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Egypt: Ramy Essam

24 November 2011

Ramy Essam comments on music censorship in Egypt.   This interview with Ramy Essam was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 November 2011. 18 days at the Tahrir Square in February 2011 catapulted singer and guitarist Ramy Essam to fame. All of a sudden, he was on CCN, …

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Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again

23 November 2011

On 8 November 2011 singer Arya Aramnejad was arrested when his home was raided by intelligence agents. According to news agencies and bloggers, Arya Aramnejad was beaten by the agents, handcuffed and then taken to an unknown location. The violent arrest of singer and composer Arya Aramnejad took place upon …

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Turkey: Fuat Talay

21 November 2011

Fuat Talay comments on music censorship in Turkey. Recorded on 21 November 2011.   Turkish musician Fuat Talay explains about his personal experiences with music censorship in Turkey which led to his imprisonment and exile. The interview was held in connection with a ‘Concert against music censorship’ which was organised by …

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Pakistan: Taliban campaign against music still in full swing

16 November 2011

  Militants bombed or torched more than a dozen music shops in the second week of November 2011 in the Swabi district of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province and the city of Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to numerous reports, wrote Majeed Babar for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Reportedly the …

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Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians

15 November 2011

  At a two day workshop held in Islamabad 12-13 November a Pakistani network was set up in support of musicians and composers at risk. During the past years several artists have been abducted, killed and persecuted in Pakistan. Hundreds of CD shops have been bombed, but although the situation …

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Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition

9 November 2011

  In response to the orthodox prohibition against women singers. Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman has announced a Tel Aviv street protest in which a group of women will stand in public and sing, to make their voices heard.   ‘Don’t stop singing’ On Friday 11 November 2011, Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman and a group …

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