News 2005

Grenada: Christians want parang songs banned
Callers to various radio talk shows want to have a ban placed on some of the offensive parang songs
31 December 2005
Turkey: Ferhat Tun
The trial of artist Ferhat Tun
30 December 2005
Iran: New ban on Western music in Iran
New decree bans music that does not conform to Islamic doctrines and the spirit of the Islamic Revolution
21 December 2005
Afghan Children CD: 'Alocha'
A CD by and for Afghan children has received massive coverage through Afghan and international media. 15 songs recorded with Hadia Rastagar and a childrens choir
14 December 2005
Afghanistan: Tolo TV wins Reporters Without Borders' yearly prize
Afghanistan's main privately-owned TV station, Tolo TV, wins the '2005 Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France Prize'
12 December 2005
Indonesia: Inul Daratista has overcome censorship
Inul Daratista's music career has overcome bans and censorship. Today she remains one of the most popular dangdut stars Indonesia has ever had.
12 December 2005
France: New onslaught against French rappers
The French government has reacted to the rioting in France's poorest neighbourhoods by measures that include a clampdown on French rappers.
12 December 2005
Ferhat Tun
International campaign: Freemuse and musicians world-wide request the Turkish State to drop its case against singer Ferhat Tun
06 December 2005
Ethiopia/Sweden: concert cancelled due to death threat
A death threat against Ethiopian superstar Teddy Afro caused the Swedish festival Selam to cancel his concert in Stockholm
05 December 2005
Central African Republic: Ban on disrespectful songs about women
The Central African Republic has ordered radio and television stations to stop broadcasting songs which encourage men to dump their wives
05 December 2005
Pakistan: Festival defying Islamic hardliners
The 10-day Lahore festival is defying Islamic hardliners but delighting the country's president with a vision of a very different Pakistan
02 December 2005
France: Rappers blamed for stoking violence
A conservative lawmaker in France has asked the French government to take legal action against music groups he blames for stoking the riots that engulfed depressed suburbs
02 December 2005
Canada: American rap artist 50 Cent to be banned
50 Cent attracts too many guns, says Junior Foreign Minister Dan McTeague who is trying to stop the star from entering the country to perform seven concerts
01 December 2005
Russia: Young punk musician killed
Timour Kacharava, a Russian musician and founder of the punk-hardcore-trash band Sandinista, has been stabbed to death in the streets of St. Petersburg.
29 November 2005
Iran: More than thirty concerts cancelled
Iran is experiencing a cultural clampdown. In three months, from September to November 2005, Iran's Ministry of Culture has cancelled more than thirty concerts in the country.
29 November 2005
Syria: Music censorship film wins award
Film director Mohamad Malas' movie 'Bab El Makam' tells the story of a young woman, who struggles against a society which does not accept her love for singing
28 November 2005
Salman Ahmad
Video interview with ex-Junoon member Salman Ahmad about music prohibition among Islamists, and about music censorship in Pakistan
22 November 2005
Audio interview with praCh about music, censorship and free expression in Cambodia.
21 November 2005
USA: Multi-media show about dangers of censorship
'Freedom Sings' is a critically acclaimed multi-media presentation which tells the story of almost three centuries of banned or censored music in America
04 November 2005
Silence is death - Censorship in the Arab world
'Freedom of Expression in Music' conference in Beirut in October 2005 posed many questions but did it reach any solutions?
