• Bosnia and Herzegovina: Play goes on after public persuades organisers
  • Belarus: Film banned from festival for “anti-human view of life”
  • Police, drug law and non-state actors pose threat to artistic freedom in Tunisia
  • Estonia: Museum cracks under religious pressure, alters Virgin Mary exhibit
  • South Korea: Alleged government blacklist of 9,473 artists over politics
  • France: Art installation defaced by Turkish MP assistant
  • Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report
  • China: Two Tibetan singers released after serving out four-year prison terms
  • India: Actor challenges theatre censorship in court
  • How can you put a song behind bars: Dario Fo
  • Lebanon: Two films pulled from festival over politics
  • Ukraine: Lawmakers vote against bill banning Russian artists
  • Iran: Writer sentenced to six years in prison for unpublished novel
  • Nigeria: Actress banned from film industry due to “immoral” performance
  • Germany: Prosecutors drop investigation in Turkish president insult case
  • Kuwait: Emirati street racing film banned without explanation
  • India/Pakistan: Films, actors, tv shows banned amidst Kashmir tensions
  • Global: Anonymous art in public spaces
  • Germany/Netherlands: Faroese metal band shows cancelled over whaling
  • China: Singer’s music scrubbed from online music services due to Hong Kong activism
  • Russia: Theatres in an age of government intimidation
  • China: Tibetan poet re-detained after being released from prison one day earlier
  • Ukraine: Government to bar blacklisted Russian singers in European song contest
  • Morocco: News site publishes blacklist of artists with alleged ties to Israel

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 […]


New INSIGHT articles from Vietnam and Turkey

Published September 13, 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. » […]


Iran: Two musicians and a filmmaker imprisoned

Published June 7, 2016

According to Freemuse sources musicians Mehdi Rajabian, Yousef Emadi and 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 three artists and freeing Mehdi, Hossein and Yousef by taking action and sharing the video below and using […]


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 […]




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