Sweden: Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision village

4 May 2016

A week before the Eurovision final, Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision Village. Unfortunately he is banned in his home country! On Sunday 8 May, Lavon Volski will receive the Freemuse Award 2016 for his assiduous and fearless fight for freedom of musical expression in Belarus. The award will …

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Freemuse Press Release: Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom

1 March 2016

View this email in your browser Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedomMusic Freedom Day 2016 1 March 2016, Copenhagen  |  Artists will perform live in Pakistan, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2016, in defence of artistic freedom. Starting in …

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Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012

26 November 2012

  At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’. Freemuse Executive Director Marie Korpe and Programme Manager Ole Reitov received the award which was presented by Marie Carelse, Chair of World Music Denmark. In addition to the …

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Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

24 May 2012

As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels that anything can happen to anyone who is as loudly …

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Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

16 February 2012

 One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, one of Cameroon’s most …

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Press release: Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

25 November 2011

  A call for safe cities from SKAP.   “Make Sweden a safe haven for persecuted musicians and composers,” says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians, urging them to allow the Swedish cities to receive threatened composers and …

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Press release: Music Freedom Day 2011

1 March 2011

   Songs smuggled out from Burma, Dj returns to Kabul, singer in court room in Cameroon. Choir sings about the Arab revolution… and secret guests in New York. Music Freedom Day is being celebrated in more than 20 countries. The plight of imprisoned musicians Win Maw, from Burma, and Lapiro …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Press release: Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse

1 March 2010

Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates DKK 500,000 (approximately € 67,115) to Freemuse for its work for musicians’ rights and against music censorship. Freemuse is the only organisation in the world that works internationally with documentation and information about attacks on musicians and composers’ freedom and right to express themselves. “To …

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Press release: New Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned

24 February 2010

Music that makes dictators tremble Listen to the banned is a unique collection of contemporary songs by artists who have been censored, persecuted, taken to court, imprisoned and even tortured for a very simple reason — their music. Music brings joy and gives a voice to the “voiceless” – a …

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Press release: Freemuse receives international award

19 October 2009

Tunisia:  The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression for creators and performers of music.”   The award was presented during the ‘3rd IMC World Forum on Music’ which is currently taking place in Tunisia. …

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Press release: Freemuse urges OIC to protect musicians

20 April 2009

 Freemuse is deeply concerned that in several member states of the OIC, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, musicians and music retailers are being attacked, banned and even killed in the name of religion In an appeal to Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Freemuse urges the OIC to strongly dissociate itself …

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Press release: Music Freedom Day 2009

18 March 2009

Music Freedom Day 2009   Concert & seminar with censored artists in Stockholm 3 March Artists from Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran facing censorship join forces with Swedish Award Winner in a unique concert when Re:Orient in collaboration with Freemuse organise a concert and a seminar dedicated to freedom of expression for musicians and composers. …

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Press release: Freemuse Award to Tiken Jah Fakoly

20 August 2008

Exiled Côte d’Ivorian reggae singer receives award to acknowledge fight for freedom of expression Press conference on 22 August: A press conference will be held in Dublin to mark the acceptance by outspoken Côte d’Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly of the first ever Freemuse Award. Tiken Jah Fakoly, Maria Korpe …

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Freemuse Award statuette created by world-renowned glass artist

18 August 2008

  World-renowned Swedish glass designer Göran Wärff has created the Freemuse Award statuette, which is presented for the first time ever to the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly in Dublin, United Kingdom, on Saturday 23 August 2008.   By Ole Reitov, programme officer, Freemuse           The award …

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Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir

27 September 2007

Leading member of the European Parliament joins Freemuse at Ferhat Tunç court case in Izmir next week [This Freemuse press release was sent via e-mail to 312 journalists and media houses world-wide on Thursday 27 September 2007 at 16:11 GMT] When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High …

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Press release: ‘Hidden Truths’ Belarus report in Russian translation

27 September 2007

For the first time, a report “Hidden Truths” published by Freemuse is translated into Russian. In the report Freemuse turns its attention to Belarus, where freedoms of information and expression have become the unrelenting victims in an increasingly destructive battle for political control. В своём последнем отчёте о музыке и …

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Press release: Post 9/11 USA report

13 February 2006

’Singing in the Echo Chamber’ Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11th New Freemuse report written by Eric Nuzum   Publishing Date: 13 February 2006 Media contact :     ‘As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship’   Soon …

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17 October 2003

Freemuse está iniciando una compañia internacional a cerca de la: APREHENSIÓN DUDOSA DE UN MÚSICO CUBANO   Freemuse pide al gobierno Cubano de reconsiderar un caso débil contra el músico controversial de rock, Gorki Luis Àguila Carrasco, que fue formalmente declarado culpable al narcotráfico y sentenciado para cuatro años.   …

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Press release: WOMEX 2003

1 October 2003

Music as a basic human right is in focus at WOMEX – The WOrld Music EXpo – in Sevilla, Spain, 22 – 26 October 2003  This year’s WOMEX Award is honouring international human rights organization Freemuse – The World Forum on Music and Censorship for its fight against music censorship.Freemuse …

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Press release: Freemuse film – ‘Stopping the music’

2 May 2003

‘Stopping the music’ is the story of a South African protest singer and the security branch policeman assigned to end his career. The events surrounding the central confrontation in the film took place in apartheid South Africa in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. It was a time of racial …

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Press release: Romania report

25 October 2001

“A Little Bit Special” – Censorship and the Gypsy Musicians of Romania by Garth Cartwright A NEW REPORT PUBLISHED BY FREEMUSE With the international success of Taraf de Haidouks, Romanian Gypsy music has its highest international profile ever. Yet the success of Taraf de Haidouks is not reflected back in …

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Press release: 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship

16 September 2001

A South African protest singer and the police spy assigned to stop his career meet face to face. A famous Afghan musician from Kabul tells his personal story on how he was forced to work as a butcher under the Taliban regime. at The 2nd World Conference on Music and …

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1 January 2000

Press room Freemuse receives requests from media from all over the world. This includes requests for interviews, statements, documentation and background information. We cannot connect media to artists at risk unless the artists have specifically mandated us to do so. You are free to share, quote or republish our stories …

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