31 October 2005
Zimbabwe: Music industry is dying slowly
Zimbabwe's current political and economic crisis has destroyed the once vibrant music industry
28 October 2005
Cambodia: Of Sounds and Survival - Khmer music
1975-1979 was a period of genocidal censorship throughout Cambodia - the music and musicians barely survived. Today, Khmer artistic cultures are in recovery
28 October 2005
Malaysia: Black metal music under attack
Malaysian authorities see the music as part of "black metal cult"
28 October 2005
Myanmar/Burma: Music under siege
Music provides a rallying point for the masses during political upheavals in Burma. An excerpt from the book 'Shoot the Singer': Chapter 6
28 October 2005
USA: Rap artist Kanye West censored on tv
Rap artist, Kanye West, speaks his mind on live television and gets censored
27 October 2005
Turkmenistan: Among world's most repressive regimes, states RSF report
Turkmenistan is among the world's most repressive regimes, states new report on freedom of expression from Reporters Without Borders
27 October 2005
USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government
American rock musician Mick Star claims that his anti-Iraq war song 'Jets' is not getting air time due to pressure on radio stations from the White House
25 October 2005
Saudi Arabia: Never write 'music' or 'violin'
Words such as 'music', 'musician', and 'violin' are considered offensive in Saudi Arabia, reports
25 October 2005
USA: Panel debate on censorship of music lyrics
The speakers looked at the issue of censorship of controversial lyrics in popular music through the prism of the First Amendment
24 October 2005
Governments against dance music
Laws are in place all over Europe, in the USA and in Asia, "aimed at stifling dance music culture", according to music organisers
14 October 2005
Lebanon: Islamic scholar rejects religious censorship of music
"There is no ban on music in the Qur'an," says renowned Shaykh (Islamic scholar) from The Beirut Studies and Documentation Center
14 October 2005
Indonesia: Musicians successfully say "No to the warriors of jihad"
Ahmad Dhani and his band Dewa seek to rescue a generation from extremists
14 October 2005
Egypt: Ruby's music videos banned on national tv
Ruby's music videos are banned by Egyptian TV for being too sexy, and she has been banned from holding concerts in Kuwait.
07 October 2005
Palestine: Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs
Stone-hurling and stick-swinging teenage Hamas supporters chased the rap group P. R., Palestinian Rappers, off the stage
06 October 2005
Kuwait: Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram banned
Ministry of Information in Kuwait has refused a request for a concert for Lebanese Nancy Ajram and Kuwaiti singer Nabil Shu'ail.
29 September 2005
China: Ease of restrictions against mainland rock-father Cui Jian
A concert for an audience of 10,000 people marks the end of a decade of censorship against Cui Jian's angry rap-inflected rock
27 September 2005
Afghanistan: Seven musicians killed by gunmen
The popular singer Qhurban Nazar and six musicians have been killed by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, reports BBC News
26 September 2005
Norway/United Kingdom: Muslim pop singer faces threats
During 10 years, threats from angry conservative Muslims silenced the Norwegian and Muslim pop singer Deeyah. Now she breaks her silence.
26 September 2005
Canada: Harlem rap artist Jim Jones' music video blacklisted
A music video for the song 'Baby Girl' has not been added in rotation on Canada's national music station
22 September 2005
Afghanistan: music tv presenter receives asylum in Sweden
Presenter of the Afghan music show 'Hop', Shakeb Isaar, has received asylum in Sweden.
12 September 2005
USA: Murder plot to kill rap superstar 50 Cent
US investigators say they have uncovered a plot to assassinate America's biggest selling artist, rap superstar 50 Cent, in revenge for a derogatory song.
12 September 2005
Italy: Mafia CD not published due to fear of ban
CD released in Britain and other European countries will not be available in its country of origin, Italy, because of fear of being banned.
