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    Default Musical Expressions in Pakistan - A Workshop in Islamabad

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    At a two day workshop held in Islamabad 12-13 November a Pakistani network was set up in support of musicians and composers at risk.
    During the past years several artists have been abducted, killed and persecuted in Pakistan. Hundreds of CD shops have been bombed, but although the situation is in general improving, there is a great need of documenting these violations and support artists at risk.

    Several Pakistani Human Rights defenders and cultural activists decided at the Freemuse hosted workshop to document persecution, set up support structures and in general promote freedom of musical expression in the country.

    Several participating organisations have further decided to join Music Freedom Day 2012 thus adding a new country to the annual global event.

    During the workshop several participants pointed out that Pakistan needs a new cultural policy and as an effect of the workshop several organisations will now address this to relevant bodies at regional and federal level.

    As a result of the workshop Freemuse will further improve its monitoring and documentation system in the country.

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    Default BKTEF organizes Workshop on Freedom of Musical Expression and Censorship Policies

    BKTEF organizes Workshop on Freedom of Musical Expression and Censorship Policies in Pakistan

    The Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation in collaboration with Freemuse organized a two days workshop on Freedom of Musical Expression and Censorship Policies in Pakistan in Islamabad on 12th and 13th November 2011. The main theme of the workshop was to promote Freedom of Expression for artists in Pakistan and to improve the security and safety of musicians and other artists in the region.

    The workshop was chain of the activities of the Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation for promoting peace, education and culture of dialogue. Representatives from leading educational, folk, arts, cultural, human rights and media organizations of Pakistan attended the workshop including BKTEF, Khyberwatch, Culture Journalists Forum CJF, Mehergarh, Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy & Art, Folklore Society of Pakistan, Suvastu Arts and Cultural Association, Mubashir Bhutta Human Rights (Trust), Pakistan Press Foundation, Rural Media Network Pakistan, Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Art, Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Centre for Public Policy Research IM sciences Peshawar, IBT- Institute for Education and Development Swat, National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage (LOKVIRSA), PEMRA Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority , Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture, Performing artists, musicians and activists.

    The Managing Director BKTEF Dr. Khadim Hussain briefed about taboos, state Censorship, self- Censorship and threats to music related persons. He stated that BKTEF is already engaged in promoting peace through education and cultural activities like “Youth Participation in Positive Social Change” and “Promotion & Preservation of indigenous Arts, Culture and Heritage of Pakhtunkhwa”. The BKTEF has developed Culture Curriculum which includes Music and now onward the BKTEF will further improve its monitoring and documentation system to work on documenting persecution, set up support structures to promote freedom of musical expression in the country.

    Dr. Fouzia Saeed briefed about Regional differences, gender perspectives, and cultural, social, and religious restrictions.

    Jamal Shah a prominent artist and singer stated that he got so much motivation from the workshop that he is going to restart Music Classes in Hunerkada, the College of Visual & Performing Arts.

    The workshop ended with the determination to:

    Document violations of freedom of expression for musicians.
    Organize campaigns for musicians’ persecution.
    Publish reports on music censorship.
    Inform media, human rights organizations and political bodies about violations.
    Create regional support networks for musicians.
    Initiate and develop future collaborations regarding alert actions for musicians at risk.
    Improve the personal safety and security of music creators who exercise their rights to free expression.
    Help maintain cultural plurality where repression and forces of cultural homogenisation are strong.
    Preserve dissident voices whose presence is crucial for democratic society.

    BKTEF Website
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