  By Ole Reitov “Possession and storage in your shop and store, copying, sale, presentation or broadcasting to the public of cassette tapes and CDs mentioned on the attached list with title, singer, publisher, issuing authority of prohibition and collection of the prohibited material as well as date will have …

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Musician’s letter

6 December 2005

Musician’s appeal to the Turkish government   View original letter as PDF Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdoğan TC Basbaskanlik Ankara Turkey Fax: +90 312 417 0476Cemil Cicek Minister of Justice TC Adalet Bakanligi Ankara Turkey Fax: + 90 312 417 3954 Copenhagen, 06 December 2005   Your Excellencies, We, the …

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Pakistan: Festival defying Islamic hardliners

2 December 2005

Lahore festival aims to transform Pakistani life. And the government has taken note. This year, Pakistan’s president, general Pervez Musharraf, attended the festivalIn Pakistan, the 10-day Lahore festival is a huge, at times startling cultural event. The festival is defying Islamic hardliners but delighting the country’s president with a vision …

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Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Ali Abu Shadi

29 November 2005

Better the devil you know At the Freemuse conference on freedom of musical expression in Beriut, October 2005, Ali Abu Shadi spoke about his work as the chairman of the central Censorship Department in Egypt. “I accepted the job because I wanted to do something positive. I tried to change …

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Beirut Conference 2005: Speech by Mai Ghoussoub

29 November 2005

It is banned to ban Summary of Mai Ghoussoub’s speech at the Freemuse Conference in Beirut, 2005 “Censorship never works.” This was the overall message from Mai Ghoussoub at the Beirut conference on Freedom of Expression and Music in October, 2005. An absolute principle of her youth was the phrase …

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