• USA: California college removes art project after complaints
  • Egypt: Composer arrested and singer escaped
  • Freemuse and PEN submit joint report about Lebanon to UN
  • Russia: Culture Ministry to probe ‘blasphemous’ Novosibirsk opera
  • France: Controversial comedian sentenced for Facebook post
  • Saudi Arabia: ‘Art is Halal’ poster campaign sparks lively debate
  • Afghanistan: Performance artist receives death threats
  • Egypt: Premiere performance deemed ‘inappropriate’ and cancelled
  • USA raises the question about artistic freedom of expression in UN
  • Suppression of artsfreedom in Middle East and North Africa discussed in UN
  • Canada: Viet Cong banned from playing because of their name
  • Egypt: Documentary with censored artists
  • USA: Symphony censored over its comments on totalitarianism
  • France: Court sets precedent in Facebook vagina artwork censorship battle
  • Malaysia: ‘Fifty Shades’ books banned
  • Bahrain: Student and teachers charged with ‘insulting Islam’ over Qur’an song
  • President of Norwegian Parliament: “Curb artistic freedom and you curb democracy altogether”
  • Russia: Creators of ‘offensive’ Wagner opera acquitted
  • UN Special Rapporteur joins artists and Freemuse in Geneva
  • Thailand: Imprisonment of student actors stirs criticism
  • Iran: Banned director wins Berlin film festival’s Golden Bear
  • Denmark: Attack on public meeting about art, blasphemy and freedom of expression
  • Sweden: Artists and writers join forces against threats from the extreme right
  • Russia, China and Turkey top yearly list of music freedom violations

Violations on artistic freedom of expression in 2014

Published February 18, 2015

Freemuse annual statistics on violations of artistic freedom of expression 2014 shows that artists all over the world increasingly are facing attacks on their rights to freedom of expression. In 2014 Freemuse registered a total number of 237 attacks and violations against artistic freedom. The violations range from killings and abductions to attacks, threats, prosecutions, […]


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 […]


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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