Reporters Without Borders Germany (RSF) have launched a new project which aims to tackle censorship by pairing musicians with journalists in countries with strict censorship laws.
Launched on 12 March which marked the official World Day Against Cyber Censorship, The Uncensored Playlist will take advantage of a digital loophole in certain nations’ censorship laws to deliver news.
The project will see journalists paired with local musicians in China, Egypt, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam to write songs which convey news stories that would otherwise be censored. These songs will be uploaded on streaming service sites Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music, with the names of the artists and reporters protected in their home countries.
In a recent press release about the launch of the project, RSF states that online press censorship is on the rise globally and even though press freedom is not available in the worlds most oppressed societies, global music streaming sites are.
“Five acclaimed independent journalists from five countries suffering from strict government censorship teamed up with Musical Director Lucas Mayer to turn 10 articles that had previously been censored into 10 uncensored pop songs. These songs were then uploaded onto freely available music streaming sites. Allowing these stories to be slipped back into the countries where they had once been forbidden.”
Founded by four journalists in in the southern French city Montpellier in 1985, RSF is one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defence and promotion of freedom of information. It has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).
RSF mobilizes support, challenges governments and wields influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted. It also provides information about censorship worldwide in French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and other languages.