• Egypt: Two libraries shut down, one threatened with closure
  • Cuba: Artist El Sexto violently arrested over Castro-related graffiti
  • Iran: Imprisoned musician’s health deteriorating
  • Iran: Art gallery owning couple held in detention since July without charge
  • Turkey: All seven members of Grup Yorum arrested
  • Malaysia: Cartoonist arrested after exhibition attack
  • Mexico: Congress proposes restrictions on “narcoseries”
  • Iran: Imprisoned musician granted four-day medical leave
  • Egypt: Writer remains imprisoned after court rejects third appeal
  • Kenya: Film board bans “obscene” music and “offensive” musician names
  • Iran: Filmmaker begins serving prison sentence
  • United Nations member states urge Iran to improve human rights
  • China: Art film censored by cultural bureau
  • Norway/Russia: Musician cuts song from concert due to Russian pressure
  • Deeyah Khan to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
  • Ghana: New film law establishes strong National Film Authority oversight group
  • China: New film law to “promote socialist core values”
  • Pakistan: Two suspects arrested over musician’s murder
  • Iran: Artist awaits appeal of five-year prison sentence
  • Germany: Foreign ministry cancels controversial concert at consulate in Istanbul
  • Angola: Rappers’ concerts cancelled, one shut down by police
  • Spain: Theatre organisers cancel show under interest group pressure
  • Saudi Arabia: Ministry confiscates thousands of books from library cafe
  • Freemuse calls for charges dropped against Tanzanian musicians ahead of trial

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Published October 17, 2016

Morocco should replace unclear and vague provisions in the Penal Code and decriminalize the so-called “red line” offenses, according to a new joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process by Freemuse and Racines – two civil society organizations defending artistic freedom in Morocco and globally. COPENHAGEN/CASABLANCA, 17 OCTOBER 2016 | Morocco often […]


Iran: Musician and filmmaker imprisoned

Published June 7, 2016

According to Freemuse sources, musician Mehdi Rajabian and his brother, filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, were imprisoned for their art on 5 June 2016. They have been convicted to three years imprisonment. Please help us in getting the charges dropped against the two artists and freeing Mehdi and Hossein by taking action and sharing the video below and using the […]


Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

Published May 18, 2016

Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]


INSIGHT publication: Targeting the Arts

Published May 18, 2016

» Read on issuu.com Targeting the Arts Documenting incidents of censorship has never been enough. From the very beginning Freemuse has attempted to put censorship of music and arts into a larger context. In 2015 we introduced INSIGHT – a series of articles providing readers with analytical stories on censorship of the arts and in-depth interviews […]




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