• Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song The five members of the punk band Deli from Bursa face up to 18 months in jail for having insulted the country’s unpopular university entrance exam in the song ‘ Sources YouTube.com – 27 June 2006:The video clip ‘Osym’ by HakoToday’s Zaman – 31 March [...]
  • Switzerland: Call for ban on ‘satanic’ Swiss Eurovision song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Switzerland:Religious groups call for a ban on ‘satanic’ Eurovision song At first an evangelical group asked Swiss Television and DJ Bobo to withdraw or re-write the Swiss entry song to the Eurovision Song Contest because the lyrics may encourage suicidal tendencies or occult practices. Then one Christian political party handed in a 49,000-signature [...]
  • Lebanon: Hip hop band’s censored album debut

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon:Hip hop band’s censored album debut The Beirut-based rap duo Ashekman has come up against censorship several times in its young career, reports The Daily Star, as they are about to publish their debut album with an Arabic parental advisory warning on the cover “They give voice to Lebanon’s disaffected youth through music,” [...]
  • Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change During the last seven years, there has been a frightening rise in the number of censorship attempts on musicians, outspoken activists and journalists in Senegal. In the 2007 elections in Senegal, music played a vital part of political campaigning, reports Freemuse’s West Africa correspondentBy Rose Skelton, Freemuse   [...]
  • Indonesia: Ed Edy and Residivus face jail for singing ‘dog’ about police

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Two musicians face jail for singing ‘dog’ about police One song and the use of one word – ‘anjing’ – has left two musicians of the rock band Ed Edy and Residivus facing 18 months in prison. Canadian radio correspondent Michael McAuliffe travelled to the Indonesian island of Bali to meet the [...]
  • UK: Avoid ‘harmful forms of music’ in state schools, says Muslim council

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Avoid ‘harmful forms of music’ in state schools, says Muslim council Muslim Council of Britain has published recommendations on how music lessons should be taught to Muslims in state schools in the United Kingdom. The guidelines are criticised by two Muslim organisations Should a Muslim pupil in a state school be allowed [...]
  • USA: Dixie Chicks’ triumph over censorship: Five Grammys

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Dixie Chicks’ triumph over censorship: Five Grammys It was a victory over censorship, boycott and death threats when Dixie Chicks ‘swept’ the most prestigious honours in the global music calendar, the Grammy Awards The news went around the globe: A triumphant comeback for the country trio The Dixie Chicks three years after they caused [...]
  • Belarus: ‘Hidden Truths’ report appendix – song lyrics

    FREEMUSE REPORT APPENDIX ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Hidden Truths’ song lyrics English translation of the lyrics of the seven songs which are published as an online appendix to Freemuse’s report on music censorship in Belarus 1. De Shifer:  ‘Chas Priyshov’  [mp3 file]  [Info]  [Lyrics] 2. Partyzanskaja Shkola:  ‘Nie!’  [mp3 file]  [Info]  [Lyrics] 3. Kasia Kamotskaya:  ‘Maja Kraina’  [mp3 file]  [Info]  [Lyrics] 4. Krama:  ‘Homielski Vals’  [mp3 file]  [Info]  [Lyrics] 5. Chyrvonym pa Belamu:  ‘Nie [...]
  • Declaration demanding abolishment of Turkey’s Article 301

    CAMPAIGNS ##PagePublishedLong## Joint action:Declaration demanding abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code 29 non-governmental organisations have released a joint declaration demanding a total abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and other articles violating freedom of expression. The following is the joint action statement signed by 21 members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange [...]
  • Belarus: ‘Hidden Truths’ report appendix – audio and video