12 September 2005
Ghana: Controversial copyright law enforced
The Copyright Bill in Ghana which has created controversy and debate has been enforced by the Ghanaian parliament
12 September 2005
Iran: Rock artists struggle to breach cultural and bureaucratic barriers
The Iranian culture ministry does not recognise rock music in its permitted music categories, and frequently rejects such work as culturally inappropriate, reports The Guardian
29 August 2005
Iran: Ministry rejects instrumental CD
Ministry of culture says Western rock is the product of drug addicts
29 August 2005
Turkmenistan: Ban on recorded music in all public places
Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has banned the playing of recorded music at all public events, on television and at weddings
26 August 2005
Book on Gypsy music: 'Princes Amongst Men'
"Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians" by Garth Cartwright
25 August 2005
Palestine: Taliban-like attempts to censor music in West Bank
As a Hamas-led town council in the West Bank bans outdoor music and dance performances, musicians fear Palestine is liable to be turned into an Islamic-law state
17 August 2005
Palestine: Death threats to popular musician in West Bank
On the one hand, thousands of Palestinian fans want to hear Amar Hassan sing, and on the other he receives death threats and his concerts are harrassed and closed by armed militants for religious reasons
17 August 2005
UK: Christians want opera banned
"Religious censorship is in danger of strangling the arts", says Richard Thomas - the composer of "Jerry Springer - The Opera".
16 August 2005
China: authorities ban "unhealthy" and "reactionary" performances
Cultural and art authorities in China will strictly ban 10 kinds of "unhealthy" and "reactionary" performances
09 August 2005
Pakistan: Pro-Taliban strikes against music shops
Music shops ordered to close down - threatened with bombs and violence
08 August 2005
Afghanistan: music tv presenter seeks asylum in Sweden
Presenter of the music show 'Hop' who fears for his life now seeks asylum in Sweden
08 August 2005
Femi Kuti
Interview with afrobeat king Femi Kuti from Nigeria
01 August 2005
Faiz Ali Faiz
Interview with qawwali master singer Faiz Ali Faiz from Pakistan
01 August 2005
Ali Farka Tour
Interview with desert blues icon Ali Farka Tour
01 August 2005
United Kingdom: Music festival focuses on human rights
'Mind Out For Music' is a UK music festival for people in the world suffering human rights abuses. It is inspired by and commemorates the murdered Chilean musician Victor Jara
22 July 2005
France: Jamaican reggae star's concerts cancelled
Six French music venues have axed scheduled performances of Jamaican reggae singer Capleton because of his lyrics against homosexuality
09 June 2005
Macedonia: Political party attempts to ban broadcasting of Serbian music
Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity has sent an appeal to all television and radio stations in Macedonia to ban the broadcasting of Serbian music
07 June 2005
Iran: Reviewer of music book sentenced to jail
A cultural critic at the newspaper Iran has been sentenced to jail for writing that the prophet Muhammed liked music played by women
03 June 2005
The heavy metal band Motley Crue are suing NBC because the network canceled scheduled appearances and banned the band after singer Vince Neil uttered the "F"-word
26 May 2005
Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship
130 Afghans have established a new musician's organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians
25 May 2005
Afghanistan: 24-year-old female presenter of music show killed
On May 18, 2005, ex-TV presenter Shaima Rezayee, 24, was shot in Kabul by unknown men. Her killing is possibly linked to her presenting of the music show 'Hop'.
19 May 2005
Censorship in apartheid South Africa: Documentary and school material
Censorship in apartheid South Africa: Documentary and school material
18 May 2005
Mauritius Islands: The Case of Ras Natty Baby
After 25 months in jail, the silence around Ras Natty Baby's detention grows and thickens
18 May 2005
Six articles on music censorship in Zimbabwe
Prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe held Thursday 28th April 2005 at Mannenberg Jazz Club, Harare
12 May 2005
Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabwe
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
Tracing the Footsteps - Censorship and Music in Zimbabwe
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
Zimbabwe: Censorship of Locally Recorded Music
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
Zimbabwe: Blacklisted - My Personal Experience
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
Zimbabwe: A Case of Music Censorship Before and After Independence
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings' Policies on Censorship of Music
Article prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe, April 2005
12 May 2005
USA: Bruce Springsteen's new album banned by Starbucks
Because Bruce Springsteen's song 'Reno' describes an explicit encounter with a prostitute, the US coffee shop chain Starbucks has banned the sale of his new album
07 May 2005
China: Hong Kong pop star CoCo Lee's new album banned
When the singer known as "Asia's Mariah Carey" launched her new album, it instantly attracted controversy with its sexy image and lyrics
06 May 2005
Newsletter no. 2 / 2005
Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2005
02 May 2005
Zimbabwe seminar: Censor meets musicians at meeting in April 2005
Supported by Freemuse, a seminar held in Harare in April 2005 dealt with the fear from musicians of the repressive political system in Zimbabwe...
