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Veteran calypsonian condemns move by NCN to ban 2013 calypso songs – 25th Feb 2013

20110129mightyrebel-336x284Veteran calypsonian and former Monarch Geoffrey Phillips also known as the “Mighty Rebel” has condemned the move by the management of state-owned National Communication Network, NCN to ban the songs of the 2013 calypso competition.
According to Phillips, this development has wider implications for the freedom of expression in Guyana.

The Veteran calypsonian said the scripts were vetted and were approved by officials from the Culture Ministry so he’s still at a loss as to the rationale behind the ban.

Phillips, who also serves as the head of the National Calypsonian Association, said an emergency meeting has been summoned to formally respond to this development.

This newscast understands that because the songs criticized several Government officials, was the main reasons for pulling off of the 2013 calypsos from the airwaves.

Late last week NCN informed its staff via notice that “With immediate effect No 2013 Calypso must be played on air”.

These calypsos were compiled for the annual Calypso Competition that is a feature of Mashramani.

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