    FREEMUSE REPORT APPENDIX ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Hidden Truths’ songs Listen to examples of banned and blacklisted music from Belarus. The bands and most of the songs are mentioned in Freemuse’s report on music censorship in Belarus. For information about the artists, click on [info] or see below on this page. 1. De Shifer:  ‘Chas Priyshov’  [mp3 file]  [Info]  [Lyrics] 2. Partyzanskaja [...]
  • UK: City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’ Brighton and Hove City Council may become the first in United Kingdom to place a ban on music which encourages violence towards minority groups, reports The Argus Proposals to outlaw so-called ‘murder music’ in venues, pubs and clubs are being considered as part of a [...]
  • Sweden: rap band taken to court for ‘hate speech’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden:Rap band taken to court accused of ‘hate speech’ Whether calling the police ‘pigs’ and encouraging to start a “war” against them goes beyond the limits of the rights to freedom of expression in rap music is to be tried in a Swedish court Two members of a rap band from the south [...]
  • 3 March is ‘Music Freedom Day 2007′

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom DayMedia focus point on music censorship world-wide Saturday 3 March is ‘Music Freedom Day 2007′. On this day, and during the week leading up to it, magazines, radio stations and tv broadcasters world-wide will focus on music censorship It is not a campaign for free downloading of music – it is [...]
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  • Colombia: ‘Prohibited ballads’ are popular

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Colombia:‘Prohibited ballads’ banned on air, popular live The accordion-laced, hard-driving songs about Colombia’s underworld are called ‘corridos prohibidos’ – prohibited ballads – because established radio networks ban them from the air. The Washington Post describes why they have become so popular “In a country with Marxist rebels, death squads, cocaine traffickers and all [...]
  • Denmark: Religious reservations labeled as ‘censorship’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:Religious reservations labeled as ‘censorship’ In the aftermath of the Muhammed cartoon crisis, the criteria for what is termed as ‘censorship’ is gradually changing. On 5 December 2006, two bare shoulders of a female Norwegian singer became ‘breaking news’ in Denmark with the headline: “Muslim censorship in music show” By Freemuse The headline [...]
  • USA: Singer’s religious imagery censored

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Singer’s religious imagery censored Crucifixion scene in a performance by American superstar Madonna is censored from NBC’s airing of the concert on 22 November 2006. During a passage in Madonna’s ‘Confessions Concert’, she ascends a mirrored cross, dressed as Christ and wearing a crown of thorns, and then sings the song ‘Live to [...]
  • Syria: ‘Silenced voices’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Silenced voices In Syria, music is a mirror which shows the soul of the listener. The hedonist youth of Damascus sees fuel for the fun of their parties, fundamentalists suspect moral corruption, the authocratic regime fears the output of subversive minds. And just a few young musicians perceive a magic language of [...]
  • Iran: ‘Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:’Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’ Excerpt from Chapter 8 in the report ’Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’, published by Article 19 in September 2006. Chapter 8 is about music in Iran Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh is a lecturer with a doctorate in urban planning, who blends rap music with Persian classical poetry to [...]
  • Canada: ‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned in music stores A Toronto activist has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Canadian music store chain selling ‘gangsta rap’ that glorifies the mistreatment of women The Canadian activist Valerie Smith is represented by the lawyer Cynthia Watson of Watson Labour Lawyers – a cutting [...]
  • USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Controversial reggae star’s show called off A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for [...]
  • USA: ‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads an impassioned campaign to ease the visa crisis for musicians visiting the ‘Land of the Free’, writes MondomixBy Daniel Brown Last month the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma testified at the US House of Representatives at a hearing on visa challenges in the performing [...]
  • Denmark: Teenager arrested for ‘death rap’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Teenager arrested for ‘death rap’ A 17-year-old teenager was arrested for sending death threats in the form of a rap song to the Danish politician Naser Khader, reports the news agency Ritzau The boy composed and produced a rap song in which he threatened Naser Khader and his family, and then he e-mailed it to Khader [...]
  • UK: Detained for humming ‘London Calling’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Detained for humming ‘London Calling’ Is The Clash’s classic punk song ‘London Calling’ a dangerous song? In England in April 2006, a taxi passenger was detained for simply singing along to it Mobile phone salesman Harraj Mann, 24, was detained for questioning by British anti-terrorism detectives after they received a phone call [...]
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