02 May 2005
Freemuse conference in West Africa in April 2005
A regional conference on Censorship and West African Music was held at the Gor
26 April 2005
Ghana: Hiplife under attack
Ghanaian business executive asks the National Communication Authority of Ghana to ban "profane music" on the radios
12 April 2005
Summer school with focus on cinema and human rights
Summer school in Italy: How can films be used as an instrument for enhancing human rights awareness?
07 April 2005
Egypt: state censorship committee bans music videos
Egyptian censorship authorities have initiated crack down on 20 music videos
01 April 2005
Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry
Najla was shocked upon her return to Egypt that Cairo Airport Security would not let her enter the country
01 April 2005
Turkish musician of Laz minority refused by public tv
A musician from Turkey's Laz minority group says the country's public television has refused to allow him to perform his songs...
30 March 2005
Zimbabwe: Music central tool in election
As campaigning for the 2005 parliamentary elections intensified, music became central to the contest
29 March 2005
Zimbabwe election: Musicians boycotted
Report in The Independent: Prominent Zimbabwean singers find themselves caught in a dilemma
24 March 2005
Iraq: Students beaten to death for playing music
Students have been beaten to death for playing music as Shia militiamen run amok, reports
24 March 2005
Ghana: Dialogue on controversial copyright law continues
Proposed Copyright Bill in Ghana creates controversy and debate. Ghana musicians meet Minister of Justice...
22 March 2005
The case of Gorki Luis
The controversial Cuban rock artist Gorki Luis
17 March 2005
Algerian rai musician: Censorship on political songs in the West
Algerian musician and rai rebel Rachid Taha has told BBC World Service that he believes Western radio stations deliberately refrain from airing political songs.
10 March 2005
Ghana President intervenes in copyright controversy
A new proposed Copyright Bill in Ghana could violate musicians fundamental human rights, argues top Ghanaian composers, musicians and lawyers
09 March 2005
Abdul Samay Hamed: Censorship conference in Afghanistan
In this interview the Afghan poet Zhakfar Hussaini explains the way song lyrics were censored in the communist periods in Afghanistan
26 February 2005
Freemuse statement on cultural boycott
The Executive Committee of Freemuse met in Copenhagen on 30 January 2005. One of the issues it discussed was cultural boycotts
07 February 2005
Previously banned music now flyes off the shelves in Pakistan
Two young boys who had to play in secret because their music was banned by Pakistani fundamentalists, now are selling thousands of albums...
28 January 2005
Belarus limits foreign music
Europe's "last" dictator Aleksandr Lukasjenko does not only censor local bands, he has now ordered that radio stations can only play 20 pct. foreign music
14 January 2005
UK: Banned group returns to stage
They were censored on Top of the Pops and infuriated the National Front in the late 70's. Now the Gang of Four returns to the stage for a few gigs. Vocalist Jon King claims Gang of Four was banned more than the Sex Pistols
11 January 2005
Newspapers divided on BBC screening of Springer opera
Religion, sex and music is once again in the focus of controversy when BBC - despite protests from religious groups - decided to broadcast "Jerry Springer - the Opera". Seen as blasphemous and obscene by critics, the opera is hailed as satirical by supporters.
11 January 2005
List of banned songs in Zambia 2004
A few Zambian artists gained further popularity in 2004 by releasing controversial songs, but several artists learned a tough lesson when songs with "vulgar language" were banned by local radio stations and condemned publicly. "Opinion" in Times of Zambia supported the censorship
05 January 2005
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