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On 30 June, Oleg Smolin, First Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee of the State Duma in Russia, supported an initiative by the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to exclude various books from the school curriculum, including the Gulag Archipelago, in order to incorporate more religious texts.

”There are some works of modern literature that can be removed from the school curriculum without great harm. The Gulag Archipelago, for example, does not give much insight into the real historical process. We need to look at the programs and exclude what is too politicized,” Smolin tells to Govorit Moskva radio. Read more here: lenta.ru/news/2019/06/30/bogpomozhet/

The Gulag Archipelago is a three-volume text written between 1958 and 1968 by Russian historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The text relays Solzhenitsyn’s experience as a gulag prisoner, describing life in the gulag, (a Communist Soviet forced labour system). Solzhenitsyn includes various sources—reports, interviews, statements, diaries and legal documents in his texts.

While the Gulag Archipelago is heralded as the greatest and most disturbing account of human rights violations and political oppression in a Russian Gulag, this text and several other works, will also be excluded from the school curriculum.

📷 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn/ Facebook
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On 30 June, Oleg Smolin, First Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee of the State Duma in Russia, supported an initiative by the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to exclude various books from the school curriculum, including the Gulag Archipelago, in order to incorporate more religious texts. 

”There are some works of modern literature that can be removed from the school curriculum without great harm. The Gulag Archipelago, for example, does not give much insight into the real historical process. We need to look at the programs and exclude what is too politicized,” Smolin tells to Govorit Moskva radio. Read more here: https://lenta.ru/news/2019/06/30/bogpomozhet/

The Gulag Archipelago is a three-volume text written between 1958 and 1968 by Russian historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The text relays Solzhenitsyn’s experience as a gulag prisoner, describing life in the gulag, (a Communist Soviet forced labour system). Solzhenitsyn includes various sources—reports, interviews, statements, diaries and legal documents in his texts. 

While the Gulag Archipelago is heralded as the greatest and most disturbing account of human rights violations and political oppression in a Russian Gulag, this text and several other works, will also be excluded from the school curriculum. 

📷 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn/ Facebook

4 days ago

Freemuse

Freemuse condemns the 14.5 year total prison sentences and 74 lashes for metal #musicians from the band Confess. We stand by Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani and defend their right to artistic expression! 👉https://bit.ly/2LgWlOn ... See MoreSee Less

Freemuse condemns the 14.5 year total prison sentences and 74 lashes for metal #musicians from the band Confess. We stand by Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani and defend their right to artistic expression! 👉https://bit.ly/2LgWlOn

5 days ago

Freemuse

As a part of the Europe Project, Freemuse participated in a conference organised by Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
It investigated the role of arts and culture in sustainable development.
Svenska Postkodstiftelsen #postkodeffekten #projectforchange
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As a part of the Europe Project, Freemuse participated in a conference organised by  Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
It investigated the role of arts and culture in sustainable development. 
Svenska Postkodstiftelsen #postkodeffekten #projectforchange

5 days ago

Freemuse

On 23 June, New Brunswick aerial artist Christine Johnson had her scheduled pole dancing performance cancelled only minutes before she was set to go onstage at the Rotary Ribfest Moncton West and Riverview in Canada.

According to Johnson’s Facebook post, the well-practiced routine was considered special because it was dedicated to a close friend who was battling brain cancer.

Read Johnson’s post here: www.facebook.com/christine.johnson.790256/posts/10162507870795455

Despite preparations, the decision to cancel the performance last minute was due to a rotary club committee member deeming the performance not “family-friendly”.

Johnson believes there was a “misunderstanding” of her performance, which she labels as aerial art.

“I am a woman and not ashamed of my body and in no way is the way I was treated ok. Part of my art happens to incorporate my body like any form of dance or gymnastics and it takes so much courage and bravery to put myself out there like I do,” Johnson states in her Facebook post.

Many women artists face censorship for expressing their art through movement and the body, particularly as it pertains to nudity. This was a key topic in Freemuse’s most-recent report ‘Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence: Shrinking Space of Women’s Rights to Create in the Digital Age’ (Link here: bit.ly/2XEswsE).

Watch Johnson’s performance video here: www.facebook.com/christine.johnson.790256/videos/10162491620890455/?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARBrVFBf...

