• Denmark/USA: Artists censored in public spaces
  • India: Film censorship continues unabated
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: US rapper arrested, fined for profane lyrics
  • Thailand: Four flicks banned from film festival
  • Pakistan: Controversial Indian film suffers 100 cuts before release
  • China/Tibet: Film director detained, hospitalised
  • Somalia: Security forces arrest musician
  • Saudi Arabia: Emir bans playing and carrying of musical instruments in region
  • Ukraine: Belarusian singer denied entry due to Crimea concert
  • Malta: Rock band dropped from festival over frontman’s Facebook posts
  • Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats
  • Central African Republic: Rapper beaten by army general
  • China: American singer banned due to Dalai Lama meeting
  • Egypt: Satirist troupe’s detention renewed, amounting to 75 days
  • Nigeria: Musician kidnapped, found, later detained allegedly due to song
  • Chile/USA: Former military officer convicted for murdering singer Victor Jara
  • UN: “Artistic expression is not a crime” – Special Rapporteurs urge the Iranian government to free jailed artists
  • Pakistan: Famed Sufi singer killed in drive-by shooting
  • Myanmar/Burma: Censors pull film from human rights festival
  • Nigeria: Singer’s songs banned by DJ association after on-stage slap
  • USA: Gun removed from art piece in university museum
  • Russia: Ministry censors theatre company’s festival performances
  • USA: Threats to cut museum funding over “blasphemous” paintings
  • South Sudan: Minister bans foreign music on radio station

Iran: Two musicians and a filmmaker imprisoned

Published June 7, 2016

According to Freemuse sources musicians Mehdi Rajabian, Yousef Emadi and 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 three artists and freeing Mehdi, Hossein and Yousef by taking action and sharing the video below and using […]


New INSIGHT articles from India and Turkey

Published June 1, 2016

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. Our series  INSIGHT  provides you with articles and features that dig a little deeper. The series is edited by Marie Korpe, co-founder and former executive director of Freemuse. » […]


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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