THE UNCENSORED PLAYLIST

Short List
ClientREPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Category B03. Branded Content / Programming
TitleTHE UNCENSORED PLAYLIST
Product/ServiceSONGS WITH CENSORED ARTICLES
Entrant DDB BERLIN, GERMANY
Idea Creation DDB BERLIN, GERMANY
Media Placement DDB BERLIN, GERMANY
PR FINCHFACTOR Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Production DAHOUSE AUDIO São Paulo, BRAZIL
Production 2 LE TOUR DU MONDE São Paulo, BRAZIL
Production 3 MEDIAMONKS Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Credits
Name Company Position
Dennis May DDB Group Germany Chief Creative Officer
Gabriel Mattar DDB Group Germany Executive Creative Director
Ricardo Wolff DDB Group Germany Creative Director
Jack Christensen DDB Group Germany Senior Copywriter
Patrik Lenhart DDB Group Germany Senior Copywriter
Felipe Cury DDB Group Germany Senior Art Director
Marco Lemcke DDB Group Germany Senior Art Director
Lis Ferreira DDB Group Germany Junior Art Director
Evandro Scudeler DDB Group Germany Junior Art Director
Bianca Dordea DDB Group Germany Chief Executive DDB Berlin
Sarah Bensel DDB Group Germany Account Director
Lucas Mayer DaHouse Audio Music Director
Cassiano Derenji DaHouse Audio Account Manager
Iris Fuzaro Le Tour Du Monde Film Director
Sascha Gerlach Sascha Gerlach Editor
Lisa van Boekhout finchfactor PR

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On World Day Against Cyber Censorship, The Uncensored Playlist launched 20 pop-songs created from 10 previously censored articles, by 5 acclaimed journalists. Each song was recorded in both English as well as the native language of the original articles and uploaded onto global music streaming sites, that are freely available everywhere, even in the repressed societies where the articles had once been forbidden. It was launched along with the campaign website www.uncensoredplaylist.com: Here people could explore the background of each journalist, the articles, as well as their transformation into music artists, including: album covers, artist biographies and music videos shot in the different countries. The world’s first playlist that evades censorship firewalls in countries like China, Vietnam or Uzbekistan could be listened to on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music and was shared using the campaign hashtag #truthfindsaway.

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The Uncensored Playlist Lyrics (Censored articles turned into songs) UZBEKISTAN Galima Bukharbaeva Dear Shavkat Mirziyoyev Hello dear Mr. President I am from the same party as you I've been trying to make a living Somehow, I manage to pay my dues Still I have to withstand oppression Still I have to give something to your men Or they'll squeeze me with the State’s hands While the voices inside resent Now, I won't pay you I won't pay you more That's all I have for now I won't pay you I won't pay you more That's all I have for now Now I've heard there's no need for justice Once you know that the law is yours How I wish I could stand here freely And not be bullied by your bribing force No more… No more… That's all I ask for now But no dictatorship stands on its own No oppression serves itself It's not written, but clear as daylight We all serve under a broader will (x2) Now we won't pay you We won’t pay you more That's all we have for now UZBEKISTAN Galima Bukharbaeva A businessman died in police custody All my life I held my head up high Sorry, mister, today I’ve tried But two hearts stopped in that empty night Try and wash your hands with my lullaby Lock me up and shoot me instead That’s the order I’d rather get The fear remains, have I paid the price of staring down corrupted eyes? Tell me how to stay on my feet Am I searching for something I’ll never meet? Tired, tired of the rules of men Unlock the chains, let the time wheels spin Show me please that a heart still beats Behind all this power and greed Murodillo Omonov died in the early hours After being detained by the police of Djarkurgan district His mother claims murder under torture Still we fight for a different time Waiting, waiting Open up to a different mind Let our children win Who will ever step in and stand With us, maybe Is it you with the guts to try Mr. President? (x2) The fear remains and we pay the price Tarring down corrupted eyes Show me please that a heart still beats Behind all this power and greed Still we fight for a different time Waiting, waiting Open up to a different mind Let our children win Who will ever step in and stand With us, maybe Is it you with the guts to try Mr. President? (x2) Vietnam: Bui Than Hien When did Do Dang die? Then she saw him laying down With his head to the left What a terrible thing To see a son