SMH: Experts criticise NSW police efforts to ‘censor’ Australian rappers

Music industry figures and legal experts have criticised a proposal floated by NSW Police that would effectively censor certain forms of hip-hop music in Australia.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Monday, NSW Police acting assistant commissioner Jason Weinstein suggested police would contact streaming platforms and ask them to remove music police believe incites violence or criminal activity.

NSW Council of Civil Liberties president Josh Pallas said police in the UK have been “quite effective” in employing take-down requests aimed at drill rappers, and such a move “has the capacity to be absolutely shocking”.

While he questioned what legal authority NSW Police would have to direct or even engage with social media companies on this issue, Pallas said, “if it were to happen it would have a clear chilling effect on cultural and creative expression”.

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