Uzbekistan: Musicians regulated to conform to ‘national values’
Uzbekistan’s government has ordered the state agency in charge of giving licenses to performers to tighten conditions under which they are granted, citing a plethora of pop songs, videos and concerts that fail to conform to the “country’s spiritual, cultural and national values”, according to Transition Online and BBC News citing the local media Gazeta.
President Islam Karimov’s government, which has strictly regulated the lucrative entertainment industry, has also banned films and books deemed unpatriotic or harmful for young people.
A government resolution issued on 14 December 2015 said the Uzbeknavo performing rights authority needs to tighten up licensing as too music and accompanying videos fail to conform to Uzbekistan’s “age-old spiritual and cultural values and national traditions,” the BBC wrote, citing local reports.
Apart from chastising Uzbeknavo, the resolution also takes the national broadcaster, internet regulators, and the Ministry of Culture to task for allowing performances “that can have a negative impact on the moral upbringing of the younger generation,” the BBC said.
Under the new government resolution, professional singers in Uzbekistan are now obliged to provide quarterly reports on their appearances or face losing their performing licenses, reported the BBC.
It also stipulates musicians must perform for Uzbeknavo once a year, so it can determine their future work opportunities.
Photo: Tashkent’s concert hall. Artists hoping to grace the stage here will have to meet government standards.