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One thing that unites censors from the U.S. with their counterparts in nations
across the world is their sincere interest in morality. They are the guardians of
morals, and want to protect the youth from immoral behavior. Much as Chinese
or Afghan censors want to protect their young generations from being influenced
by "bad" behavior in American or Western films or music, (such as dancing,
drinking and immoral dressing), the American censors want to "protect" their
youth generation from the very same "immoralities."
This report does not give the full picture of censorship in today's America. Many
cases of censorship experienced by young unknown artists including Afro-
Americans, Latinos, Chicanos, Asian-Americans or other minority groups have
never been covered by the media and thus have not been a source of information
for this report.
Freemuse monitors and provides a platform for discussion on censorship and its
effects we do not condemn but describe and leave it to the reader to judge. We
advocate the freedom of expression for singers and composers worldwide and
fight for their right to express themselves in accordance with the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
Previous reports have described serious censorship situations in Afghanistan,
Nigeria, Romania and Zimbabwe, where music has been, and to a certain extent
still is, banned by governments or religious powers.
I would like to express my gratitude to Meredith Holmgren and Rikke Nagell for
critical reading and thorough proof-reading of this report. Likewise many thanks
to Martin Cloonan and Reebee Garofalo for examination of this report.
Marie Korpe
Executive Director of Freemuse
Copenhagen, December 2005
About the Author
is a journalist and author who for many years has followed the cen-
sorship of music in the USA and has given numerous lectures on this topic at
many high schools and universities in the US. In 200
1 his book "Parental Advisory",
was published in the USA.