• China: PEN International calls for release of imprisoned Tibetan writer
  • Israel: Gallery served eviction notice hours prior to event
  • Ukraine: Art exhibition suffered multiple threats and attacks
  • Belarus: Ukrainian writer apprehended and banned from entry
  • Tunisia: Imams call for removal of play poster
  • Mexico: Narcocorrido musician killed for singing to the wrong cartel
  • Cuba: Exhibition bans photo of official tabloid being used as toilet paper
  • Jordan: Film allegedly banned after special screening
  • India: Two female singers threatened by radicals and clerics
  • Bangladesh: Government bans film, no reason given
  • Pakistan: Police ban music at weddings in village
  • Iran: Ten films banned from international film festival
  • China: Gallery cancels event due to government pressure over Tibetan artist
  • Kuwait/Lebanon/UAE: Countries ban Egyptian film over religious concerns
  • Freemuse addresses women’s issues at UNESCO
  • Lebanon: Religious believer blacked out of film
  • Freemuse delivers recommendations at UN Human Rights Council session
  • Turkey: Artist sentenced to two years and ten months in prison
  • Iran: Musician and filmmaker attacked and threatened in prison
  • Spain: Censorship under Franco still looms over the arts
  • Israel: Gazan singer on conditional release by Hamas authorities
  • Saudi Arabia: Music video and government initiatives split society
  • Pakistan: Singer interrupts show to rescue woman from harassment
  • Podcast: Spotlight on Saudi female artists

Art Under Threat: Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2016

Published February 7, 2017

(* click on the images to enlarge) Freemuse registered 1,028 attacks on artists and violations of their rights in 2016 across 78 countries, continuing a worrying trend of artistic freedom increasingly coming under threat. The number of cases registered in 2016 more than doubled the amount in 2015, increasing by 119%, rising from 469 attacks. […]

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Latest INSIGHT articles

Published December 2, 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. » […]

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Freemuse report on the effects of terror on arts and culture

Published October 26, 2016

Terrorism has affected and damaged cultural industries and artistic freedom on several continents over the past 20 years. However, few studies have described the short- as well as long-term effects of this terror on arts and culture. Freemuse has submitted a 12-page report, “Challenges and effects of terror on arts and culture” to United Nations Office of […]

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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 […]

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