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In the tabs below you can find Freemuse’s “Art Under Threat” annual statistics report on artistic freedom violations, other Freemuse resources, as well as important resources from other organisations on artistic freedom.

 

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Art Under Threat in 2016

Freemuse registered 1,028 attacks on artists and violations of their rights in 2016 across 78 countries, continuing a worrying trend of artistic freed [...]

Art Under Threat in 2016

Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of their rights in 2015, making it our worst recorded year yet.

Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

Violations of musical freedom of expression in 2014

In 2014, Freemuse registered a total number of 90 attacks and violations against musicians’ rights to musical freedom of expression.

Violations of musical freedom of expression in 2014

Violations of musical freedom of expression in 2013

In 2013, a total number of 109 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered from 33 countries.

Violations of musical freedom of expression in 2013

Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012

In 2012, a total number of 173 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered from over 30 countries.

Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2012

Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2011

In 2011, a total number of 175 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights have been registered from 30 countries.

Freemuse annual report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2011

Freemuse report on the effects of terror on arts and culture

Freemuse explores the effect and damage terrorism has had on cultural industries and artistic freedom on several continents over the past 20 years.

Freemuse report on the effects of terror on arts and culture

Download and distribute the conference report

Written by Robin Denselow, a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who reports for The Guardian, BBC tv and radio, this report is a catching, touching and enlightening publication about the current state of freedom of expression among artists around the world.

Download and distribute the conference report

UN report: Impact of fundamentalism on the cultural rights of women

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural right report focuses on the grave impact fundamentalism & extremism have on the cultural rights of women.

UN report: Impact of fundamentalism on the cultural rights of women

UN report: Impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the enjoyment of cultural rights

In her second report to the Human Rights Council, Karima Bennoune – the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights – considers how the rise of fundamentalism and extremism, in diverse forms, represent major threats to human rights worldwide.

UN report: Impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the enjoyment of cultural rights

Turkey: Recent reports paint grim picture for artistic freedom

Two recent reports on publishers and film festivals in Turkey show the extent of pressure and artistic freedom violations that artists, publishers and organisers in these two sectors have to endure in an increasingly difficult environment.

Turkey: Recent reports paint grim picture for artistic freedom

Arterial Network publishes reflections on creative expression in Africa

On 24 August 2016, Arterial Network, a civil-society network based in Africa, released its compilation of essays, stories and reflections on the state of freedom of creative expression in the continent entitled ‘How Free is FREE?’.

Arterial Network publishes reflections on creative expression in Africa

Turkey: EU and UN address Turkey’s troublesome arts freedom record

Significant shortcomings in the promotion of democracy and human rights feature highly in the European Commission’s 2015 Progress Report on Turkey, which points to ‘significant backsliding’ on protection of freedom of expression in the last two years after several years of progress.

Turkey: EU and UN address Turkey’s troublesome arts freedom record

Turkey: Opposing views perceived as insult

Turkey is going through a time in history whereby the concept of ‘criticism’ has lost its substance," according to a new report from Turkish Publishers Association.

Turkey: Opposing views perceived as insult

Norwegian PEN publishes report about freedom of expression in Turkey

This 60-page report presents data and information related to violations of freedom of expression in Turkey, including the effects of the judicial system, law on freedom of expression, self-censorship, pressure on the press, hate speech and freedom of religion and conscience.

Norwegian PEN publishes report about freedom of expression in Turkey

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, designed to provide students with the resources to navigate tensions in local communities and lead the fight for artistic freedom.

USA: NCAC raises curtain on theatre censorship in public schools

Azerbaijan: Report about artistic freedom of expression

A new 33-page report by Art for Democracy details cases of violations of the right to artistic freedom of expression over the past three years in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Report about artistic freedom of expression

UN study on the impact of advertising and marketing on cultural rights

The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, launched a new study on the impact of advertising and marketing practices on cultural rights.

UN study on the impact of advertising and marketing on cultural rights

ARTerial Network Report: Monitoring freedom of creative expression in Africa

Following a mapping exercise covering 70 percent of Africa, Arterial Network released its first preliminary report on the state of freedom of creative expression in Africa in October 2013.

ARTerial Network Report: Monitoring freedom of creative expression in Africa

UN report on artistic freedom launched at EU Parliament

Members of the European Parliament will join a lunchtime presentation of the UN Report ‘The Right to Freedom of Artistic Expression and Creativity’ at the European Parliament in Brussels on 2 October 2013.

UN report on artistic freedom launched at EU Parliament

Index on Censorship: Self-censorship stifling UK artistic expression

Widespread self-censorship and fear of causing offence is suppressing creativity and ideas in the United Kingdom, according to a conference report published by Index on Censorship, ‘Taking the Offensive’. There are multiple pressures on artistic freedom of expression and censorship has become a major issue for the arts sector in this country, the report reveals. …

Index on Censorship: Self-censorship stifling UK artistic expression

Singapore: “Censorship isn’t working – regulate instead”

The core message in a 33-page paper by Arts Engage entitled ‘2010 Arts Community Position Paper on Censorship and Regulation’ is: “Censorship isn’t working. Regulate instead”.

Singapore: “Censorship isn’t working – regulate instead”

Lebanon: Comprehensive assessment of censorship in Lebanon

This study provides a comprehensive assessment of censorship in Lebanon which will hopefully allow local artistic and cultural actors the opportunity to lobby for the most appropriate legislative amendments to the current censorship regulations.

Lebanon: Comprehensive assessment of censorship in Lebanon
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