like that He was only seventeen He got caught stealing cash Was arrested by the police He didn’t have a chance What did Do Dang do? What was done to Du? Was it all a lie? When did Do Dang die? Even though the laws are strict He’d been arrested illegally He left the jail for a hospital After being beaten brutally What had happened to that kid? The evidence are still airy The records are being kept By the police and military What did Do Dang do? What was done to Du? Was it all a lie? When did Do Dang die? What happened inside that jail? Has something been left unsaid? Why did it take so long To tell the mother he was dead? They don’t seem likely To tell us what we’re waiting for Was it October 10th, Or October 4th? What did Do Dang do? What was done to Du? Was it all a lie? When did Do Dang die? (x2) Vietnam: Bui Than Hien Introducing Chaos Nhan Dan honored Nguyen Phu Trong’s anti-corruption campaign But inspectors of the central committee have not confirmed There were only mistakes made in a business operation He thinks he is in control of an oblivious nation Trong used an anti-corruption shirt in Thanh's trial Even though the focus of the investigation was poor management So, what's up with that fake T-shirt When nothing’s been proved People walking to their demise Feeling wrong and confused Government leads the press Trong has nothing to lose Covering Formosa's trial Forcing Trinh Xuan Thanh to move Sargent, Lieutenant, General Le Why Vuong dared to make a statement The investigation must be objective on the basis of innocent speculation The principle is to be open, transparent and serious and this Investigation must obey the law, only then we can find peace We can find peace So, what's up with that fake T-shirt When nothing’s been proved People walking to their demise Feeling wrong and confused Government leads the press Trong has nothing to lose Covering Formosa's trial Forcing Trinh Xuan Thanh to move Vietnam feels like a joke, but it's more like a comedy drama It just needs one glimpse of fire from somewhere and the regime will die So, what's up with that fake T-shirt When nothing’s been proved Showing up the Formosa's trial Takes the spotlight from you Egypt: Basma Abd-Elaziz Hunger Games Fortified castles, A fancy and good life, Nothing is missing Where the gentlemen live their lives Here they sleep With their power and pride, Buildings of gold And govern the poor outside They keep people busy Playing a strange sport for these days Like in the medieval times, When animals fought slaves People wrestle each other Their skin getting thinner But games won’t end Until there is a single winner These are the games of hunger The government proclaims People struggling in anger These are the hunger games Lakes are so blue The vast lawns on spring It’s so beautiful to see Our capital on tv But reality is not like it Times are menacing We want children to get Good treatment and medicine People can’t fight forever Below poverty lines On this game between us The gentlemen rely No more buildings When our lives stay the same The hope is in making a new future with no games. These are the games of hunger The government proclaims People struggling in anger These are the hunger games Egypt: Basma Abd-Elaziz Modern Ovens History is repeated from time to time Just like Hitler was driven by a mad desire There’s a determination to remove every voice These are the seasons of evil…Seasons of evil from time to time They have ways, methods, all reasons why Many regimes have tried and tried To remove their people till they are wiped out These are the seasons of evil…Seasons of evil from time to time In a common sense Whatever the fight Whoever has a heart can only cry No one ask questions and I’m not surprised Why the prisons of the state kept them to die? A brotherhood in charge, they will hurt and kill These are the seasons of evil…Seasons of evil from time to time In a common sense Whatever the fight Whoever has a heart can only cry In a common sense Whatever the fight Whoever has a heart can only cry Seasons of evil…Seasons of evil from time to time China: Chang Ping Freedom Cage Across that yellow sun A place I used to call home So, few will try to overcome When the cage begins to crush us all Freedom is dying Fading as times change the way we think We live in denial Can’t see clear When we don't belong And some see it is big enough to live in Hide in here and stay Regret those words and pay You just can't pray it away When the cage begins to crush us all Freedom is dying The mystery is bigger than we know We live in denial In rooms of dirt We look at monitors So, the work is left undone My name is Chang Ping. Seven years ago, I had been fired for critical writing in Mainland China. And then