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Second World Conference on Music and Censorship
Copenhagen, September 2002

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 Censorship

28 - 29 September 2002 at WHO Conference Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

For full programme, registration and conference material, please go to:

The conference is open to the public.

The hills may once again be alive with music in Afghanistan, but the repercussions
of the years of total ban on music are painful. When music is banned, the very
soul of a culture is being strangled and only through the documentation of music
censorship can we discuss and understand its effects.

The 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship will examine the above cases, as
well as present personal testimonies from a Palestinian cultural worker, a
controversial Israeli/Palestinian singer, a censor from Nigeria, and other
musicians, journalists and scholars from i.a. Sudan, Cuba, Israel, Malaysia, and
USA. Through documentation and open debate the conference will aim to create and
support initiatives to strengthen free musical expression worldwide.

Among the speakers and moderators you will also find participants from various
corporations, i.a. MTV, Radio France International. A total of 30 speakers from 20
different countries will speak at the conference, which will deal with the many
aspects and effects of music censorship worldwide. Among the themes are censorship
by corporative, governmental and religious bodies, media and music industry
concentration, nationalism/protectionism, and limits of musical freedom caused by
the September 11 attacks and other political events.

In connection with the conference, the Danish Film Institute presents two
documentaries from South Africa and Afghanistan in collaboration with Freemuse.
Both films will be introduced by the director/producer and the main characters.
Please see for more

Marie Korpe,
Executive Director
mobile +45 29 44 42 80
FREEMUSE - The World Forum on Music and Censorship
Wilders Plads 8 H 1403 Copenhagen K. Denmark
tel +45 32 69 89 20 fax +45 32 69 89 01

Media & Conference Coordinator: Jim Q. Holm
Tel +45 32 69 89 20, mobile +45 40 97 91 45

The 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship is organized by Freemuse; an
international organization advocating freedom of expression for musicians and
composers worldwide.