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23 octobre 2008

Uncensored Interview & Party at CMJ

Where Awareness, Video and Music Collide...

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 20, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Uncensored Interview ( is officially partnered with music pioneer Peter Gabriel's human rights organization WITNESS for an end-of-week celebration at CMJ 2008. WITNESS is dedicated to using video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Uncensored Interview, a broadband video platform for interview content of musicians and bands, is also an official partner with CMJ, and will be hosting the event with WITNESS and dedicating the evening to raising money for their cause.

The party will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 7:30 - 10:30 PM at Andrew WK, Spencer Sweeney and Larry Golden's hipster-hot dance spot Santos Party House - downstairs, on 100 Lafayette Street in New York City. The eclectic and exciting lineup includes sets by Rob da Bank, critically acclaimed Bhangra ambassador DJ Rekha, international DJ sensation Aaron LaCrate, hip hop scratch master DJ Boo and surprise guest DJs. The guest list includes CMJ artists, New York musicians, actors, industry insiders and tastemakers in the music, digital and venture communities.

During the event, WITNESS staffers will be conducting video interviews with attendees to be uploaded to WITNESS' participatory media site, The Hub (, in support of the 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 2008. Yvette Alberdingk Thim, Executive Director of WITNESS, made the following statement: "We're thrilled to be working with Uncensored Interview on this event as the common goal of our companies is to foster communication via video. CMJ presents an opportune time to bring the music community together and spread support for human rights."

As a partner of CMJ 2008, Uncensored Interview will be sitting down with an extensive lineup of acts playing the festival and will be distributing video clips from these interviews across the CMJ network. "We planned to throw a party to celebrate our partnership with CMJ this year, and were ecstatic when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with WITNESS and raise awareness towards human rights violations in the world," stated Melinda L. Lee, Co-Founder of Uncensored Interview.

About Uncensored Interview:

UNCENSORED INTERVIEW ( is a broadband video platform featuring interview content of breaking and established musicians. UI officially launched in November 2007 and has been garnering extremely enthusiastic attention from all areas of the music and digital industry, including the music blogosphere, CMJ (partners for the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival), SXSW (finalists for the 2008 SXSW Web Awards), the 2008 Webbys, leading indie labels and major music festivals and tours. Participating bands interviewed by Uncensored Interview include The Kooks, Stars, The Kills, Mudhoney, Super Furry Animals, Broken Social Scene, Dizzee Rascal, Mogwai, The Go! Team, Sons and Daughters, The New Pornographers, Secret Machines, Lykke Li, Black Kids, Juliana Hatfield, The Stills, Martha Wainwright, Xiu Xiu, The Shout Out Louds, !!!, The Teenagers, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Helio Sequence, The Whigs, The Dodos, Del the Funky Homosapien, Takka Takka, and dozens more.


WITNESS ( uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

WITNESS was founded in 1992 by musician and activist Peter Gabriel and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation as a project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). In 1988, Peter was part of Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Tour. He was struck by the stories he heard from survivors of human rights abuses and the lack of attention these stories received. Peter had brought along one of the first camcorder models and realized the potential of video as a tool against abuse; he noted that perpetrators of abuses were often brought to justice when photographic or video evidence of abuses existed. In 1992, WITNESS was born. Today, WITNESS is an independent nonprofit organization with offices in Brooklyn, New York, and human rights partners based around the world.

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