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Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Naim Majrouh, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  Ladies and Gentlemen! In the last 20 years due to war, political and social instability, disorder and lawlessness many aspects of our culture have been devastated. Museums have been looted, libraries have been burned, important and valuable …

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The Market and Media Censors – panel debate

1 January 2001

Panel debate at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship Moderator: Mr. Johan Fornäs, Prof. Stockholm University, SwedenIntroduction: Mr. Ole Reitov, Editor, Danish Broadcasting CorporationPanelists: Mr. Noam Ben-Zeev, Music Critic & Journalist, Haaretz Daily, Lecturer, Alon School for the Arts & Sciences, Israel Mr. Gerald Seligman, Senior Director, EMI …

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About music censorship

1 January 2001

Why is music censored? — and who are the censors? A general introduction to the issues of music censorship.   Imagine the world without music. Or imagine a world where we are told what to play, what to sing and even what we may listen to in the privacy of …

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Music and Censorship – An Introduction by Ole Reitov

1 January 2001

Speech at UNESCO Stockholm, March 31st 1998 By Ole Reitov     “The history of musical censorship does not differ from the history of colonialism, religious fanatism and political suppression. Christian fundamentalists followed or even guided European colonialists for centuries in Africa, Latin America and Asia condemning traditional cultures as …

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Sudan: Can’t dance / won’t dance?

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Peter Verney from Sudan Update, held at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 In the 1980s, I used to take a mobile disco around the shanty areas of Khartoum – until 1989, when the security police of the National Islamic Front (NIF) came and took it …

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South Africa: ‘The Censored meet their Censor’

1 January 2001

1st FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP Copenhagen, 20-22 November 1998 The text below is an excerpt from the conference report   This page in printer-friendly PDF format     South Africa: The Censored meet their Censor – Music and Censorship during Apartheid in South Africa Mr. Sipho Mabuse and …

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Speeches

1 January 2000

SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS Below is a selection of speeches, presentations, panel debates and testimonies on music censorship and artistic freedom of expression. Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council On 3 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, Freemuse made its first oral statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. …

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1st Freemuse World Conference on music and censorship – the speeches

30 November 1998

The 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in November 1998. Among the participants were musicians, reseachers, human rights activists and journalists from all over the world. The conference was covered extensively by international medias. Read the speeches (98 pages) Read some of the …

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The Situation of Musicians in the Arab World

18 March 1998

Speech by Mr. Bashar Shammout, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Music in the Arab Islamic world has been discussed for centuries and it has been debated among conservative Moslem societies whether it should be permissible or not. Some fundamentalist Moslems do have an aversion towards music as …

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Mauritania: Political Correctness –A Letter From Maalouma

18 March 1998

Speech by Ms. Ms. Maalouma Meida Mint, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  I was born in an artist’s family. I was taught traditional music by my father who was known as the best musician in my country. I was distinguished from other musicians because I was considered …

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