[THE FOLLOWING IS A CONDENSED VERSION OF A REPORT WRITTEN BY PEN NORWAY'S CARL MORTEN IVERSEN]
More than 100 musicians, musicologists, producers, journalists and human rights defenders from 25 countries worldwide convened in Copenhagen from 28-29 September to lecture, hold discussions, present cases and hear personal testimonies concerning the state of music censorship in 2002.
Highlights included a South African protest singer and the police spy assigned to stop his career meeting face to face in a panel discussion, while a famous Afghan musician from Kabul told of how he was forced to work as a butcher under the Taliban regime.
The 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship also heard personal testimonies from a Palestinian cultural worker, a controversial Israeli/Palestinian singer, a censor from Nigeria, and other musicians, journalists and scholars from Sudan, Cuba, Israel, Malaysia, and USA.
A total of 30 speakers from 20 different countries spoke at the conference, which also focused on the many aspects and effects of music censorship worldwide.
Themes included censorship by corporate, governmental and religious bodies, media and music industry concentration, nationalism/protectionism, and limitations on musical freedom caused by the 11 September attacks and other events.
A complete report from the conference will be available in February 2003.
Meanwhile, visit the website of the conference organiser, Freemuse, at www.freemuse.org.
ATTENDS WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP