Laos local govt office in Luang Prabang warns songwriter over offensive lyrics

  • Laos
  • Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

VIENTIANE, Jan 20 (Xinhua): The Luang Prabang provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department has issued a formal warning to a songwriter whose lyrics included references to sex in violation of the Law on Performing Arts.

Phimmasone Philachan, 31-year-old songwriter from northern Laos' Luang Prabang province, subsequently apologised for the offensive nature of his lyrics, the Vientiane Times reported on Thursday

He promised to delete his songs from all social media platforms within 24 hours, the report said.

His songs had not been licensed or undergone censorship, as is required before the public circulation of any type of performance art, and had been posted on social media without authorization.

Some members of the public complained about the content of the songs.

The Law on Performing Arts requires all performers to be registered with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while all songs must be approved by the ministry before being put into the public domain.

The law forbids performances and the publishing of songs with content that contains references to sex, violence, drugs or superstitious beliefs.

Departments of Information, Culture and Tourism in every province are now required to assess the content of songs that are unlicensed and have not been censored by the ministry but have been posted on social media. - Xinhua

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