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Turkey: Kurdish singer Rojda charged with 20 months imprisonment

29 March 2010

In a court in Diyarbakır on 25 March 2010, the Kurdish singer Rojda Şenses was charged with one year and eight months imprisonment for ‘conducting propaganda for a terrorist organisation’ in two separate concerts. Rojda Şenses testified in court in Istanbul on 11 February 2010. She has previously been invited …

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Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

25 March 2010

Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and Turkish-Kurdish singer and activist Ferhat Tunç are the 2010 Freemuse Award winners. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in London on 25 March. Mahsa Vahdat fra Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Afghanistan: Ban on women singers debated in Herat

15 March 2010

A Morality and Knowledge Association recently established in Herat wants to ban women’s voices from the airwaves, reported Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda from Herat The privately owned association has about 60 staffers, says its director, Aminullah Mohtasem, all of whom work voluntarily. Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda wrote in …

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Turkey: Broadcasting in local languages allowed without time limit

3 March 2010

On 23 February 2010 The Radio and Television Higher Board (RTÜK) granted permission to 14 radio and tv stations in Turkey to broadcast in Kurdish, Zazaki, and Arabic without time limit. Previously, radio broadcasting in mother tongues had been limited to five hours per week, and four hours per week …

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Turkey: Killed for singing Kurdish folk songs in bar

3 March 2010

Despite the easing of regulations in the context of the Democratic Initiative in Turkey, Kurds experience backlashes for using their Kurdish language. A young man, Emrah Gezer, was killed because he and his friends had been singing Kurdish folk songs in a bar Emrah Gezer was together with a group …

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Iran: Concert banned because of presence of women musicians

24 February 2010

  Iranian authorities have cancelled a concert of traditional Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian because two members of the band are women, the ISNA news agency reported. Homayoun Shajarian is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian – a legendary singer in Iran. Homayou has performed with his ensemble in several cities …

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Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

24 February 2010

  Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’ because of singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. Rojda was released within a couple of hours after her statement had been taken, reported Antenna.tr and Supportkurds.org According to Antenna.tr, Rojda was arrested at her home in the …

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