• Libya: Authorities confiscate truckload of books
  • Israel: Palestinian writer arrested and detained
  • United Kingdom: Paintings stolen and vandalised; death threats received
  • Turkey: Two mayors ban Kurdish director’s film
  • Artsfreedom newsletter: We remember Shaima Rezayee
  • Argentina: City mayor suspends all electronic music festivals
  • China: U.S. rock band forced to cut songs from setlists
  • India/Pakistan: Films continue to fall victim to threats and censorship
  • China: Imprisoned Tibetan singer released after completing sentence
  • Mali: Music festival cancelled due to attacks
  • Azerbaijan: Rapper’s family detained over music video
  • UN report: Impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the enjoyment of cultural rights
  • Iran: Band banned from festival due to women singing solo
  • Iran: Writer re-arrested after temporary release from prison
  • Censorship continues on online platforms
  • Pakistan: Scores killed during devotional activities at Sufi shrine
  • Ukraine: Banning of films continues
  • Joint statement regarding the impact of the U.S. immigration ban on artistic freedom
  • USA: Artists arrested, banned, receive death threats related to Trump actions
  • Peru: Exhibition cut short due to controversial LGBT artworks
  • Afghanistan: Zohra receives Freemuse Award: “This can inspire young women”
  • Zohra – The Afghan Women’s Orchestra – is winner of Freemuse Award 2017
  • Venezuela: Judge issues nationwide ban on film about boxer
  • China: Ministry of Culture allegedly blacklists 55 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. […]


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. » […]


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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