A court order has been issued banning drill group 1011 from making music without police permission.
On 7 June, The Independent reported that five UK artists from the group 1011 could be banned from making drill music. Today (18 June), an unprecedented court order has been put in place restricting the drill group from creating music without first obtaining police permission.
According to The Guardian, the court order stipulates that members of the group must notify police within 24 hours of releasing new videos and give 48 hours warning of the date and location of any performance or recording. The court order also states police officers must attend the filming of music videos. Additionally the group have been banned from mentioning death or injury, and from mentioning named postcodes in a gang context.
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of campaign group Index on Censorship condemns the court order. “Banning a kind of music is not the way to handle ideas or opinions that are distasteful or disturbing.”
“This isn’t going to address the issues that lead to the creation of this kind of music, nor should we be creating a precedent in which certain forms of art which include violent images or ideas are banned.”
She continues, “We need to tackle actual violence, not ideas and opinions.”
In May, YouTube took down over 30 music videos following a request from the Met police. In recent news, Met police and detectives have requested to target and trace artists from online videos. If the new laws are passed, members are to be targeted “like terror suspects”.