• 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
  • Turkey: A prolonged tragedy for theatre
  • Iran: Musician and filmmaker returned to prison
  • INSIGHT 2016 publication: Targeting the arts
  • Norway: Exhibition attacked; municipality allegedly tries to keep incident quiet
  • Spain: Rapper appeals three-and-a-half-year prison sentence over lyrics
  • Ukraine: Russian Eurovision contestant banned over performance in Crimea
  • Algeria: Writer under investigation over allegedly insulting Islam in novel
  • Tanzania: Rapper released after being detained over song
  • Venezuela: Catholic universities ban transgender film, filmmakers say
  • Israel: Gallery served eviction notice hours prior to event
  • Ukraine: Art exhibition suffered multiple threats and attacks
  • Belarus: Ukrainian writer apprehended and banned from entry
  • Tunisia: Imams call for removal of play poster
  • Mexico: Narcocorrido musician killed for singing to the wrong cartel
  • Cuba: Exhibition bans photo of official tabloid being used as toilet paper
  • Jordan: Film allegedly banned after special screening
  • India: Two female singers threatened by radicals and clerics
  • Bangladesh: Government bans film, no reason given
  • Pakistan: Police ban music at weddings in village

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 […]


Iran: Musician and filmmaker imprisoned

Published June 7, 2016

According to Freemuse sources, musician Mehdi Rajabian and his brother, 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 two artists and freeing Mehdi and Hossein by taking action and sharing the video below and using the […]




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