Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London


On Tuesday 24th April 2001 Freemuse launched its very first report; “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan, written by Dr. John Baily.
The launch took place at London’s Kufa Gallery in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several BBC units, Associated Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others were present.

 Welcome speeches by Mr. Moris Farhi, former Chair of International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee and Mrs. Marie Korpe, Executive director of Freemuse, click here

Read or purchase the report here


  Dr. John Baily - photo by Jim Q. Holm/Freemuse
Dr. John Baily

Cover illustration, click to read the report
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From the launch - photos by Jim Q. Holm/Freemuse
Left: tabla player Yusuf Mahmoud performing with John Baily.
Right: audience discussing the report




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