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Eurovision Song Banned

Eurovision 2009

Eurovision 2009

Georgia have been forced to withdraw from the Eurovision song contest after having their proposed song banned. The song “we don’t wanna put in” was said to be mocking The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The event is to be held in Russia in mid May which only added to the controversy. According to Eurovision rules no lyrics, speeches or gestures of a political nature are allowed within the contest and the song was deemed to be breaking this rule. The song which would have been performed by Stephane and 3G was seen to be protesting against Russia’s war on Georgia. The Georgian group had the option of revising the lyrics of the song but instead chose to opt out of the competition. Mr Putin’s spokesman commented saying; “We should only regret that the Georgian contestants instead of concentrating on the art, use such a popular contest for demonstrating the pseudo-political ambitions, or-simply speaking-their hooliganism.”

April 19, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Industry Accepts Chinese Censorship

Google China

Google China

Google have launched a music download service to operate in china, however any music that had been previously banned by the Chinese authorities isn’t available via the download site. “When you’re in the music business in China you know you have to follow the regulations,” said Lachie Rutherford, president of Warner Music Asia. Google have rarely contested China on censorship issues since its introduction to the Chinese market several years ago. Undoubtedly much of the material banned by China won’t be as a result of foul language or absurdity, but simply views which contradict or undermine the Chinese government.

April 19, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bribed Censorship

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Rappers in Senegal are being offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive lyrics about political life in the country. In contrast rappers who refuse to comply with this often find backdated tax bills emerging as well as death threats. Such threats are taken seriously with beatings being widespread in the country. In Senegal 70% of the population is under thirty years old so Hip Hop has a big audience amongst the Senegalese people. The Government as well as the musicians recognize this and its seems the battle between freedom of expression and corruption will continue amongst artists such as Didier Awadi and the Government.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online Great Wall

Internet Police

Internet Police

In January this year China launched a  campaign against internet pornography. Many now fear though that the camppaign is simply a cover for a more sinister purpose. Political and Human Rights websites have dissapeared from China’s webspace despite having no pornographic content what so ever. Amnesty International’s website no longer exists in China. Commenting on the situation the Press Feedom Organization said: “The Olympic Torch is now definately extinguished and the government’s much vaunted liberation is no more. The campaign against political dissidents is now very much in the open.” It seems China’s Online Great Wall is still firmly standing.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Censoring Beyonce’s Wardrobe

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What kind of monster would try to censor Beyonce’s wardrobe I must ask. The R&B sensation decided to cancel her tour of Malaysia rather than wear something other than her usual…somewhat skimpy outfits. She did however tour neighbouring countries such as Indonesia where the rules aren’t so strict. Essentially somewhere along the line (perhaps her waist line) Beyonce found herself coming into direct contention with traditional Islamic values,but dismissed the issue saying her reason for cancelling was: “a scheduling conflict.” I’m sure lying is also against Islamic values so maybe Beyonce was right to cancel.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taliban EXTREME Censorship

Pashto Singer Sardar Yousafzai (Centre)

Pashto Singer Sardar Yousafzai (Centre)

Popular Pashto singer Sardar Yousafzai and his orchestra came under attack by the Taliban while travelling through North West Pakistan. Musicians were shot and killed in the Taliban’s attemps to censor and control musical expression in the region. The son of murdered Pipe Organ player Anwar Gul is also a musician and said: “My family is facing hard times these days. I don’t know how to survive in this suffocating environment. We are helpless.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment