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Iran: No teaching of music in private schools

7 June 2010

Teaching music in state schools is already prohibited in Iran. Now, the music ban also applies to Iran’s 16,000 private schools where 1.1 million students no longer are allowed to use any musical instruments, including those played in traditional Iranian music. This was reported in an article published by Bloomberg, …

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Iran: Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis

31 May 2010

If taxi drivers play banned music in their taxis, it could lead to cancellation of their taxi permit and confiscation of their cars, warned a government official. This was reported to Radio Free Europe by Golnaz Esfandiari. Rasul Abbasi, the director-general for transportation and traffic coordination of Iran’s municipalities, told …

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Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc faces 15 years in prison

26 May 2010

Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç faces imprisonment of up to 15 years regarding charges of “spreading propaganda for the PKK organisation”, the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and “acting on behalf of an illegal organisation”.       The charges are based on a speech Ferhat Tunç gave at the 1st Eruh-Çirav Nature …

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Turkey: Kurdish music in turmoil of censorship and court cases

19 May 2010

A Kurdish song has been banned, and Kurdish singers are being arrested for singing – or just singing along to – specific Kurdish songs, accused of making propaganda for illegal political parties and organisations, reported the Turkish human rights organisation Association for Freedom of Expression.           …

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Iran: 80 young people arrested at illegal concert

10 May 2010

Iranian police detained 80 young men and women for “lustful pleasure-seeking” activities at an illegal concert, Tehran’s chief prosecutor was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying.     Public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted in the Kayhan newspaper on 7 May 2010 as saying that moral security police …

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Iran: Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD

5 May 2010

From a country where music is sometimes considered a crime, a compilation of underground rock, hip-hop and heavy metal music, compiled by the music centre Bar-Ax, was published as a free bonus-CD with the April-May 2010 issue of the British music magazine Songlines, no. 67.   The album ‘features brave musicians from …

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Iran: Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD

5 May 2010

From a country where music is sometimes considered a crime, a compilation of underground rock, hip-hop and heavy metal music, compiled by the music centre Bar-Ax, was published as a free bonus-CD with the April-May 2010 issue of the British music magazine Songlines, no. 67. The album ‘features brave musicians from Iran,’ …

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Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing

5 May 2010

Egyptian music officials have banned Elton John from performing in Egypt at a private event later this month because of his recent comments that Jesus was gay. The German news agency DPA quoted Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, as saying that his country could not allow “a …

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Lebanon: Song touching ‘The Armenian question’ banned

3 May 2010

Eileen Khatchadourian’s music video ‘Zartir Vortyag’ which touches on Armenian topics is reported to have been banned by the Lebanese General Security In the music video a mother is seen calling upon her son to go and fight the enemy, and it also includes the quote The Armenian and The …

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