• China: President delivers directions to artists
  • Russia and Ukraine: Musicians caught between conflict, bitter rhetoric and outright bans
  • Belarus: Soccer fans detained for singing song deriding Russian president
  • China: Authorities have arrested numerous artists
  • Norway: Seminar about the role of music as instrument for social change
  • USA reportedly excludes artists and writers with Arab names
  • Tibet/China: Censored poet and exiled musician sidetrack oppression
  • Tunisia: Reconciling freedom of artistic expression with religion
  • Freemuse to United Nations: Belarus should explain censorship
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws
  • Myanmar/Burma: How censorship shaped an artist
  • USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians
  • China: Censorship of independent art has never been harsher
  • United Kingdom: Common statement in defense of offensive art
  • US fails to protect the human right to read, says report
  • How Russia’s anti-profanity law is affecting independent filmmakers
  • New Zealand: Musician takes ban of his satirical song to court
  • Morocco: Dissident rapper Mouad El Haqed released
  • Pakistan: Rock guitarist keeps music scene alive despite state-wide fear and censorship
  • Freemuse receives Ars Electronica Award
  • Russia: Opera premiere cancelled after its composer was attacked
  • Tunisia and Egypt: Music censorship after the Spring
  • South Korea: Resignation and boycott in controversy over censorship
  • USA: Events around banned books, censored theatre and hate speech

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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