USA: Sculpture removed after protest

Sam Durant’s controversial large-scale sculpture ‘Scaffold’ was removed from the Walker Art Centre’s sculpture garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after members of the Native American community protested the artwork as it partly was modelled on the gallows used to hang 38 Dakota men in 1862, reported Star Tribune on 9 June 2017. The Dakota community and […]

USA: Christian retailer pulls rap album from shelves over offensive word

Christian retailer LifeWay dropped Christian rapper Sho Baraka’s latest album ‘The Narrative’ from its stores after customers complained about offensive language, specifically the word “penis” in the album’s final song, reported The Washington Post on 8 February 2017. “Like any retailer, LifeWay has a responsibility not to carry resources with content our customers consider inappropriate,” […]

USA: Theatre artistic director re-instated after nude scene controversy

Burgess Clark, artistic director of Boston Children’s Theatre, returned to his position after having been suspended due to controversy over a nude scene in a production of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ that the director refused to remove, reported The Boston Globe on 10 May 2017. Two board members had demanded the director remove […]

Joint statement regarding the impact of the U.S. immigration ban on artistic freedom

National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organisations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration On 7 February 2017, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organisations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S.-based performance, arts and creative freedom organisations and alliances, issued […]

USA: Artists arrested, banned, receive death threats related to Trump actions

Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli and US singer Jennifer Holliday both backed out from performing at the US presidential inauguration of Donald Trump just days before the event revealing they received death threats if they went ahead with their performances, reported Daily Mail on 15 January 2017. “They were saying I should kill myself or […]

USA: Censorship continues in public spaces and schools

Throughout 2016 and into the beginning of 2017, the US has seen multiple cases of censorship and attempted censorship of art in public spaces and schools. Murals on public walls or in university halls, books in school curricula and productions of plays and musicals have all been targeted by a variety of groups because of […]

USA: Rapper sues city, police over “unlawful” arrest for rap lyrics

Rapper Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and two police officers on 10 January 2017 for what he claims was his unlawful arrest in July 2014 on gang conspiracy charges.    The charges were based on rap lyrics about shootings and gang activity featured on Tiny […]

USA: Christian music festival drops band due to gay singer

Christian band Everyday Sunday was dropped from northern California Christian music festival Joshua Fest as 11 production staff threatened to walk out if the recently out lead singer of the band, Trey Pearson, took the stage, reported Billboard on 12 September 2016. Joshua Fest owner Aaron Diello said that his production manager told him that out […]

USA: Schools reverse radio station ban on buses

Portland Public Schools in the capital of US western state Oregon have gone back on their ban of particular radio stations on public school buses, which included radio stations playing rap music, reported Oregon Live on 30 August 2016. A memo sent out by director of student transportation Teri Brady on 9 March 2016 listed […]

USA: Artworks featuring guns seized at airport

Customs officials at Houston, Texas’ Bush airport have held three pieces of art made from decommissioned AK-47 assault rifles by British artist Bran Symondson, who was in the city to hold an art show, reported KPRC Houston on 11 August 2016. The artist’s works take real AK-47s and covers them in a variety of materials, […]

USA: Airline shows film with cut lesbian kissing scenes

US-based Delta Airlines has been drawing controversy for showing an edited version of Academy Award-nominated film ‘Carol’ on flights that cuts out kissing scenes between the film’s two female leads, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, reported The Independent on 8 August 2016. Airline spokesperson Liz Savadelis told LGBT magazine AfterEllen on 4 August 2016 that the […]

USA: Anti-Donald Trump song censored

US presidential nominee Donald Trump and the secret service demanded changes be made to two songs by rapper YG on his latest album released in June 2016 for anti-Trump lyrics, reported entertainment news outlet Vulture on 16 June 2016. The two censored songs – ‘FDT’ (an abbreviation for Fuck Donald Trump) and ‘Blacks and Browns’ […]

