• Thailand: Jailing of actors for lese majeste stirs criticism
  • Russia: Creators of ‘offensive’ Wagner opera on trial in Russia
  • Iran: Banned director wins Berlin film festival’s Golden Bear
  • Denmark: Attack on public meeting about art, blasphemy and freedom of expression
  • Sweden: Artists and writers join forces against threats from the extreme right
  • Russia, China and Turkey top yearly list of music freedom violations
  • Turkey: Legal breakthrough in favour of prosecuted singer Ferhat Tunç
  • Cuba: Artist Tania Bruguera continues to be retained
  • USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings
  • Iran: Prominent musician banned from traveling abroad
  • Cuba: Rapper ‘El Critico’ released from prison
  • Syria/USA: Exiled pianist portrayed in remarkable documentary
  • Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights
  • Turkey: Broadcasters fined for airing music video scenes of sexuality
  • Egypt: Artists “suffer from the shackles of censorship”
  • Cuba: Grafitti artist arrested over insulting leaders
  • Eritrea: Writers and poets unexpectedly released from prison
  • Norway: World women gathering to explore freedom of expression
  • After the Charlie Hebdo attack: Critical moment for artistic expression
  • India: Author gives up writing after book burning protests
  • Belgium: Film festival closed after terrorist threats
  • Japan: Exhibition of Unfreedom of Expression
  • Syria: Musicians punished for playing ‘un-Islamic’ instruments
  • Deji Bryce Olukotun: The spear of the N-word

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 […]


UN report on artistic freedom launched at EU Parliament

Published September 28, 2013

Members of the European Parliament will join a lunchtime presentation of the UN Report ‘The Right to Freedom of Artistic Expression and Creativity’ at the European Parliament in Brussels on 2 October 2013. The report will be presented by its author, Mme Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, who was […]




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