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Brazil: Poet censored in Bahia

7 March 2016

A billboard displaying Livia Natalia’s ‘Quadrilha’ poem, in the city of Itabuna in southern Bahia, was taken down after four days due to its portrayal of a black character killed by military police; the billboard was originally approved to stay up for two months, Brazilian newspaper Globo reported on 21 …

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Brazil: The music Brazil doesn’t want you to be listening to

4 July 2014

Leading up to the World Cup in Brazil, with sounds of gunfire in the background, forbidden funk rappers continued to talk about what the government wants to hide: extreme violence, social segregation and racism in the favelas. By Debora Baldelli Girls dance at a baile funk party in the Rocinha, the …

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Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

24 October 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 21 October 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Brazil: Mayor bans rap music

14 February 2010

  During the carnival period anyone caught listening to Brazilian funk or rap in Sao Lourenco, situated in south-eastern Minas Gerais state, will have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison. Sao Lourenco’s mayor, Jose Neto, has banned carnival revellers from playing funk …

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Brazil: Drug barons ban music in their areas of Rio de Janeiro

1 November 2007

Universal rights of freedom of expression, and freedom of movement, are seriously violated in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Hip-hop artists face bans, personal intimidation, harassment and in the worst case death if they don’t obey to the rules, restrictions and ‘code of conduct’ of the gang which controls the …

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1960s Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

1960s. Brazil. Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso The Brazilian military coup of 1964 ushered in 20 years of military rule and, with it, strict censorship of broadcast music – and especially of Musica Popular Brasileira. Numerous musicians during that period spent time in exile, including Chico Buarque, Gilberto …

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1700-1899 Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

1700s til today. Mexico. Son jarocho The Catholic Church banned son jarocho – one of Mexico’s most politically charged musical genres – during the 18th century on the grounds it was immoral, and first the Spanish, then the Mexican authorities tried to isolate and suppress the genre. The most famous …

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