Denmark/USA: Artists censored in public spaces

Art in public spaces raises several issues around acceptable content/subject matter, including nudity, race, politics or obscenity, who is funding the work, whether it’s government, business or private individuals, and what the processes are behind who decides what goes up or comes down and why. Three recent incidents of art in public spaces in Denmark and […]

USA: Gun removed from art piece in university museum

University of Houston officials and police censored artist Alton Dulaney’s ‘ARTGun’ work by removing the gun from the piece while on display at the campus museum, reported Houston Press on 4 May 2016. Dulaney wanted his piece to act as commentary on the gun culture of the country, and especially in the state of Texas, […]

USA: Threats to cut museum funding over “blasphemous” paintings

Ben Loyola, a member of the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, and one other member, have threatened to cut funding to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) over an exhibition featuring two Mark Ryden paintings Loyola deems to be “very anti-Christian” and “anti-Catholic”, reported local tv news WAVY-TV on 13 May 2016. Loyola, […]

INSIGHT 2015 publication: Targeting the arts

» Read on Targeting the arts INSIGHT articles about controversies and conflicts over art in 2015 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. In 2015 we introduced INSIGHT – a series of articles providing readers with […]

USA: Rapper sent back to prison for allegedly threatening attorney in song

Rapper and alleged gang member Sean Chung, who was out on bail for murder conspiracy and gun charges, was sent back to prison on 22 February 2016 for a song he posted on YouTube in November 2015 in which he allegedly threatened a Queens, New York district attorney, reported New York Daily News on 7 […]

USA: Jewish community theatre cancels play

The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Centre in North Miami Beach, Florida chose to cancel the drama ‘Crossing Jerusalem’ after community members protested the anti-Jewish elements and “false paradigm of the Arab-Israeli conflict” they felt the play portrayed, reported newspaper South Florida Sun-Sentinel on 29 February 2016. “Please know that our intentions in presenting ‘Crossing Jerusalem’ are […]

USA: News outlets censor Modigliani nude

The $170.4 million sale of Modigliani’s ‘Reclining Nude’ made news in November 2015 not only for its price tag at auction, but also because some outlets in the USA chose to blur out or cover up parts of the naked female body depicted in the painting. Bloomberg news and CNBC, for example chose to blur […]

USA: Convicted Native American activist’s paintings removed from exhibition

Four paintings by Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who is serving two consecutive life sentences for the deaths of two FBI agents in 1975, will be taken down from an exhibition in Tumwater, Washington, after complaints from an association of retired law enforcement officers. The paintings are being displayed in the lobby of the […]

USA: Michigan school bans novel from book fair

An elementary school in Michigan has banned the 12th novel in the ‘Captain Underpants’ series of books from its book fair due to a main character being gay, news station WXYZ reported. Dr Barry Martin, superintendent of Monroe Public Schools, explained that the publishing company, Scholastic, notified the school that one of their titles may […]

USA/Europe: Less incidents of arts censorship over indecency

On 28 September 2015, Apollo Magazine published an article by Philippa Malas which seeks to analyse the current situation for freedom of artistic expression in Europe and the United States. The article runs through examples of how issues of freedom of expression and art are currently playing out in various countries. In May 2015, the […]

China: US pop group banned because of a tweet

The US pop group Maroon 5 have felt the wrath of China’s stringent government policies, getting banned from entering the country allegedly after posting a tweet showing support for the Dalai Lama. The group’s Beijing and Shanghai concerts scheduled for September 2015 as a part of their larger Asian tour were cancelled with no official […]

USA: Freedom of expression violated when concert was shut down

Chicago rapper Chief Keef was to appear via hologram from California in a concert in a public park in Hammond, Indiana, on 25 July 2015, but police officers shut down the concert because they were concerned that the hologram would pose a threat to public safety. Chief Keef appeared via hologram on stage, but within […]

