• Azerbaijan: Prosecuted writer faces further charges
  • Pakistan: Action movie banned by Ministry of Information
  • Turkey: How Erdoğan turned the tables on the EU to stifle free speech
  • Oman: Writer and filmmaker arrested and detained
  • Germany: Turkey attempts to stop EU funding orchestra performance
  • Jordan: Rock concert banned for “contradicting” religious beliefs
  • Belarus: Lavon Volski is a free man in an unfree country
  • Iran: Imprisoned cartoonist wins appeal, soon free
  • China: American pop star tour dates cancelled
  • Germany: Rock band sues government for “indexing” album
  • Iran: Banned music legend may sing again
  • United Arab Emirates: New dance craze leads to arrest
  • Turkey: Baby donkeys, insults and presidents
  • Jordan: Concert by Israeli musician in Wadi Rum cancelled
  • India: Censor board bans own member’s movie
  • Ireland: Risqué painting removed after parent and staff complaints
  • Germany: Comedian faces potential prosecution for criticising Turkish president
  • Zimbabwe: Theatre producer arrested for staging one-man play
  • Sweden: New report calls threat to art a threat to democracy
  • Indonesia: West Aceh bans outdoor concerts
  • Turkey: Actress’ contract cancelled over interview comments
  • Tunisia: Singer banned from working due to suggestive video
  • Ukraine: All Russian films released since 2014 banned
  • Pakistan: Punjabi film banned

Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

Published February 22, 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 […]


Article series that gives you INSIGHT

Published February 19, 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. » […]


Artsfreedom newsletter | Egypt five years later: Artistic freedom under attack

Published January 25, 2016

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression | View this email in your browser Five years ago, tens of thousands of people marched to Cairo’s Tahrir Square in protests calling for freedom. On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution there is little to celebrate, and the government has warned it will deal firmly with […]


Artsfreedom newsletter: UNESCO addresses challenges to artistic freedom

Published December 16, 2015

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression | View this email in your browser UNESCO addresses challenges to artistic freedom A decade has passed since the adoption of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In the words of one of the prime “mothers” of the convention, Sheila Copps, […]




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