• China: Ministry of Culture allegedly blacklists 55 artists
  • Zambia: Hounded singer remains defiant
  • Turkey: Detained artist released, awaiting trial
  • Burundi: Music censorship or artist protection?
  • Israel: Police temporarily shut down Palestinian theatre
  • Iran: Writer temporarily released on bail
  • Iran: Two artists arrested, released on bail
  • Cuba: Festival bans film portraying Castro’s ill treatment of homosexuals
  • Turkey: Two sculptures removed after protests
  • Turkey: Novelist released on probation after 132 days of detention
  • Israel: Art featuring ministers stirs controversy
  • Switzerland: Zurich cuts theatre’s funds in light of controversial play
  • India: Art exhibition vandalised, artist attacked
  • UAE: Film festival cancels screening of Egyptian animated short
  • Spain: Exhibition organisers censor artworks by former terrorist prisoners
  • Egypt: Writer’s prison sentence suspended pending final verdict
  • Sweden: Outdoor sculpture partly burned down
  • Turkey: The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts
  • Sweden: New report examines threats against commissioners of art
  • Argentina: German electronic band’s concert re-instated after appeal
  • Kuwait: Censorship hits book fair
  • Egypt: Two libraries shut down, one threatened with closure
  • Singapore: Two performances cut from festival due to ‘excessive nudity’
  • Iran: Imprisoned musician’s health deteriorating

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Published October 17, 2016

Morocco should replace unclear and vague provisions in the Penal Code and decriminalize the so-called “red line” offenses, according to a new joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process by Freemuse and Racines – two civil society organizations defending artistic freedom in Morocco and globally. COPENHAGEN/CASABLANCA, 17 OCTOBER 2016 | Morocco often […]


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 […]


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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