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France: Music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances

France: Music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

French music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances over anti-Islam remarks
Music festival organizers in France have canceled performances by the Eagles of Death Metal following controversial remarks by its frontman. The band's Bataclan concert was a target of November's Paris terror attacks.


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http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2016/05/21/eagles-death-metal-banned/

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36340715



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France: Rapper Black M banned from World War I centenary ceremony 

France: Rapper Black M banned from World War I centenary ceremony  | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Protests by far-right politicians and bloggers have led to the cancellation of a concert by French rapper Black M at the ceremony for the centenary of the World War I battle of Verdun this month. While the National Front (NF) and its allies welcomed the decision, other politicians have denounced reactionary "thought police" and an "outpouring of hatred".


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China: British heavy metal band forced to alter show 

China: British heavy metal band forced to alter show  | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Iron Maiden have become the latest band to change their live performance in order to satisfy the Chinese government. Earlier this week, the metal veterans played two shows in China – in Beijing and Shanghai – as part of their Book of Souls world tour.

The band had to change lyrics and drop special effects and stage props, according the metal site Blabbermouth. Singer Bruce Dickinson was forbidden to swear on stage, though in Shanghai he got round that restriction by mouthing the relevant words silently during his between-songs chat. “We ripped it up in Beijing, and we thought, ‘Ooh, that was a bit serious,’ you know,” he told the audience. “So they had a few rules, so we kind of stuck by the rules, and we didn’t do any swearing. You know what I mean?”


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http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-iron-maidens-bruce-dickinson-addresses-chinese-concert-rules-during-shanghai-performance/


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Iran: Popular singer still banned from performing

Iran: Popular singer still banned from performing | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Shajarian is still banned from holding concerts and releasing music albums in Iran. “I live in a country where I don’t have the right to sing for my own people,” Shajarian said at a conference on the famous Iranian poet Hafez in 2015.

Hossein Dehbashi, a former member of Rouhani’s electoral campaign, claimed that the Rouhani administration is behind the blacklisting of Shajarian. However, Shajarian told a local magazine, “The president and the minister of culture [and Islamic guidance, Ali Jannati] are opposed to my banning. There are some groups that are against me. … I don’t know what their problem is with me.”

Describing the reason for Shajarian’s blacklisting, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance last year said, “Shajarian should be loyal to the Islamic Republic; he has created a gap between himself and the establishment.”

Hossein Alizadeh, a celebrated musician, has criticized the blacklisting by saying, “I really regret that I live in an era in which Shajarian is not allowed to sing.” He added, “If I was the minister of culture [and Islamic guidance], and witnessed that no permission is issued for Shajarian’s concerts, I would have resigned. … It is painful that Shajarian was used in the [2013 presidential] election, but there was no news of permission [to perform] granted to him after [Rouhani’s] victory.”

Nonetheless, just a few days after the news of Shajarian’s cancer spread, Farzad Talebi, the new director general of the Music Department at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, said, “We will do our best to remove the obstacles in the way of Shajarian’s activities so that people can have access to his works of art.”

With the attention on IRIB’s reaction to Shajarian’s health issues, and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance officials’ positive remarks, it appears that there may be a chance of Shajarian returning to the stage. The holy month of Ramadan, which is set to begin in early June, will determine Shajarian’s fate. One can only wait to see whether IRIB will broadcast his famous song “Rabbana" ("Our Lord"). If the Ramadan classic is broadcast, one may assume that his blacklisting has finally been lifted. 


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http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/mohammad-reza-shajarian-banned-concert.html#


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/10/ramadan-mohammed-rez-shajarian-iran


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Angola: Rapper Luaty Beirao jailed for rebellion 

Angola: Rapper Luaty Beirao jailed for rebellion  | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

A prominent Angolan rapper has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Luaty Beirao was sentenced by a court in the capital, Luanda, along with 16 other activists who were given jail terms of between two and eight years.
Amnesty International said they had been sentenced by a "kangaroo court".
The 17 were arrested in June after discussing a book about non-violent resistance at their book club.


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http://europe.newsweek.com/angolan-rapper-jailed-plotting-presidential-rebellion-441564?rm=eu

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/03/angola-conviction-of-17-peaceful-activists-an-affront-to-justice/


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Turkey: Religious body denies 'Rockin' Imam' permission for Portugal concert

Turkey: Religious body denies 'Rockin' Imam' permission for Portugal concert | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

A man known in Turkey as the "Rockin' Imam" has been denied permission to give a concert in Portugal by the Turkish Diyanet.



