Australia: Two radio DJs fired for playing offensive song

On 4 June 2017, two Mount Gambier radio DJs – Steve Jankowicz and Haydon Cox – received a text message from the South East Community Access Radio (SECAR) board telling them their 5GTR FM show, Jank n the Phatman, was being shut down because it breached “broadcasting standards and common decency”, reported The Advertiser on […]

Australia: Singer received death threats after asking group to stop using songs

Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes revealed on ABC’s Q&A show on 19 September 2016 that he and his family were sent death threats after he asked anti-immigration groups to stop using his songs at their rallies because he didn’t want him or his music to be “associated with hate speech”, reported The Sydney Morning Herald […]

Australia: Artist censors own mural

Street artist Lushsux, known for his controversial public art, censored his own mural on the side of a Melbourne business showing a nearly nude Hillary Clinton in a U.S.-flag swimsuit with $100 bills stuffed into it by covering her up in a niqab after the local council deemed it offensive, reported ABC News on 2 […]

Australia: Distributors force art magazine to censor cover

The August 2016 issue of Australian arts magazine featuring a painting of a pregnant, nude woman by well-known, New York-based artist Lisa Yuskavage has been censored at newsstands after distributors forced editors to either package the issue in an opaque sleeve or cover up the nipples of the subject, reported Australia’s ABC on 9 August […]

Australia considers barring American rapper’s tour

Australia appears set to join the list of countries that have refused to allow entry to the controversial American singer and rapper Chris Brown over his domestic violence record. In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but the government is under pressure […]

Australia: Arts minister violates the right to freedom of expression

The Australian arts minister George Brandis has threatened the withdrawal of commonwealth funding for the Sydney Biennale festival for “blackballing” Transfield Holdings after it severed ties with the company because of an artist protest over its contract work on an offshore detention centre, reported The Guardian. The arts minister wrote to the Australia Council, which […]

Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 March 2014: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has been curtailed and abused, and […]

Artist Alert: December 2013 and January 2014 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 12 February 2014: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has been curtailed and abused, and […]

Australia: Artists hit back against censorship of nude photography

A group of Australian artists are out to show that art cannot be censored by announcing plans to hold a nude-only art exhibition. The move comes after vision-impaired artist Dennis Mealor’s naked photograph of a mature-aged woman, titled Viva Italia, was suddenly withdrawn from the Bundaberg Arts Festival without an explanation in October 2013. The […]

Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 August 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has been curtailed and abused, and […]

Artist Alert: June 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published at article19.org on 17 July 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has been curtailed and abused, and […]

Australia: Police seized allegedly “inappropriate” art, gallery closed

Artistic freedom of expression and the threat of censorship has dominated debate in the art world of Australia after police raided a Melbourne art gallery, seizing part of an installation, on 25 May 2013. “Let not the law be a weapon to close down artist expression,” said Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts Martin Foley, […]

Australia: Call for writing ‘freedom of expression’ into arts legislation

The right to freedom of artistic expression is currently not protected in Australia law, and censorship of artists happens all too often, according to 12 senior arts figures and the National Association for the Visual Arts. The Australia Council, the Australian Government’s principal arts funding agency, has existed in 40 years and is up for […]

Australia: Ban of gay film appealed on YouTube

Actor James Franco launched an online appeal on YouTube, speaking directly to the Australian Classification Board after censors banned a gay film, ‘I Want Your Love’, from screening in Australia. His appeal has been viewed almost 80,000 times during its first six days on YouTube. “Frankly, adults should be able to choose, they’re not going […]

 

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