• USA: Literary censorship debate over two books
  • Gambia: Rapper forced to flee after song criticising president goes viral
  • Tunisia: No investigation into attack on a local rapper
  • India: Film makers threatened to remove song from film
  • USA: 14 ‘undone’ books on growing ‘Forbidden Bookshelf’
  • Turkey: Court reverses Governor’s ban on concert in Istanbul
  • Turkey: Opposing views perceived as insult
  • USA: Schools curtail student’s artistic freedom – NCAC
  • Morocco: Director and actress summoned to court
  • Morocco: Police blocks concert with rapper El Haqed
  • Canada: Row over ‘institutional censorship’ of arts instructor
  • Iran: Cartoonist convicted several years in prison for her art
  • Iran: Call for the release of imprisoned writer and film producer
  • Indonesia: Punk music and Shari’a law
  • Cuba: Artist Tania Bruguera arrested again in Havana
  • Zambia: Singer Pilato detained and prosecuted for song about president
  • Turkey: Artists under pressure – a year of trials and penalties
  • Statement: Artsfreedom organisations deliver checklist for United Nations
  • Deeyah Khan: Build a sustainable alternative to the contorted worldview of extremists
  • Morocco: Rapper speaks out after release from prison
  • Egypt: Three-day conference on theatre and censorship
  • Ecuador: Dance performance cancelled under pressure from Chinese embassy
  • USA: Anti-censorship theatre even censored
  • Malaysia: Film banned for glorifying communism

Artsfreedom gives you INSIGHT: Sweden and Russia

Published May 13, 2015

ART UNDER THREAT FROM SWEDISH NEO-NAZIS AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTHORITARIANISM Several Swedish artists live under constant threat from Neo-Nazi and extreme rightwing groups. In Russia the ultra-conservative agenda of patriotism, orthodoxy and authoritarianism that Putin brought with him on his return to the presidency in May 2012 has drastically shifted state cultural policy and oppositional […]


Violations on artistic freedom of expression in 2014

Published February 18, 2015

Freemuse annual statistics on violations of artistic freedom of expression 2014 shows that artists all over the world increasingly are facing attacks on their rights to freedom of expression. In 2014 Freemuse registered a total number of 237 attacks and violations against artistic freedom. The violations range from killings and abductions to attacks, threats, prosecutions, […]


Freedom of artistic expression in Europe… Which Europe?

Published October 3, 2014

Artsfreedom Newsletter no. 5 As the new Commissioners of the European Union are soon entering their offices and appointing key staff members, we are reminded that Europe is not a clearly defined entity. In fact there are several different “Europes” in which, depending on which one we talk about, the conditions for artistic freedom of […]


Egypt should abolish censorship of the arts

Published May 10, 2014

AFTE and Freemuse publish an extensive study on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The 84-page report ‘Censors of Creativity’ reveals that the Egyptian government needs to reform the current legislative and institutional apparatus of censorship. “Several conservative restrictions imposed on artistic creativity contravene human rights standards and basic liberties,” says Ahmed Ezzat, the Egyptian […]




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