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Kenya: First music video on homosexuality banned

Kenya: First music video on homosexuality banned | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Kenya’s media watchdog has banned a remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ 2012 gay rights anthem Same Love.

The song, which was recorded during the campaign for same-sex marriage in Washington State, was a massive hit across the world.

However, it has gone down less well in Kenya – after a music video for an adaptation of the song fell foul of censors.

Kenyan band Art Attack had released a music video earlier this month for their remix, which features images of same-sex couples and pride marchers in the country.However, the Kenya Film Classification Board denied the video a license for release – banning it because “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”.

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http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/oct/08/kenya-anti-gay-laws-lgbt-community-mercy-of-mob

http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke/k24-tv/201718/kfcb-bans-same-love-music-video-urges-people-not-to-circulate-the-video/

 

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China: Media ban music of anti-pro independent Taiwan singer

China: Media ban music of anti-pro independent Taiwan singer | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it
TAIPEI, Taiwan --Local broadcasting media refused to air Taiwanese-born singer Michael Huang's (黃安) music due to his recent tip-offs on pro-independent Taiwan entertainers to mainland Chinese authorities on Wednesday.
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Iran: Ministry bans album release and composer from working

Iran: Ministry bans album release and composer from working | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

The latest album of music by Majid Derakhshani, titled Khoroosh (roar), has been denied distribution, with the security department of the Ministry of Guidance stating that the prominent musician is banned from working.

The album contains Majid Derakhshani's music sung by Mojtaba Asgari, and after over two years of red tape, it has been denied distribution by the ministry.

The ministry has informed Derakhshani that he is banned from musical activity for his collaboration with the Mah Banoo music group.

Last December, Majid Derakhshani was banned from travelling abroad for collaborating with Mah Banu, and the musicians and singer from Mah Banu have been summoned by security forces on several occasions in the past year.

Derakhshani said at the time that he was not directly informed of the reasons for being banned from travelling abroad, but the summonses and former explanations have convinced him that "the presence of women in Mah Banoo and the widespread video clips of their music" is at the heart of the restrictions imposed against him.

Derakhshani says he has been interrogated about the use of female singers in his music but insists that the courts have acquitted him of any charges in this regard. He says, therefore, that the ban on his music activities is unfounded.

 

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Uzbekistan: Musicians regulated to conform to ‘national values’

Uzbekistan: Musicians regulated to conform to ‘national values’ | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it



Uzbekistan’s government has ordered the state agency in charge of giving licenses to performers to tighten conditions under which they are granted, citing a plethora of pop songs, videos and concerts that fail to conform to the “country’s spiritual, cultural and national values”, according to Transition Online and BBC News citing the local media Gazeta.

 
President Islam Karimov’s government, which has strictly regulated the lucrative entertainment industry, has also banned films and books deemed unpatriotic or harmful for young people.
 

A government resolution issued on 14 December 2015 said the Uzbeknavo performing rights authority needs to tighten up licensing as too music and accompanying videos fail to conform to Uzbekistan’s “age-old spiritual and cultural values and national traditions,” the BBC wrote, citing local reports.

 

Apart from chastising Uzbeknavo, the resolution also takes the national broadcaster, internet regulators, and the Ministry of Culture to task for allowing performances “that can have a negative impact on the moral upbringing of the younger generation,” the BBC said.

  

Under the new government resolution, professional singers in Uzbekistan are now obliged to provide quarterly reports on their appearances or face losing their performing licenses, reported the BBC.

 

It also stipulates musicians must perform for Uzbeknavo once a year, so it can determine their future work opportunities.

 

Photo: Tashkent's concert hall. Artists hoping to grace the stage here will have to meet government standards.

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Algeria: Attack on famous raï singer’s concert thwarted

Algeria: Attack on famous raï singer’s concert thwarted | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

According to Morocco World News, Alarabiya and other media, Algerian authorities are searching for three terrorists who attempted to target Annaba Theatre, a theatre in the north-eastern city of Annaba, where raï singer Cheb Khaled was performing on 9 December 2015.

 

A separate report by Russia Today cited Algerian media sources as saying that the Algerian army successfully thwarted the attack, but were unable to arrest the terrorists.


