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CELEBRATE MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ON 3 MARCH

In less than a week, radio stations, newspapers and musicians across five continents will focus on music censorship for Music Freedom Day. Play a controversial song, interview a censored musician, or dedicate your next song to freedom of musical expression on Monday, 3 March.

Freemuse, an organisation that advocates free expression for musicians and composers, is offering radio producers free original radio interviews in broadcast quality - from the banning of music centres in Pakistan's tribal areas, to the Algerian rap, "152 mesures contre la censure", recorded especially for the day.

A concert and seminar in Oslo, Norway featuring Kris Kristofferson from the U.S., Ferhat Tunc from Turkey, Mari Boine from Norway and Chiwoniso Maraire from Zimbabwe will be broadcast via satellite radio around Europe and streamed on the Internet worldwide.

Also, be sure to watch out for the winner of the first ever Freemuse Award, which honours a musician, individual or organisation that has "worked for freedom of musical expression in a remarkable way."

Check out Freemuse's website to share ideas and get inspired at: http://www.freemuse.org/sw19297.asp

(26 February 2008)

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