USA: Literary censorship debate over two books

Two elementary books, set in Afghanistan and Iraq, are creating a social media stir in Jacksonville in Florida, USA, and have re-energised the age-old debate on literary censorship, reported A book about an Iraqi librarian and another about an Afghanistan child whose parents are kidnapped both portray U.S. and other soldiers in a scary […]

USA: 14 ‘undone’ books on growing ‘Forbidden Bookshelf’

“Even though the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, government authorities and other powerful interests still find ways to suppress the truth,” wrote Kit O’Connell in an article published by Mint Press News on 29 June 2015 The article lists highlights from the strong>‘Forbidden Bookshelf’ collection with an explanation of […]

USA: Schools curtail student’s artistic freedom – NCAC

With high-profile police brutality stories making national headlines, it is natural that young artists would seek to confront these issues in their work. But outside pressure — often from police groups — has led some schools to curtail student speech and artistic freedom. By National Coalition Against Censorship A March 2015 student exhibit at a […]

USA: Anti-censorship theatre even censored

A benefit event for the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) scheduled for 14 June 2015 at The Sheen Center in New York City, was abruptly called off after the theatre hosting the show deemed some of the content offensive. The event has since been rescheduled. The show was cancelled by Sheen Management, which sought to […]

USA: Fox News station censors Picasso masterpiece

A Picasso painting which broke the record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction was censored on Fox News. The 1955 painting titled ‘The Women of Algiers (Version O)’ sold for $179 million at Christie’s in New York. Fox5NY which covers New York City took the decision to blur out the nipples on […]

USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda

The country song ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town has been banned by some American country stations after listeners complained it ‘promotes the gay agenda’. This despite the fact that the song is about wanting back an ex, and just includes lyrics detailing the attractiveness of his new girlfriend. The group has now filmed a […]

USA: California college removes art project after complaints

A class of art students at Santa Barbara City College in California built a wooden teepee, but complaints from indigenous students who said they were offended by it led to its prompt removal. The teepee was removed after Native American students complained to school administrators and claimed they were offended by it. SBCC President Lori […]

USA: Symphony censored over its comments on totalitarianism

In March 2015, 21-year-old composer Jonas Tarm was about to reach a profound career milestone: His original composition was going to be performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall. But at the last minute, the New York Youth Symphony told Tarm that his Carnegie debut – commissioned by the orchestra as part of its prestigious First […]

France: Court sets precedent in Facebook vagina artwork censorship battle

A Paris court has announced that it can preside over a French citizen’s legal case against Facebook in a battle against the censorship of a vagina painting, despite the social network’s terms and conditions stating it can only be tried in the US. The case was sparked in 2011 by the deletion of teacher and […]

USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings

The rapper Tiny Doo was charged with “criminal street gang conspiracy” over a music album, ‘No Safety’, reflecting gang culture. Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) has no criminal record and says he has no knowledge of the crimes, which involved several shootings in San Diego from May 2013 to February 2014. But the district […]

USA: 60 artistic directors protest firing of theatre director

According to reports in the Washington Post, the artistic director of Theater J, Ari Roth, was fired with the stated cause being “insubordination.” 60 national theater companies protested the firing in an open letter with playwright Tony Kushner writing that Roth “was fired because he refused to surrender to censorship.” In building Theater J’s reputation […]

USA/North Korea: Americans flocking to see ‘The Interview’

Sony initially called off the release of the film, citing threats of terror attacks against US cinemas. The American president Barack Obama criticised the decision, and by the end of December 2014, the movie then premiered in a number of US cinemas. “Freedom prevails”, wrote a cinema on its billboard. MORE: Sony to sell #TheInterview […]

USA: Arts advocacy project displays 24 censored works

In its latest newsletter, National Coalition Against Censorship looks back at art censorship incidents in 2014 and launches an “arts advocacy project”. NCAC writes: “Don’t hold your breath for nipple reveals or cock shows – while artistic representations of nudes remain a regular target of censorship, the most compelling and controversial artwork in 2014 came […]

