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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc again to appear before court

20 October 2004

Singer Ferhat Tunç, will be tried due to article 159 of the (former Turkish Penal Code) because of using the phrase “deep judiciary” in an article he wrote to daily GÜNDEM. The 1st hearing will be held on December 2nd, 2004, 09.30 at Istanbul, Beyoğlu First Instance Court. Proposed sentence …

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Turkey: Testimony – the trials and arrests of Ferhat Tunc

19 October 2004

Testimony: the trials and arrests of Ferhat Tunç Read the personal testimony of Turkish musician and human rights activist Ferhat Tunç, who has been banned and imprisoned several times by the authorities. Tunç will be among the speakers when Freemuse is hosting two conference sessions at WOMEX 2004.   2003: …

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Pakistan: Grenade kills four listening to music at wedding party

15 October 2004

Pakistan: Grenade kills four listening to music at wedding party According to the American Center for Defense Information, on October 14, 2004, an attacker threw a grenade into a wedding ceremony at the Afghan refugee camp in Jalala, outside Peshwar, in Pakistan, killing four and injuring 35 people. The guests …

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United Arab Emirates: Satellite music channel bans “demeaning songs”

7 October 2004

The Arab satellite music channel Nogoom has decided to ban the airing of songs that are classified as ”inappropriate for the average viewers” and which contain seductive scenes and females wearing revealing outfits     The censorship committee officials at the network revealed that “broadcasting such demeaning songs goes against …

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Iranian hardliners cancel embassy music concerts

5 October 2004

Iranian hardliners cancel embassy music concerts TEHRAN, Oct 5 (AFP) – A series of concerts organized by foreign embassies in Iran have been cancelled at the last minute, apparently due to increased curbs on cultural events by the Islamic republic’s hardliners, diplomats said yesterday. Two jazz concerts organized by Italy’s …

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Turkey: Censorship Past and Present

1 October 2004

By Sanar YurdatapanA historical approach to the nature of censorship. A chapter from ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ (Freemuse/Zed Books, May 2004). Reproduced with kind permission from the author and Zed Books. Read chapter (PDF)   Shoot the Singer! Read more  

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Iranian rapper talks a fine line

4 September 2004

Iranian rapper talks a fine line He is more bow tie and suit than bling bling and Nikes, but Iran’s first rap performer is still managing to unnerve the Iranian religious authorities with his social criticism. Chart-topping Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh targets unemployment, poverty and westernised Iranian girls in his new album, …

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Iran: Lashes for loud music

9 August 2004

TEHRAN, Aug 8 (AFP) – The judiciary in the western Iranian province of Hamedan has ordered that anyone caught playing thumping tunes in their cars should be subject to jail terms or lashes, the official news agency IRNA said Sunday. “Playing any type of music loud in the vehicles is …

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Najwa Karam banned by the Lebanese Censorship Committee

2 April 2004

    In March 2004, the Lebanese Surete Generale censored a video clip entitled “Why are You Emigrating?” by Najwa Karam, a well known singer. The Censorship department at The Surate Generale linked the content of the video clip to the clashes that occurred between security forces and some students …

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