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Fair Trade Music Project Speaks Out for Silenced Songwriters

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Freedom of expression of one of the guiding principals of the Fair Trade Music initiative.  Meanwhile songwriters around the world continue to be persecuted for their creative expressions. 

“The silencing of these songwriters is proof that music has the power to move cultures forward. The importance of what we do is made clear by the risk these songwriters take in speaking their mind. The consequences they suffer strengthen our resolve to continue to work with other international songwriting groups to fight for the rights of creators everywhere,” said Eddie Schwartz, Songwriters Association of Canada President.

Music Tech Policy blogger, Chris Castle blogged about this issue, highlighting some recent imprisonments, along with introducing a petition to help free Viet Khang, a songwriter currently detained by the public security police without charges, has quickly become the symbol and voice of conscience of the post-war generation of Vietnamese.  Read More.