Linus Thalmann throws out Swiss singer Sina after she critcized SVP

Sina is a talented singer from Wallis in Switzerland.

After criticizing the national-conservative SVP party in an interview, she was censored from the small OpenAir festival Tufertschwil. Four of the organizers of the festival are also active in the rightwing SVP party.

The chief of the festival, Linus Thalmann, is an active SVP politician. He could also organize a concert for the punkband “Toten Hosen”, who at first weren’t aware of his political background. After it was found out, it led to a controversy in Switzerland.

Sina criticized the rightwing SVP and is now not welcome at SVP-festival.

From Sina’s homepage:
Nach einem Promoversand kam vom OpenAir Tufertschwil die Anfrage, ob Sina am 21.8.05 frei wäre für das Festival. Danach erschien das indiskrete Interview in der Schweizer Illustrierten. Am 25.02. kam dann nachstehende E-Mail von Herrn Linus Thalmann (OK-Chef):
«Das Programm vom OpenAir Tufertschwil ist komplett. Wir müssen Dir an dieser Stelle mitteilen, dass wir SINA nicht ins Programm aufnehmen konnten.
Im OK vom OpenAir Tufertschwil sitzen vier sehr aktive Mitglieder der SVP. Bei diesen Leuten kam die Äusserung von Sina bezüglich Herr Mörgeli in der Schweizer Illustrierten sehr negativ an und dies hat sich bei der Abstimmung nun negativ für einen Auftritt von Sina am OpenAir Tufertschwil ausgewirkt. Freundliche Grüsse, Linus Thalmann»

Linus also organizes the Sonisphere festival, a heavy metal festival (which had big name acts like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer). The Sonisphere Heavy-Metal-Festival is organized by Outfield Productions. Linus Thalmann (founder of LT Live Tour Music GmbH, Zusammenschluss 2007 mit OpenAir Tufertschwil -> Mountain Event GmbH) owns a third. The main shareholder of Sonisphere is Free & Virgin.

http://www.20min.ch/life/musik/story/21811576
http://www.fcbforum.ch/forum/showthread.php?t=2766&page=2

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