“For the Lady” Banned in Burma (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
October 15th, 2004
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TWO-CD SET FEATURING U2, R.E.M., PAUL McCARTNEY, ERIC CLAPTON, STING, PETER GABRIEL AND OTHERS BANNED BY BURMA’­S MILITARY REGIME AFTER ARTISTS UNITE TO FREE THE WORLD’­S ONLY IMPRISONED NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT, AUNG SAN SUU KYI.

The Burma Military junta has banned For the Lady. The border guards of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) have been ordered by its military intelligence to carry out thorough searches on people coming into Burma and confiscate For The Lady, a benefit album with the world’s leading artists dedicated to freeing Aung San Suu Kyi and the courageous people of Burma.

The album will feature 27 tracks and will be released on October 26 on Rhino Records. Proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the non-profit U.S. Campaign For Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi continues to remain under house arrest despite the fact that her party, National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide in the 1990 election as the military junta has been refusing to hand over power to her party. She was recently voted as one of Asia’s Heroes in a 2004 TIME magazine online poll.

Like the leaders of many oppressive regimes, Burma’s military regime is fearful of the power of rock and roll, and singing a freedom song usually results in a minimum seven-year prison sentence. The founder of U.S. Campaign for Burma, Jeremy Woodrum issued this statement: “According to a radio station that beams news inside Burma, we just learned that For the Lady was banned by the ruling dictators. The fact that Burma’s dictators are threatened by songs from Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Sting, and others shows how weak they truly are. Just as rock ‘n roll helped tear down the Iron Curtain, it can help bring freedom to Burma.”

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