• India: Film cleared for release by appellate board
  • China: Banned Hong Kong film scrubbed from award coverage
  • Malaysia: Art group withdraws from show after artwork was removed
  • Lithuania: Cinemas refuse to screen Russian film over propaganda
  • South Korea: Public broadcaster deems songs from pop star’s new album unfit
  • Uganda: Dutch film banned for ‘glorifying homosexuality’
  • Cambodia: Actress banned from filming due to revealing photos
  • USA: Christian retailer pulls rap album from shelves over offensive word
  • Canada: Film shoot moved after being denied permission over indigenous character
  • India: Comic receives death threats over stand-up video
  • USA: Theatre artistic director re-instated after nude scene controversy
  • Poland: Artists boycott festival over alleged blacklist
  • Iran: Filmmaker released from prison
  • Zimbabwe: Musician flees country due to death threats over song
  • United Kingdom: Protest song not played ahead of election
  • Saudi Arabia: Books banned, performance interrupted at book fair
  • Vietnam: Musician released early after serving full six-year prison sentence
  • In prison for a year in Iran; artists call for musician’s and filmmaker’s release
  • Freemuse founders receive 2017 Danish Nairobi Award
  • Egypt: Writer wins appeal, court orders retrial
  • United Kingdom: Deadly attack at pop concert in Manchester
  • Russia: Draft bill “protecting values” to be discussed by Duma
  • Egypt: Musician takes Music Syndicate head to court
  • Venezuela: Singer received death threat from parliamentarian

In prison for a year in Iran; artists call for musician’s and filmmaker’s release

Published June 1, 2017

COPENHAGEN / NEW YORK, 1 June 2017 | Two Iranian artists will have been in prison for a full year on 5 June, sentenced for their peaceful artistic expressions. Today, artists and supporters of artistic freedom from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East called for their release in a public letter sent […]


Art Under Threat: Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2016

Published February 7, 2017

(* click on the images to enlarge) Freemuse registered 1,028 attacks on artists and violations of their rights in 2016 across 78 countries, continuing a worrying trend of artistic freedom increasingly coming under threat. The number of cases registered in 2016 more than doubled the amount in 2015, increasing by 119%, rising from 469 attacks. […]


Latest INSIGHT articles

Published December 2, 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. » […]


Freemuse report on the effects of terror on arts and culture

Published October 26, 2016

Terrorism has affected and damaged cultural industries and artistic freedom on several continents over the past 20 years. However, few studies have described the short- as well as long-term effects of this terror on arts and culture. Freemuse has submitted a 12-page report, “Challenges and effects of terror on arts and culture” to United Nations Office of […]




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