Music Streaming Helps Censored Journalists Spread Their Words
A playlist from Reporters Without Borders Germany disguises the work of censored journalists as songs to subvert regimes that silence the news
This month, Reporters Without Borders Germany launched a daring campaign that discreetly distributes messages from silenced reporters worldwide by disguising them as songs. The tracks were made available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, identified only by the hashtag #truthfindsaway.
Featured in the campaign are exiled Chinese journalist Chang Ping, Egyptian journalist Basma Abdel Aziz, members of the Thai network for free journalism Prachatai, Uzbekistan’s Galima Bukharbaeva and Vietnamese blogger Ngưoi Buon Gio (The Wind Merchant). Ten articles from these brave journalists were set to music by Lucas Mayer. The songs are available in five countries, featuring discreet album covers and innocent titles.
Here is the campaign trailer for Thailand, a country notoriously tough on critics of its monarchy and government: