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Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

14 August 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 August 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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Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa

19 February 2013

On 14 February 2013, The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in Mexico found that Sinaloa’s governor, Mario Lopez Valdez, had exceeded his powers when he created a legislation which banned public performances of ‘narcocorridos’, drug ballads. The court reversed the decision of the state government of Sinaloa, …

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Several musicians brutally killed in Mexico

1 February 2013

Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed.  Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday 24 January and …

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Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

1 February 2013

  Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday 24 January …

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Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured

10 April 2012

  Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran, a singer with the Mexican band Los Ciclones del Arroyo, was kidnapped and tortured after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party, police said according to several news media. 41-year-old Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran was abducted from a …

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Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua

15 March 2012

Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, which lies on the U.S. border, has banned the popular group Los Tigres del Norte from performing in the city after the band sang ballads glorifying drug traffickers during their concerts. “The musical group will not get permits for future …

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Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel

1 March 2012

  In July 2011, a successful Mexican musician residing in Germany was abducted by gunmen while on holiday in northern Mexico. 36-year-old Rodolfo Cazares is a Mexican pianist and symphony conductor, leader of the Bremerhaven city orchestra in Germany. While visiting his parents in northern Mexico, Rodolfo Cazares was sleeping …

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Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Sinaloa state

23 May 2011

  The congress of Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s 31 states, has banned the performance, interpretation and reproduction of narcocorridos — songs that glorify the drug trade and trafficking — in restaurants, nightclubs and bars This was reported by La Jornada correspondent Javier Valdez Cardenas on 18 May 2011 and by …

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Mexico: ‘Drug ballad’ singer El Sapo killed in Juarez

9 May 2011

The lead singer of a narcocorridos band, 27-year-old El Sapo (real name: Francisco Dominguez Herrera) was executed by gunmen on a parking lot on 6 May 2011. Narcocorridos are ‘drug ballads’ that glorify the drug trade and trafficking. A Juárez official said police responded to a shooting around 8 PM …

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Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Chihuahua state

4 May 2011

  On 3 May 2011 the congress of Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s 31 states, banned the broadcasting of ‘narcocorridos’ genre of music, songs about drug dealings and cartels, in radio and tv The bill was introduced on 12 April 2011 by Congressman Ricardo Alan Boone and was approved on 3 …

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