• Syria/USA: Exiled pianist portrayed in remarkable documentary
  • 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
  • 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
  • Singapore: New American freedom of art award
  • Turkey: Charges against musician of insult to prime minister
  • Freemuse co-hosts UN Universal Periodic Review session on Turkey
  • France: Satirical magazine brutally attacked by gunmen
  • Cuba: Performance artist detained twice
  • USA: Sony Pictures cancels film premiere after intimidation and threats
  • China: Writers arrested in new wave of repression, alerts PEN International
  • Iran: 20-year-old musician’s reality check: oppression persists
  • Norway: ‘Safe city’ Harstad receives Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid
  • Turkey: Tv-drama and theatre directors arrested in crackdown
  • Afghanistan: Theatre performance attacked by suicide bomber
  • Russia: Ukrainian film director detained seven months in Moscow
  • USA: Arts advocacy project displays 24 censored works

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 […]


Violations on artistic freedom of expression in 2013

Published March 4, 2014

Freemuse monitored and documented violations on artistic freedom of expression on artsfreedom.org in 2013. The compilation presents a glimpse of repression of artistic freedom worldwide in 2013 and includes cases from 48 countries across the fields of dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and literature (journalists not included) as they were documented on artsfreedom.org The […]


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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