• South Africa: Art destroyed and censored at University of Cape Town
  • Freemuse focuses on female artists at Roskilde 2017
  • Lebanon: TV station takes religious film off air after online protest
  • Mali: Rapper receives death threats for political song and campaign
  • Pakistan: Music once again in the crosshairs
  • Russia: Librarian found guilty for holding “extremist literature”
  • Censorship in Nigeria: Musical free expression in the shadow of Fela
  • Jordan: Lebanese rock band’s concert cancelled for second consecutive year
  • USA: Sculpture removed after protest
  • Georgia: Rappers arrested for alleged drug possession
  • Australia: Two radio DJs fired for playing offensive song
  • China: Performance artist sentenced to four years in prison
  • South Korea: K-pop stars receive death threats
  • Three Arab actresses receive death threats from ISIS over TV series
  • Israel: Director and actresses receive death threats over feminist film
  • India: Film cleared for release by appellate board
  • China: Banned Hong Kong film scrubbed from award coverage
  • Malaysia: Art group withdraws from show after artwork was removed
  • Lithuania: Cinemas refuse to screen Russian film over propaganda
  • South Korea: Public broadcaster deems songs from pop star’s new album unfit
  • Uganda: Dutch film banned for ‘glorifying homosexuality’
  • Cambodia: Actress banned from filming due to revealing photos
  • USA: Christian retailer pulls rap album from shelves over offensive word
  • India: Comic receives death threats over stand-up video

Latest INSIGHT articles

Published July 10, 2017

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 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. […]


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 […]


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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