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Egypt: state censorship committee bans music videos

1 April 2005

Egyptian authorities have initiated a crack down on music videos which feature females barely dressed. As popular female stars reveal more and more flesh, controversy grows in Egypt’s mainly Muslim society The Egyptian Censorship Committee has banned 20 music videos “which featured sexual connotations and females barely dressed”, stressing that even the words …

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United Arab Emirates: Satellite music channel bans “demeaning songs”

7 October 2004

The Arab satellite music channel Nogoom has decided to ban the airing of songs that are classified as ”inappropriate for the average viewers” and which contain seductive scenes and females wearing revealing outfits     The censorship committee officials at the network revealed that “broadcasting such demeaning songs goes against …

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Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas libraries

10 August 2004

The Kansas attorney general has withheld more than 1,600 compact discs from distribution to state libraries because officials determined the albums promote violence or illegal activity, records show. The albums removed by Attorney General Phill Kline’s office were part of 51,000 discs given to Kansas as part of a nationwide …

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USA: New fines proposed in indecency bills

14 March 2004

The bills would give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to fine recording artists, air talent and other individuals up to $500,000 for knowingly uttering indecent language on radio and TV. Full story at reclaimthemedia.org; http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages8136507.htm

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Mariah upsets Malaysian Muslims

16 January 2004

Malaysia’s Muslim opposition party has called for Mariah Carey to be barred from performing in the country. From BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3402201.stm  

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USA: Feminist critique censored for indecency

30 June 2001

  The Federal Communications Commission censored Sarah Jones’ song ‘Your revolution’ for indecency. Ironically, Jones’s song is in fact feminist critique and a statement against indecency and more particularly the sexual exploitation of women in pop music.   The spoken-word song ‘Your revolution’ was aired on the KBOO-FM radio station …

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