• USA: Convicted Native American activist’s paintings removed from exhibition
  • India: Pakistani actors banned in Maharashtra state
  • India: Board censors James Bond kissing scenes
  • Saudi Arabia: Poet sentenced to death
  • Myanmar/Burma: Poet arrested for posting ‘defamatory’ poem
  • Egypt: Playwright speaks about his trials with censorship
  • United Kingdom: Guides to legal framework of artistic expression
  • Morocco: Film actress attacked, humiliated and exiled
  • Cuba: Musician Gorki Águila arrested again
  • France: Deadly terror attack at rock concert in Paris
  • United Kingdom: Painting sparks controversy in Northern Ireland
  • Turkey: Blasphemy ruling reversed for pianist Say
  • Macedonia: Artists falling prey to censorship
  • Russia: Art gallery owner evicted
  • New fellowships for threatened artists
  • UNESCO report: Visas and logistics vex artists
  • UNESCO focus on artistic freedom
  • Thailand: Banned movie re-cut and on screens
  • Denmark: Toy manufacturer in freedom of speech row over art project
  • China: Publishers pledge to fight censorship
  • Iran: 26 popular singers banned from performing
  • Iran: Filmmaker sentenced to six-year prison term and 223 lashes
  • Israel/Palestine: The political legacy of muzzling artists
  • Indonesia: Cultural festival censored

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 […]


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 […]




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