Multiple Algerian media reports suggested that the terrorists infiltrated to Annaba from the Eastern borders of Algeria. Algerian authorities have not yet issued any statement regarding the incident.
 

The north-eastern city where the whereabouts of the terrorists are suspected is hosting the Annaba Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, which began on 4 December 2015.

http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/cheb-khaleds-assassination-attempt-leaves-fans-frenzy-779894
http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2015/12/174696/algeria-hunts-three-terrorists-over-plans-to-attack-cheb-khalids-music-concert/
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Iran: Concert cancelled over female musicians

Iran: Concert cancelled over female musicians | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor Ali Rahbari said on 29 November 2015.

Ali Rahbari said he was told 15 minutes before the orchestra was scheduled to play at a major sporting event that they could not.

“The chairs were laid out and everything looked fine,” he said, referring to the World Wrestling Clubs Cup competition which opened in the Iranian capital on Thursday.

“But before performing the national anthem, all of a sudden they announced women cannot play on stage.”

Neither Rahbari or the ISNA news agency, which reported his comments, detailed who “they” were.

“I was offended and said it was impossible for me to accept such an insult,” Mr Rahbari added. “We either play all together or we leave”.

Efforts to resolve the issue failed.

“It’s absolutely impossible for women to play musical instruments on stage,” Mr Rahbari quoted organisers of the ceremony as saying.

Banned from singing solo in public since the Islamic revolution of 1979, female Iranian musicians have repeatedly complained of having been stopped from performing, particularly outside Tehran.

But Thursday’s refusal, according to ISNA, was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra, one of Iran’s oldest, had been cancelled because of its female members.

“They invited us themselves and yet they disrespected us,” Mr Rahbari said. “Why shouldn’t they be allowed to perform the national anthem of their country?”

The issue of music in public has resurfaced in the past year with artists repeatedly complaining they have been stopped from performing at short notice despite having official authorisation.

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, a moderate elected in 2013, has said that as long as artists and musicians have a permit from the culture ministry then no one should stop them from working.

But many concerts have been cancelled regardless with little explanation.

Religious leaders have spoken out against them and conservatives claim music can “excite and cause deviation” among the country’s youth.

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India: Punjab government bans ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses

India: Punjab government bans ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

On 2 November 2015, the state government in Punjab imposed a ban on playing ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses with immediate effect, reported DNA India.

"Random surprise checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in buses," an official spokesperson told the media.

“Frequent use of vulgar and loud music in the buses is instrumental in fatal accidents due to distraction caused to the drivers”, the spokesperson explained.

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Tanzania: Government Bans 'Twerking' Music Video

Tanzania: Government Bans 'Twerking' Music Video | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it
Bouncing and grinding, singer Snura Mushi's latest released music video 'Chura' is a hit among her fans, but not for the government which said it breaches moral fabric of the public.

Watch the video - age restriction of 18 applies

In that stance, the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports has yesterday issued a ban on this erotic video and the song recently released by the controversial Bongofleva artist from being aired on mainstream and social media in the country.

The ministry's Head of Information and Communication, Zawadi Msalla, said that the ban was necessitated due to immoral acts displayed in the video, which has become popular soon after the artist released it via social media.
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Jordan: Ban on performance by Lebanese band reversed

Jordan: Ban on performance by Lebanese band reversed | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs.

Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against "Mashrou Leila," or Leila's Project, said in a new statement that "we don't mind if this concert takes place." He didn't elaborate.


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http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=76594

http://www.postbulletin.com/entertainment/music/jordan-lifts-ban-on-performance-by-popular-lebanese-band/article_6fe676ab-f24e-5329-8790-6fb3906c5260.html


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Germany: Heavy metal band sues state on censorship issue

Germany: Heavy metal band sues state on censorship issue | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Rammstein has filed a lawsuit against Germany for having temporarily indexed the album "Liebe ist für alle da," said a spokesperson of the Bonn Regional Court on Monday (04.04.2016). The rock band is seeking 66,000 euros (nearly $75,000) in damages.
In 2009, the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, a German governmental agency responsible for listing works that could potentially harm youths, had decided that one of the songs of the album, "Ich tu dir weh," as well as the pictures in the booklet accompanying the CD, were "brutalizing" and "immoral." The entire album was indexed.
Once a work gets listed by the organization, it may not be advertised and can only be sold under strict conditions - limiting its potential success.


