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USA/Algeria: Heavy metal music keeps stirring up controversy

14 September 2015

Heavy metal bands continue to face bans and controversies around the world. In the United States, two scheduled concerts with an Australian deathcore group have been cancelled. In Algeria, heavy metal fans have been accused of Satanism in a tv programme, causing an uproar in social media. Whenever and wherever …

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Egypt: movie song banned by the Egyptian censorship authorities

9 September 2015

The Egyptian Artworks Censorship Board has postponed the display of a movie called ‘4 play cards’, starring the popular young electro Sha’abi singers Oka & Ortega, according to The Egyptian Today. Sha’abi is a relatively new Egyptian music style, a kind of ‘electronic folk’. The movie was initially planned to …

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The alternative voices: Artists in the Arab world

9 September 2015

Sandwiched between two of the most deadly terrorist attacks Tunisia has known in decades, several dozen artists from the Arab world gathered in Tunis to debate the link between art and violence. Many face censorship or deadly threats to their art and lives as their countries have been sucked into …

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Artistic freedom: Tunisia walks a narrow tightrope

9 September 2015

At first, much of the heavy-handed censorship on artists by the Ben Ali regime appeared to have been swept away. But as artists are more frequently being arrested and charged in courts with penal codes of the pre-revolutionary days, Tunisian legislation has increasingly come under fire from defenders of freedom …

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Iran and Israel: United in opposition to Daniel Barenboim concert

2 September 2015

The conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to lead the Berlin Staatskapelle at a concert in Tehran drew criticism from the Israeli culture minister, who called the performance “anti-Israel”, and a rebuff from Iranian officials, who said that they would block the concert because of Mr. Barenboim’s Israeli citizenship. A spokesman for …

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Algeria: Moroccan songs banned from radio airwaves

2 September 2015

According to Morrocco World News and other sources, the Algerian news website Algerie Patriotique reported that local radio stations in July 2015 found in their headquarters a note from the General Directorate of National Radio that read: “We’d like to bring to your attention that all the Moroccan songs are …

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Turkey: Festival director steps down after censorship scandal

25 August 2015

Azize Tan has stepped down after nine years following protests over censorship at the latest edition in April, which led to the cancellation of the festival’s competitions and closing ceremony. » Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.screendaily.com » Artsfreedom.org – 16 April 2015: Turkey: Film festival censorship controversy and cancellations

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Pakistan: Various Bollywood films banned

25 August 2015

A number of Hindi films have been prohibited from releasing in Pakistan for diverse reasons over the past few years, according to an article in Hindustan Times. • Most recently, the Lahore High Court on 20 August 2015 temporarily banned the screening of the upcoming Indian film ‘Phantom’ in Pakistan …

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Turkey: Iconic folk singer reflects on art and politics

25 August 2015

“My youth was spent from one prison term to another. Imagine! You are not a murderer, you did not steal from anybody. But you are in prison! Why? Because you are a singer. Regardless, I never regretted the music I made in that period. Not once. And if I were …

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Iran: 14 films banned since 2007

25 August 2015

Films continue to be banned in Iran. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has compiled a list of 14 films banned since 2007 in Iran. Other films may also have faced censorship issues but their makers have chosen to remain quiet, hoping to eventually get a screening permit. …

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