USA: NCAC raises curtain on theatre censorship in public schools

National Coalition Against Censorship in the U.S. has published a toolkit for organising against theatre censorship in public schools: ‘The show must go on’ “Censorship of the theatre has existed since its emergence as an art form. From Oedipus Rex to Cabaret, some of the most artistically rich theatre has been disturbing, subversive, transformative, and often a target of […]

USA reportedly excludes artists and writers with Arab names

“Excluding important writers like Nasser from the literary dialogue punishes US readers, reduces their exposure to Arabic writing in translation, and potentially limits American literature,” writes Al Jazeera’s Marcia Lynx Qualey after the Jordanian-British poet and novelist Amjad Nasser recently was prevented from boarding a US-bound flight. Acclaimed leftists writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo […]

USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians

A new exhibition by the acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opened on 27 September 2014 on Alcatraz near San Fransisco, USA. It features music by Tibetan singer Lolo and Pussy Riot, highlighting threads which connect artists around the planet who face harassment, pressure, persecution, prosecution and even death for expressing their opinion and their art. […]

US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

In a submission to the United Nations, Freemuse and NCAC document violations of freedom of information and expression in public schools, jails, and prisons in the USA. In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, Freemuse and USA-based NCAC, the National Coalition Against Censorship, argue […]

USA: Events around banned books, censored theatre and hate speech

On 21 August 2014, the National Coalition Against Censorship published the following newsletter with information about a series of interesting, upcoming events in New York City on free speech, banned books, censored theatre and hate speech: COMEDY, CONVERSATION AND CONTROVERSY: LEWIS BLACK, KATE CLINTON AND LIZZ WINSTEAD Monday, 8 September 2014, 7pm @ 92nd Street […]

USA: High school marching band’s playlist censored

A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania, USA, can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. A Lancaster County school board this week stood behind an administrative decision to remove two Top 40 hits from its high school marching band’s upcoming repertoire because of suggestive lyrics. […]

USA: Petition to help artist arrested for painting a utility box

In California, USA, a local artist involved in helping build City of Santa Ana’s public art scene was arrested on 2 July 2014 for painting an electrical box. Artist Tony Pedraza faces up to a year in prison for making a piece of art that was done wholeheartedly with pride and love for his community. […]

USA: School committee rejects parent request to ban book for sexual content

A Waukesha School District committee in USA voted unanimously to reject a parent’s motion to ban the book ‘Looking for Alaska’ from schools after a parent challenged it too racy for Waukesha South High School’s reading list. Source:   “The board voted to ban “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s highly decorated but […]

USA: Arts festival censors art piece critical of company that runs display building

A case of censorship at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival shows what can happen when art gets into bed with commerce, reported Chicago Reader. The artist Amie Sell was censored because she bit the hand that feeds the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. Her installation, Home Sweet Home, was critical of M. Fishman & Co., the […]

USA: Media network admits error over alleged censorship of abortion comedy

The American tv-network NBC conceded the word ‘abortion’ has been removed in an online advert promoting the film ‘Obvious Child’ after pro-life observers in the US had criticised the film, reported The Guardian. » See on:

USA: Opera transmission cancelled over antisemitism concerns

A live transmission of ENO and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been cancelled over concerns about its ‘appropriateness at this time of rising antisemitism’. Freemuse joins the international joint statement: Nat’l and International Organizations Warn That Cancelling ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Screenings Endangers Creative Freedom, Undermines Institution’s Credibility NEW […]

USA: Open letter against censorship of hip-hop artists in Portland

In an open lettert to Portland’s music community, Casey Jarman, managing editor of The Believer, former music editor of Willamette Weeks and co-founder of Party Damage Records, speaks out against what he calls “a systematic attempt to silence local hip-hop artists.” Source: » See also: Hip-Hop Stopped The tension between Portland rap artists and police […]

