• Somaliland: Regional court orders four singers released from custody
  • Egypt: Resolution against revealing clothing and “vulgar” lyrics
  • China: Artist on censorship and finding freedom in the provinces
  • United Nations: Right to artistic freedom of expression reaffirmed
  • Burkina Faso: Music studio in capital bombed after coup
  • Pakistan: Court dismisses petition to ban Indian films
  • Turkey: Actor dismissed from theatre over criticism of government
  • India: Religious group issues fatwa against composer and director
  • Qatar: Joint call to United Nations to help imprisoned poet
  • The alternative voices: Artists in the Arab world
  • Artistic freedom: Tunisia walks a narrow tightrope
  • Russia: Music portal banned
  • Cuba: Imprisoned artist El Sexto on hunger strike
  • Russia: Film director sentenced 20 years in prison
  • Turkey: Festival director steps down after censorship scandal
  • Cuba: Dissident artist released after eight months of detention
  • Iran: 14 films banned since 2007
  • India: Actor calls for consitutional freedom of expression rights in cinemas
  • China: 120 songs banned for promoting obscenity and violence
  • United Kingdom: Theatre play addressing radicalisation cancelled
  • Cuba: Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila arrested
  • South Africa: Freedom of expression workshops and awards
  • China: US pop group banned because of a tweet
  • Iran/Lebanon/Ukraine: Artists affected by conflicts

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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