News 2013

Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police
"We strongly condemn the detention and harassment of popular Azerbaijani rapper Dado," wrote The Art for Democracy in Baku
04 March 2013
Pakistan: Manifestations of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture
On Music Freedom Day 2013 at a local hotel in Peshawar, music lovers put their voices together to ensure the freedom of artistic and musical expressions.
04 March 2013
Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court
"I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk," said musician Se
04 March 2013
Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on
Sher Alam Shinwari set out to investigate what the situation is like in Peshawar on Music Freedom Day 2013. He found stifling sounds of Pashto music amid militancy and hostility
01 March 2013
Newsletter no. 1 / 2013
Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2013
28 February 2013
Press release: Broadcasters and artists join Music Freedom Day 2013
Sunday 3 March 2013 we commemorate the six musicians who were killed in the last year, and show support to the many who have been imprisoned and persecuted.
28 February 2013
Norway: First ever 'safe haven city' for musicians
On 14 February 2013 the Norwegian Musicians' Union presented the first ever 'safe haven city' within the field of music: Harstad
27 February 2013
Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012
In 2012 Freemuse registered a total of 173 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights. We reported about six artists who were killed, and 14 were imprisoned
26 February 2013
France: Rap lyrics targeted
The French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls wants to fight "aggressive" rap lyrics attacking the state, insulting the flag and women.
25 February 2013
India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats
After a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and threats on social media, the band Pragaash from Kashmir decided to dissolve
22 February 2013
Mexico: 'Narcocorridos' can be sung again in Sinaloa
The Mexican Supreme Court found that Sinaloa's governor had exceeded his powers when he banned public performances of drug ballads, so now the ban will be lifted
19 February 2013
Haiti: President accused of censoring three carnival bands
Composers of some of Haiti's most controversial carnival tunes this year say they are being shut out of the carnival by the president
18 February 2013
Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time
The Turkish pianist Fazıl Say will be appearing in court for the second time on Monday 18 February 2013 on charges of insulting religious values
14 February 2013
Tanzania: Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar music festival
This year, the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania, focuses on freedom of musical expression
14 February 2013
Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time
The Turkish pianist Fazıl Say will be appearing in court for the second time on Monday 18 February 2013 on charges of insulting religious values
14 February 2013
EU: Freedom of speech debated on Creators Conference
A conference on freedom of speech and authors' rights is being organised under the High Patronage of the European Parliament on 20 February 2013
12 February 2013
Norway: Norwegians mark Music Freedom Day with freedom of expression festival
An international celebration of freedom of expression in art and culture, entitled 'RED ZONE - FREE THE ARTS', will be held in Norway from 28 February to 3 March 2013.
11 February 2013
Freemuse Award 2013
Freemuse Award 2013 is given to Festival au D
06 February 2013
Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed
Several of the musicians from the band Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed.
01 February 2013
Freemuse campaign: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison
Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given 91 days prison sentence, is out prison. He was allegedly released due to international reactions.
29 January 2013
Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained
Turkish police arrested 85 people, including musicians, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group
19 January 2013
Iran: International artists support imprisoned Iranian musician
In a letter to the Iranian authorities, world renowned artists join Freemuse in a protest against the imprisonment of their Iranian colleague Arya Aramnejad
16 January 2013
Film: Oscar nomination of 'Sugar Man' - the Freemuse connection
The documentary film 'Searching for Sugar Man' has been nominated for an Oscar - about the US singer Rodriguez, who became famous in South Africa in the 1970s
11 January 2013
Mali: Music festival exiled to Burkina Faso
The al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali have banned music of any kind. Here's an update from NPR, All Things Considered
10 January 2013
Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad once again in prison
Singer Arya Aramnejad is serving a 91 days prison sentence. Freemuse has once again protested to the Iranian authorities against the imprisonment of the Iranian singer
10 January 2013
Chile: Arrest order issued for the killers of singer Victor Jara
A judge in Chile has ordered the arrest of eight former army officers over the murder 39 years ago of singer Victor Jara, reported BBC News
07 January 2013
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