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Islamists have tried to stop music being played in Mali over the past few years
Freedom of expression campaigners Index on Censorship and the producers of award-winning documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First are delighted to announce the launch of a new fund to support musicians facing censorship globally.
Index is joining forces with the producers of a new film featuring Mali's persecuted musicians to launch a fund that will offer support to musicians facing threats, violence, exile and criminal prosecution around the world.
Filmmaker Johanna Schwartz talks to Josie Timms about her new film, They Will Have To Kill Us First, which looks at how musicians in Mali fought back against extremists banning their profession
Fleeing North Mali after Islamist groups captured the area and imposed strict sharia law banning all secular music, four musicians who met as refugees came together to form the band Songhoy Blues.
Malian band Songhoy Blues spoke to a London audience about the challenges musicians face in their country, where music has been banned by a local armed Islamist group in the north of the country since 2012
On International Women's Day, we salute all the women around the world who stand up for freedom of expression
It is not uncommon across the world for performers to be attacked as a form of censorship, ultimately silencing what they are trying to say
As Mali's new president returns to the country amid fresh fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, Index on Censorship magazine looks at the climate for free speech in a country split by conflict --- and wonders about the future of its brave musicians
A public campaign has been launched to protect fragile manuscripts rescued from Timbuktu during the Mali crisis earlier this year. Sara Yasin reports
Soldiers in Mali stormed the state TV and radio station in central Bamako yesterday, announcing they had seized control of the country hours after attacking the presidential palace. In a video clip circulating online, spokesman for the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR), Captian Amadou Haya Sanogo, announced an immediate curfew, the