France/USA: French novel falls foul of Apple’s breast inspectors

French publishing house Les Editions des Equateurs is protesting that Apple has declined to to carry its novel ‘La Femme’ online due to an excessively jubular cover. Bénédicte Martin’s book was released on 20 March 2014, but won’t be available via the fruity monolith due to an “inappropriate” image of a topless woman blended with […]

USA: Exhibit reinstalled after public firestorm over censorship

Kennesaw State University has offered to reinstall an exhibit that was removed just before the grand opening of its new Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art because of concerns that it wasn’t “celebratory” enough for the occasion and might might offend some visitors. The exhibit, created by Georgia State University professor Ruth Stanford, chronicled the […]

Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on 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 […]

USA: ‘Censorship’ controversy over school shooting massacre artwork

The National Coalition Against Censorship, with headquarters in New York City, has urged the Emerald Art Center in a strongly worded letter “to revise your exhibition policies to assure that the Emerald Art Center [in Springfield, USA], does not become a repressive censor, trampling the artistic freedom of its own members,” after a piece of […]

USA: Freemuse Award winner Pete Seeger dies at 94

A flower has gone “His songs are a catalogue of social activism of the 20th century,” said Freemuse Director Ole Reitov receiving the news of the death of Pete Seeger, who in 2009 received the Freemuse Award. “Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which has constantly been on the side of the oppressed and which […]

USA: Bun B addresses rap lyrics being admissible in court

Bun B was asked to speak to the American tv-channel MSNBC about rap lyrics, freedom of expression and racial and social profiling. With the New Jersey Supreme Court set to consider whether rap lyrics of a criminal defendant should be admissible in a court of law, Bun B was asked about how this issue is […]

China/USA: The battle over censorship

“There is great and welcome continuity in the struggle against censorship and authoritarian rule.” China’s Wei Jingsheng, author of the 1978 democracy manifesto that brought him 18 years in Chinese jails, voices absolute confidence that today’s counterrevolutionary assault on the freedom of thought will fail. » See on

USA: Musician’s instruments confiscated and destroyed in airport

Flute player Boujemaa Razgui had his 11 flutes taken from him and destroyed by Customs at JFK Airport in New York. A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Boujemaa Razgui, was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK. Boujemaa Razgui told […]

Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 5 December 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 […]

USA: Paintings removed due to nudity

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a lawsuit against the county of San Bernardino for allegedly violating the free speech rights of a Rialto artist after pulling two of his paintings from public display “simply because some viewers had complained about the paintings,” according to a statement from the ACLU of Southern California. […]

Artist Alert: October 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 14 November 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 […]

USA: Religious group opposes Christmas carols ‘ban’ in school district

The superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District in New Jersey, USA, was reported by Charisma News to have “banned any and all religious music in the December concerts the district’s elementary schools normally hold”. According to Charisma News, the superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District made a public statement that “religious music should not be […]

Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 21 October 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 […]

USA: Citizens group advocates censorship of anti-Israeli theatre plays

In an apparent bow to the right in the Jewish culture wars, Theater J, a celebrated theatrical group housed at Washington’s DC Jewish Community Center, will not produce a play that has been denounced by critics as ‘anti-Israel’. “A small yet vocal group seems to be holding the artistic and ethical sensibilities of the Jewish […]

USA: Banned Books Week 2013

11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, when the event Banned Books Week was launched in the United States and started counting. The Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. In the end of September every year, […]

USA: Paintings removed from public building after nudity complaints

“It’s a government building and people come here to work and to do business, and we don’t feel they should be confronted with images that offend them,” said David Wert with the County of San Bernardino. One painting by artist Armando Aleman and two others by Efren Montiel were part of a display honoring National […]

USA: Art exhibition abrubtly cancelled

The art exhibition ‘Prime Example’ was abrubtly cancelled by Herberger Theater Center after photographs by artist Mike Ford were deemed potentially offensive by Bowers and Laurene Austin, Herberger’s director of marketing and development. ‘The Sodomite’ was one of Mike Ford’s works that was set to appear in the show. It’s an image of a man […]

