Local TV censored

29 March 2002

Local TV taken off air for playing 200-year-old Kurdish song From AFP (Associated French Press) A 200-year-old Kurdish song caused the closure last week of a television station operating in southeastern Turkey, home to the country’s Kurdish population. Gun-TV was taken off air on Friday for one month after broadcasting …

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Malawi: Police shoot protesters

13 December 2001

Malawi police shoot protesters A riot erupted when officers tried to break up a protest against the death in police custody of the outspoken reggae musician Evison Matafale. Article from BBC  

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Appeal from Intl. PEN: Kurdish performers banned

1 February 2001

Kurdish performers banned Appeal from International PEN The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey. Despite various declarations of human rights and international legal protections, which recognise the centrality of language in …

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United Kingdom: Britain at War

1 January 2001

“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re …

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