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Indonesia: Ban on outdoor music concerts due to Sharia law

Indonesia: Ban on outdoor music concerts due to Sharia law | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Outdoor music concerts have been banned from a regency in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province on the grounds they violate Sharia law.

Draconian regulations – such as a ban on women straddling motorcycles (they must ride side-saddle), unaccompanied women working or visiting night spots after 11pm and a requirement that boys and girls are taught separately at school – have been introduced in different parts of Aceh in recent years.

The province, the only part of Indonesia that enforces Sharia law, also outlaws gambling, drinking and even fraternising with the opposite sex outside marriage.


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http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/04/05/west-aceh-regency-bans-music-concerts-following-advice-clerics http://www.smh.com.au/world/ban-on-outdoor-music-concerts-in-west-aceh-due-to-sharia-law-20160406-gnzvna.html


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Iran: Musical instruments still a crime on Iranian tv

Iran: Musical instruments still a crime on Iranian tv | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

A photograph published on an Iranian website on February 11 reveals the absurdity of music censorship in Iran.

Recently, families around Iran were told they were in for a treat: Iran’s state TV announced it would broadcast a concert by popular Iranian singer Salar Aghili.

But when it came to the event, very little of the concert was actually visible. Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) came to the conclusion that parts of the concert did not quite live up to Islamic norms and standards — so, in response, they blurred the musicians playing instruments on stage.


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» Freemuse – 6 February 2014:
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Singapore: Madonna banned from performing 'religiously sensitive' song in Singapore

Singapore: Madonna banned from performing 'religiously sensitive' song in Singapore | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Madonna and religious controversy are familiar bedfellows. Back in 1989, the singer roused controversy for her hit track, 'Like a Prayer'; particularly in the video's depictions of stigmata, burning crosses, and sexualised saints. Pepsi pulled their contract with the singer, and Italian broadcasters refused to air the video. And she's certainly yet to lose her edge there; with reports that she's been banned from performing the track 'Holy Water', taken from last year's album Rebel Heart, at her live show at Singapore's National Stadium on 28 February. The show has also been labelled with an R18 rating, meaning only adult fans of the musician will be allowed to attend the concert. 

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Nigeria: Award-winning poet imprisoned over defamation charges

Nigeria: Award-winning poet imprisoned over defamation charges | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

The Nigerian poet, journalist and culture activist Nengi Josef Owei Ilagha was arrested on 14 December 2015 in Okirika, Rivers state, in Nigeria.

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Iran: Artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad

Iran: Artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

A group of artists and musicians has written to the Governor of Khorasan Razavi, calling on him to cancel the ban placed on all music concerts in Mashhad, the provincial capital, according to Radio Zamaneh quoting Qods online.

The signatories maintain that such a ban will lead to the "separation and alienation of the young generation from their local artistic and cultural values."

For years, an unwritten rule has restricted concerts in Mashhad on the grounds that it is a religious city holding the shrine of the eighth Shia Imam.

The letter indicates that Mashhad was the site of top-quality live music in various venues across the city in the not-so-distant past and the ban gradually imposed on concerts is a mere "imposition of personal views and mismanagement by former cultural officials".

Earlier this week Chenaran Prosecutor's office announced that it had received a directive banning all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province. That statement was contradicted by the head of the culture ministry in the province who said there had been no such directive.

The letter to the Khorasan Governor refers to the growing level of "violence, tension and depression" in Mashhad as cause for concerns adding that music can be a highly effective tool in improving the mood of the city providing it with "peace, joy and exhilaration".

The signatories call on the governor to end the "Silence of Music" in Marshhad with the removal of the concert ban on the city.

 

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China: Behind the blacklist of songs

China: Behind the blacklist of songs | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

On 10 August 2015, China released a blacklist of 120 songs and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites. Straight in at number one on the Chinese government's banned songs chart was IN3, a trio of rappers who mix the language of Beijing's streets with classic hip hop beats. And number two. And three. And so on, down to number 17.

 

IN3 have played packed houses in Beijing for a decade, but may never be able to perform in their home city again following the online ban. And all three band members were detained after China's culture ministry published the list of 120 songs barred from the Internet for "trumpeting obscenity, violence, crime and harming social morality".