USA: Madonna launches platform to fight oppression and intolerance

‘Art For Freedom’, led by the American superstar Madonna, is a new digital initiative, an online ‘public art project’, designed to fuel free speech. ‘Art For Freedom’ encourages the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry or photography. ‘Art For Freedom’ will launch on 1 […]

USA: MTV censored lyrics with reference to drugs

At the 2013 Video Music Awards, the American music television channel MTV censored Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance and edited out the entire line where she sings “dancing with Molly.” The line in the song ‘We Can’t Stop’ is known to be a reference to the powdered form of the drug MDMA. For radio airplay, the […]

Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

Newsletter from Article 19, published on 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 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 […]

USA: Climate change sculpture removed after upsetting donors

Does corporate sponsorships by companies like BP and Shell have an impact on artistic freedom in the UK and USA? After a controversial climate change art installation was removed from a US university campus because it upset donors from the energy industry, Kevin Smith, co-editor of Not If But When – Culture Beyond Oil, is […]

USA: Event dedicated to those imprisoned for voicing their beliefs

An evening event in New York, ‘Thought is Free: An Evening of Protest and Solidarity’ featured high-profile champions of free expression who read the work of writers and artists imprisoned for speaking truth to power, and author Salman Rushdie in a discussion on the responsibilities of artists. The event was organised by New York’s Public […]

USA: Library covers up controversial artwork

A piece of artwork by Kara Walker which shows a slave performing oral sex was covered after employees of the Newark Library stated they did not like the image. Kara Walker, a renowned African-American artist who examines race, gender, sexuality and violence, created the drawing. Her drawing depicts the horrors of reconstruction, 20th-century Jim Crowism […]

USA: Art work removed from exhibition after complaints about nudity

The photo art work ‘Quotidian’ by Betsy Schneider documents the artist’s daughter growing up in a series of photographs in which the girl is nude. The work was exhibited at and then removed from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, in response to complaints about nudity. A coalition of artists, critics, […]

USA: Cartoon strip about abortion law removed by newspapers

A Doonesbury cartoon strip about Texas abortion law has been removed by an increasing number of American newspapers Garry Trudeau, whose satirical cartoon strip Doonesbury has been published by hundreds of newspapers around the word for decades, met unprecedented controversy after he planned to dedicate a week’s worth of strips to a satirical look at […]

USA: Exhibition about repression and censorship in Russia

The parallels between Soviet-era repression and Mr. Putin’s authoritarian rule are at the heart of ‘Lest We Forget: Masters of Soviet Dissent’ a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Mr. Lapin and the late Mr. Zhdanov at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art gallery in Washington, USA. In May 2012, the Washington Times published an article […]

USA: Attempt to stamp out homosexuality from cartoons

The conservative American mothers’ group One Million Moms has launched an attempt to stamp out homosexuality from the world of graphic novels. The American Family Association-run conservative Christian organisation has taken issue with the news that DC Comics is planning to reveal that one of its established characters is gay – speculation is centring around […]

Exhibition of ‘Censorship in Art from Eden to Milwaukee’

The ACLU of Wisconsin, USA, showcases three local artists whose work has been censored or challenged in some way: Anne Kingsbury, Fahimeh Vahdat and Philip Krejcarek The “Eye of the Beholder: Censorship in Art from Eden to Milwaukee” will take place at the ACLU offices in the Marshall Building, a hub of art venues on […]

American campus debate: Is it censorship or simply courtesy?

A confrontation over an art piece containing adult content has been seething within the Arts Building of Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, USA, where accusations of censorship caused the controversy to boil over. According to The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a student’s work of art on a campus cannot be prohibited if […]

Artistic censorship denies opportunity for dialogue and growth

The mural ‘Fast Life’, created by the French street artist MTO, was whitewashed due to censorship over its perceived meaning, wrote Denise Kowal, Event Chair of Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida, USA, who argued that this kind of artistic censorship denies an opportunity for dialogue and growth: “It was a skilled work of art that […]



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