• France: Lobby group gets Danish movie banned
  • India: Controversy over State Censor Board for Theatre
  • Greece: Political play shut down due to threats
  • Nigeria: Award-winning poet imprisoned over defamation charges
  • Italy: Nude statues covered up for Iranian president
  • Nigeria: Artists’ Village demolished
  • Lebanon: Sculptures spark suspicion of Satanism
  • Nigeria: Artist arrested for political performance piece
  • Iran: 165 Iranian artists and activists protest charges against two musicians and a filmmaker
  • Indonesia: Censorship board considers banning Netflix
  • Thailand: Ban on LGBT-themed film stands
  • Qatar: Ministry of Culture bans transgender film ‘The Danish Girl’
  • Egypt five years after the revolution: Artistic freedom is stifled
  • Egypt: Arts unions granted legal powers to self-police
  • Ukraine: Italian opera singer cancels concerts in Crimea
  • Turkey: Children’s play banned due to “inappropriate” song
  • Egypt: Film producer sentenced to jail and fined for “indecency”
  • India: Censor board’s ‘truly epic cuts’ to American movie
  • China/Taiwan: Singers banned for nationalist statements and actions
  • Egypt: Screenwriter threatened by Muslim Brotherhood
  • Denmark: Lego changes bulk buy policy after Ai Weiwei backlash
  • Egypt: Singer released after paying bail on contempt of religion charges
  • Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker
  • Poland: Controversies over theatre plays

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, […]


INSIGHT | Tunisia: Musicians confronted with censorship and repression

Published November 3, 2015

Of Tunisia’s entire artistic community, the musicians – and in particular urban rappers – have borne the brunt of the state’s censorship and repression. A wide legal arsenal has been used to drag musicians into court and throw them unceremoniously into gaol. By Daniel Brown  INSIGHT  In Tunisia, there are two kinds of rappers. First, […]


Artsfreedom newsletter: The oppressor and the oppressed

Published October 14, 2015

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression | View this email in your browser Nobel prizes put focus on Belarus and Tunisia Last week Svetlana Alexievich was announced winner of the The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015. Earlier this week, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was announced winner of his fifth term as president. They represent two […]




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