|FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE ON 18 JUNE 2012:
ALL THAT IS BANNED IS DESIRED
World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo
Artists who have received death threats, experienced imprisonment, abduction or censorship because of their artistic work will enter the stage when the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression is held at the Oslo Opera House.
On 25-26 October 2012, artists from all genres and from all over the world will examine and discuss with curators, scholars, cultural producers and media people where, how and to what extent constraints are placed on artistic freedom of expression. The conference is organised by Fritt Ord and Freemuse.
Sentenced to 59 years in prison
“Censorship is characterised by the self-contradictory fact that by imposing limits it provokes reactions to those limits. By limiting freedom it helps fuel the desire for even greater freedom, as the title of the conference illustrates: All That is Banned is Desired,” comments Marie Korpe, executive director of Freemuse.
Bente Roalsvig, project director at the Fritt Ord Foundation, adds:
The world conference and the new website is made possible thanks to financial support from the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Fritt Ord Foundation.
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Freemuse is an independent international organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. The organisation’s home page, freemuse.org, is the world’s largest knowledge base on music censorship. For more information about Freemuse, its activities and publications, see www.freemuse.org
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