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Algeria: Hunger strike of Performing Arts students ended

13 March 2013

The hunger strike is over after 11 days, and according to the Algerian newspaper Liberte, the students won the first round. The Minister of Culture is now talking with the students. It is however not likely to be the last crisis in Algeria. The students from the Higher Institute of …

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Turkey: Short-lived freedom for three books, poem censored

8 March 2013

“Despite the ban on book lifted under Judicial Pack 3, nine days after the legal statutory period, three books by Umut Publishing were decided to be confiscated,” wrote Antenna TR in the Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on 1 March 2013. İstanbul 3rd Magistrate assigned to Anti-terrorism Law (TMK) Article …

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Egypt: Conference and concert on Music Freedom Day

5 March 2013

Photos from the Music Freedom Day conference in Cairo The flyer for the event read: Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression, and advocates awareness about the many musicians who do not enjoy such freedom. Musicians and composers rights to freedom of expression are being violated in many countries …

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Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

4 March 2013

“I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk,” said musician Seçkin Taygun Aydoğan from the Kurdish band Grup Yorum to the judge. Instead, gendarmes forced him to leave the court room. Antenna TR reported in their weekly newsletter, the Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on …

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Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on

2 March 2013

During the last decade, Pashto music has lost artists and singers of high repute. Some have preferred to seek political asylum in the foreign countries. Many are living a miserable life. Receiving threats from militants has become a routine matter. But have things improved lately? Sher Alam Shinwari set out …

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Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on

1 March 2013

During the last decade, Pashto music has lost artists and singers of high repute. Some have preferred to seek political asylum in the foreign countries. Many are living a miserable life. Receiving threats from militants has become a routine matter. But have things improved lately? Sher Alam Shinwari set out …

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Algeria: Performing Arts students on hunger strike

1 March 2013

We have received the following message from Alger-Culture.com:  “ALERT!!! Presently on hunger strike, the students of the Algerian High Institute of Performing Arts and Audio Visual are threatened by police and their institution is illegally closed.” “Desperate, a group of students of The Algerian High Institute of Performing Arts and …

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