Magazine article New Internationalist

Murdered for Music

Magazine article New Internationalist

Murdered for Music

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Censorship of musicians is increasing across the world. In December, in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, popular Pashto singer Sardar Yousafzai and 11 members of his orchestra were ambushed and shot at by an armed group, on their way home from a wedding performance. Five of the musicians were seriously injured, and the harmonium player Anwar GuI died. The attackers remain at large.

GuI was a victim of the Taliban's violent campaign against musical expression. His son Naveed, who is also a musician, fears that no-one else in his family will now think of adopting music as a career. 'My family is facing hard times these days. I don't know how to survive in this suffocating environment. We are helpless,' he says.

The past few months have seen a number of stories of music censorship come to light around the world.

There's Biilent Ersoy, a transsexual singer from Turkey, who has been charged with 'turning the public against military service' over remarks on a popular TV show criticizing Turkey's incursion into Northern Iraq and saying that if she had a son, she would not send him to war. …

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