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Artsfreedom newsletter: We remember Shaima Rezayee

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression                     View this email in your browser We remember Shaima Rezayee New UN report focus on fundamentalism, extremism and cultural rights. On 18 May 2005, music presenter Shaima Rezayee, 24, was shot in Kabul by unknown men shortly […]

Artsfreedom newsletter: Turkey – The Freemuse Files

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression   View this email in your browser Turkey – The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts As President Tayyip Erdogan continues to tighten his grip on power and thousands of academics, activists, journalists, judges and teachers have been arrested or lost their jobs, we are once […]

Artsfreedom newsletter: The intentional destruction of the living arts

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression   View this email in your browser The intentional destruction of the living arts needs to be addressed The intentional destruction of cultural heritage is a human rights issue. On 27 September, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Mr Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi guilty as a co-perpetrator of the […]

Artsfreedom newsletter: Does artistic freedom matter?

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression                    View this email in your browser As our world is experiencing dozens of internal and international conflicts, and millions of people are forced to leave their home countries due to conflicts or poverty, you may ask the question: does artistic freedom matter? Isn’t the work for protecting […]

Artsfreedom newsletter: Egypt five years later – artistic freedom under attack

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

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, […]

Artsfreedom newsletter: The oppressor and the oppressed

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 […]

Artsfreedom gives you INSIGHT: Sweden and Russia

ART UNDER THREAT FROM SWEDISH NEO-NAZIS AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTHORITARIANISM Several Swedish artists live under constant threat from Neo-Nazi and extreme rightwing groups. In Russia the ultra-conservative agenda of patriotism, orthodoxy and authoritarianism that Putin brought with him on his return to the presidency in May 2012 has drastically shifted state cultural policy and oppositional […]

Artsfreedom gives you INSIGHT: Syria

Four years ago a nationwide uprising swept through Syria. The deadlocked conflict has cost an estimated 200,000 lives and forced millions of people from their homes. Many artists were in the forefront of the revolution in 2011. As a result some were killed, others abducted, detained and tortured. Hundreds left the country in fear of […]

New series: Artsfreedom gives you INSIGHT

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 new series  INSIGHT  provides you with articles and features that dig a little deeper. Read Daniel Brown’s fascinating interview with French street artist Combo Culture Kidnapper, who was […]

Freedom of artistic expression in Europe… Which Europe?

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 […]

Artsfreedom Newsletter no. 4: The land of the free?

International news and info about artistic freedom of expression JUNE 2014 The land of the free? Several members of the artsfex network committed to defending and advocating the right to artistic freedom of expression recently expressed concern about the New York Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of more than 2,000 high-definition live screenings of John Adams’ opera […]

Artsfreedom Newsletter no. 3: Censors of Creativity

APRIL 2014 Egypt should abolish censorship of the arts  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. “Egypt has developed a non-transparent, expensive, bureaucratic labyrinth of censorship […]

Artsfreedom Newsletter no. 2: Reflections over the statistics

ARTSFREEDOM NEWSLETTER STATISTICS 2013   Artsfreedom statistics 2013: 19 artists killed, 27 newly imprisoned For the second time Freemuse presents annual statistics on global violations on artistic freedom. They are a reflection of stories we have collated and published during the past year. But although our statistics include almost 20 killed artists, several abductions and […]’s first newsletter

Sent on 18 November 2013: Newsletter #1 – November 2013 Artistic expression continues to be under attack “All that is banned is desired” – the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression held in Oslo last year clearly demonstrated how artistic freedom of expression and creativity is being curtailed in many countries and […]



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