The hard knocks came as China's ruling Communist Party tightens regulation of culture under President Xi Jinping, who has called on artists to "serve socialism".

In an article by AFP one of the band members Jia Wei talks about the hardships faced by IN3 after their music ended up on the banned songs list -

Their flow has been interrupted by ever-tighter limits on expression. Official approval for shows has been harder to come by in recent years, while others have been shut down at the last minute. And their new blacklisted status means IN3 are unlikely to grace Beijing's stages again.

Searching for an alternative venue, IN3 held a concert in Yunnan province, some 3,000 kilometres (1865 miles) from Beijing, but just minutes after they landed back in the capital police boarded their flight to handcuff and hood them, Jia Wei said.

The band -- whose members have previously been open about consuming cannabis -- were all held on drug-related charges.

 

Jia said he was released after a week when police found no evidence he had dealt the drug, but added he believed their music was a factor in the detention, just weeks after the blacklist was released in August.

"I think we were taken in because of our songs," he said. "Right now in Beijing it is not a good time for anything in music."

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Iran: Underground music distributors await appeal decision for six years in prison

Iran: Underground music distributors await appeal decision for six years in prison | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Two musicians and a filmmaker who were jointly sentenced to six years in prison and fined 200 million rials (about $6,650) each for “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state,” are awaiting a ruling by a Tehran appeals court, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Mehdi Rajabian, a musician and founder of BargMusic, an underground music distributor in Iran, along with his brother, Hossein Rajabian, an independent filmmaker and photographer, and Yousef Emadi, a musician, were put on trial in May 2015 at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghisseh.

“The trial lasted 15 minutes and the defendants were accused of encouraging indifference towards religion by promoting underground music,” a source told the Campaign. They were tried together because they were considered collaborators in a joint plot.”

The three music distributors were arrested by Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization in October 2013 and held in solitary confinement for more than two months in Evin Prison’s Ward 2-A, run by the Guards’ Intelligence Organization and put under intense pressure to make false televised confessions.

Following their arrest, more than 400 Iranians, including dozens of prominent artists, signed a petition calling on the Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister to put an end to the crackdown on the artistic community.

“The Appeals Court will hear their case in January 2016 at Branch 54 of the Revolutionary Court to be presided by Judge Babaei. They are hoping the court will change their sentence,” the source added.

 

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Iran: Poet and Songwriter Yaghma Golrouee Arrested

Iranian poet and songwriter Yaghma Golrouee was arrested on 30 November 2015, according to the organisation Journalism is not a Crime

Iran’s semi-official news agency ILNA has confirmed the news, but it is not clear why he was arrested, and his location is unknown.

Golrouee is a well-known poet and songwriter in Iran. His poetry book ‘I have a dream’ was Iran’s best-selling book last year.

Another of his books ‘Drunken Driven’ was published in Germany after Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance refused to issue a license to publish the book in Iran.

Two years ago, the controversial Iranian singer Shahin Najafi made a song based on one of Golrouee’s poems. Najafi has been called “the Salman Rushdie of music” after clerics in Iran issued a death fatwa against him, calling him an apostate, which is considered punishable by death under the country’s sharia law.

Golrouee’s arrest comes a few of weeks after two other Iranian poets, Mehdi Mousavi and Fatemeh Ekhtesari, were sentenced to 99 lashes each and a total of 20 years in jail for supposedly insulting religion. They were among other things accused of collaborating with Najafi after the singer had included their poems in his album.

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Singapore: Petition to Ban Adam Lambert From Concert

Singapore: Petition to Ban Adam Lambert From Concert | Musical Freedom of Expression | Scoop.it

Nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition in protest of the gay singer's 'lewd acts' and 'LGBT rights' activism. 

The "Ghost Town" singer was scheduled to perform at Countdown 2016, the city-state's largest New Year's Eve celebration, which is held in Marina Bay.

But in a letter to the event's media organizer, MediaCorp, protesters say the "performer fraught with controversy" represents values that do not align with those of Singapore, where it is still illegal for men to have sex with other men.

Petitioners point to a history of "sexualized acts," including Lambert 2009 performance at the American Music Awards, in which he kissed another man, as well as "acts of indecency" featured in his recent music video, "Another Lonely Night," as reasons why Lambert should be banned from performing.

These "lewd acts" and "active promotion of a highly sexual lifestyle and LGBT rights... are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values," the petition asserts.

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