the government of Hong Kong denied me permission to work there. Now my family and I now live in exile. Freedom is dying Fading as times change the way we think We live in denial Can’t see clear When we don't belong Freedom is dying The mystery is bigger than we know We live in denial In rooms of dirt We look at monitors So, the work is left undone This way of life is not fair We are stuck in this freedom cage. In China I have tried a recent trip to raise the freedom of speech China: Chang Ping Speech Is Freedom Itself Well, I’m honored. But I can’t say that I’m happy They say foreign awards are sugar-coated poison Which should be firmly rejected They say it’s all part of a plot But time goes by, and it’s not, it’s not Freedom, peace, human rights, democracy, civil society Constitutionalism, independence, these things that take your breath away Are frightening words that back in my place have sent people to their death They say it’s all part of a plot But time goes by, and it’s not, it’s not Speech is freedom itself Don’t let it be an old book on your shelf In China political prisoners are made criminals for their speeches Convicted of various trumped up crimes, like in a dictatorship They say the world is forming a plot But time goes by, and it’s not I’ve been fighting for speaking out, that’s why I’m here, that’s for sure Without freedom of speech, nothing will be left in the civilized world They say the world is forming a plot But time goes by, and it’s not Speech is freedom itself Don’t let it be an old book on your shelf We can’t return to China. Where people can’t say what they wanna say I don’t get to see my mother Or my relatives or talk to my father Speech is freedom itself Don’t let it be an old book on your shelf x2 Democracy… the movement and the woman rights campaign, it’s just two sides of one coin. I don’t know if there is right future for the human being, but do I believe we could get more freedom by fighting against the diplomation. THAILAND: Prachatai UNDERGROUND RADIO Exiles forced to leave their lives It's just one price they have to pay Some need to keep them quiet But times have shown new ways to speak Internet’s proving to break the distance Let’s people say what they want to say Sadly it can't be done in their home, Thailand What does it really mean to be free? Article one hundred and twelve Makes many of us enemies All it takes is discussing Other forms of society Not everyone wants the exact same things But there's convergence and they all agree To a Republic where opposing forces and thoughts Take us closer to democracy Even you will hear me, King Hmmm Let's be honest, let's be honest This is not stability On the underground radio You cannot silence me All forces of suppression That make so many people flee When things you say condemn you No longer your allowed to be Some in Europe, most of them in Asia All abroad, but still not safe and free Pages attacked on a daily basis Government now reaches internationally “Department of Police on the left side of Laos requested that they cease broadcasting via YouTube. If they do not comply, they will be deported for prosecution in Thailand. In addition, there has been intermittent news that a special forces unit has crossed the Mekhong River. Fai Yen was warned to be on alert to move houses at all times.” What does it really mean to be free? Even you will hear me, King Hmmm Let's be honest, let's be honest This is not stability On the underground radio You cannot silence me On the underground radio You cannot silence me On the underground radio You cannot silence me THAILAND: Prachatai Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform Watch out for books that you translate Or you might land in jail Be careful with plays in which you’re acting It's 2 years and 6 months in hell Don't step on a printing of royalty Don't you dare to rip it apart Don't go defaming our monarchy You better keep in your thoughts Life ain't safe if you're not majesty Plenty of things you can't do So don't let the king and his army Disagree with you (x2) Don't go printing out articles, Distributing leaflets, uploading any files, Sending out SMS that incriminate you, Even conversations in cabs, writings on bathrooms, selling CDs Even gestures can get you Stand up during the anthem Cause it doesn't take much to be caught under lèse majeste laws Sometimes not even the truth Life ain't safe if you're not majesty Plenty of things you can't do So don't let the king and his army Disagree with you (x2) But you can hold on to your hope This can't last forever If we just fight on for our voice One day it'll get better Life ain't safe if you're not majesty Plenty of things you can't do So don't let the king and his army Disagree with you (x2)