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Sudan/Algeria: authorities ban novels at book fairs

9 December 2015

Algeria: Authorities bans 100 books at international book fair 2015 The Algerian Censorship Authority was assigned to review books participating in the Algerian International Book Fair 2015 (29 October to 7 November 2015) and banned more than 100 books. The Censorship Authority stated that the books promote ideas which are …

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Sudan: Two singers receive fine and singing ban

5 January 2015

In November 2014, the Sudanese authorities banned the two singers of Hamadat group, Hamada al Rahima and Hamada Bahry, from singing until they had been approved by authorities, and until they promise to stop singing what the authorities describe as ‘ribald’ songs – indecent songs that refer to sexual indications …

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Sudan: Reported death sentence against poet

15 May 2012

Sudanese poet Abdelmoniem Rahma was reportedly tried in a military court in November and there have been alarming reports that he has since been sentenced to death. It is unclear, however, on what charges he has been convicted. He has been denied access to a lawyer and his family do not …

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Sudan: Abazar Hamid

14 June 2011

    Musician Abazar Hamid comments on his situation in exile in Cairo, Egypt, and what it has meant for him to receive assistance from Freemuse.   This interview with the exiled Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. …

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Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten

20 April 2011

  In February, a young Sudanese hip-hop artist, Ahmad, who asked to be identified only by his first name for security reasons, was detained for 12 days that included beatings by police, reported Alan Boswell for the American McClatchy Newspapers He was arrested for taking part in a demonstration, and …

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Sudan: Censored singer tries to reform Janjaweed ‘hate singers’

24 June 2008

’While struggling with censorship in Khartoum, the Sudanese singer-songwriter Abazar Hamid hopes to bring peace to Sudan with his music. He travels to rural areas of the country where he tries to reform the traditional Arab ‘hate singers’ known as the Janjaweed women. Abazar Hamid told his story to Stephanie …

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Sudan: Can’t dance / won’t dance?

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Peter Verney from Sudan Update, held at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 In the 1980s, I used to take a mobile disco around the shanty areas of Khartoum – until 1989, when the security police of the National Islamic Front (NIF) came and took it …

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