• UN: “Artistic expression is not a crime” – Special Rapporteurs urge the Iranian government to free jailed artists
  • Pakistan: Famed Sufi singer killed in drive-by shooting
  • Myanmar/Burma: Censors pull film from human rights festival
  • Turkey: Music fans attacked at Radiohead store event
  • Russia: Music video censored for having same-sex kiss
  • Nigeria: Singer’s songs banned by DJ association after on-stage slap
  • USA: Gun removed from art piece in university museum
  • Russia: Ministry censors theatre company’s festival performances
  • USA: Threats to cut museum funding over “blasphemous” paintings
  • South Sudan: Minister bans foreign music on radio station
  • India: Film survives censor board controversy after court ruling
  • Gambia: Music banned during Ramadan
  • Singapore: State regulators call for same-sex kiss removal in musical
  • Russia: Performance artist Pavlensky released with fine
  • Iran: Film screening banned due to religious pressure
  • Egypt: Heavy metal concert cancelled, three arrested
  • Iran: Eight producers arrested for “obscene” music videos
  • Iran: Two musicians and a filmmaker imprisoned
  • Turkey: Local man smashes “obscene” sculpture
  • Iran: Two musicians and a filmmaker summoned to prison
  • India: Censors under fire
  • France: Music festivals cancel Eagles of Death Metal performances
  • Afghanistan: Kandahar authorities ban broadcast of songs by women
  • Myanmar/Burma: Poet sentenced to six months in prison for defamation

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 […]

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New INSIGHT articles from India and Turkey

Published June 1, 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. » […]

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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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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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