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On 23 June, New Brunswick aerial artist Christine Johnson had her scheduled pole dancing performance cancelled only minutes before she was set to go onstage at the Rotary Ribfest Moncton West and Riverview in Canada. 

According to Johnson’s Facebook post, the well-practiced routine was considered special because it was dedicated to a close friend who was battling brain cancer. 

Read Johnson’s post here: https://www.facebook.com/christine.johnson.790256/posts/10162507870795455

Despite preparations, the decision to cancel the performance last minute was due to a rotary club committee member deeming the performance not “family-friendly”. 

Johnson believes there was a “misunderstanding” of her performance, which she labels as aerial art. 

“I am a woman and not ashamed of my body and in no way is the way I was treated ok. Part of my art happens to incorporate my body like any form of dance or gymnastics and it takes so much courage and bravery to put myself out there like I do,” Johnson states in her Facebook post. 

Many women artists face censorship for expressing their art through movement and the body, particularly as it pertains to nudity. This was a key topic in Freemuse’s most-recent report ‘Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence: Shrinking Space of Women’s Rights to Create in the Digital Age’ (Link here: https://bit.ly/2XEswsE). 

Watch Johnson’s performance video here: https://www.facebook.com/christine.johnson.790256/videos/10162491620890455/?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARBrVFBfQ8ZmctNY6IkjM3MVBgBVHa7TUYbBBc5mIWvgETxCy2u706cgK4UoUUZM8DLKuHhhpLlnMfmM&hc_ref=ARTGgd_ZJ8upsS7XVa4b5fOajqk8ZP8n1R7BCp-73nJJ5sNfYJVBYSLoiytiwoP7w3I&fref=nf

📷 Christine Johnson/ Facebook

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So, they contracted her. Obviously they knew the kind of art it was. They had her set her gear up. And then canceled. I hope they paid her

6 days ago

Freemuse

On 2 July, Russian authorities removed the majority of Nino Katamadze’s songs on popular music streaming platforms such as iTunes, Google Play Music, Yandex. Music, and Vkontakte. See here: www.sobaka.ru/city/music/93088

Previous albums from the Georgian jazz singer could be found on these music-streaming platforms. Now, however, only a few tracks are available.

While the exact reason for the removal of Katamadze’s music is unclear, Katamadze announced on her Facebook page on 30 June that she would not perform in Russia as a form of solidarity with Georgian protestors rallying against Russian involvement with Kremlin politics in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Read Katamadze's post here: www.facebook.com/nino.katamadze/posts/10217365506362187

The protests in Georgia stems from a recent conference on 20 June in Tbilisi, where the Russian State Duma MP had sat in the chair of the speaker of the Georgian Parliament. Ever since this incident, tensions between Russia and Georgia have continued.

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On 2 July, Russian authorities removed the majority of Nino Katamadze’s songs on popular music streaming platforms such as iTunes, Google Play Music, Yandex. Music, and Vkontakte. See here: http://www.sobaka.ru/city/music/93088

Previous albums from the Georgian jazz singer could be found on these music-streaming platforms. Now, however, only a few tracks are available.

While the exact reason for the removal of Katamadze’s music is unclear, Katamadze announced on her Facebook page on 30 June that she would not perform in Russia as a form of solidarity with Georgian protestors rallying against Russian involvement with Kremlin politics in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Read Katamadzes post here: https://www.facebook.com/nino.katamadze/posts/10217365506362187

The protests in Georgia stems from a recent conference on 20 June in Tbilisi, where the Russian State Duma MP had sat in the chair of the speaker of the Georgian Parliament. Ever since this incident, tensions between Russia and Georgia have continued. 

📷 Nino Katamadze/ Facebook
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Freemuse calls on the General Judiciary of the Province of Tehran to repeal the harsh sentencing of #Confess band members allow the #musicians to return to #Iran without fear of reprisal for expressing themselves artistically. #artisticexpression 👉https://t.co/AngxtsDMFR

As a part of the #EuropeProject, #Freemuse participated in a #conference organised by Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
It investigated the role of #arts and #culture in #sustainable development.
#postkodeffekten #projectforchange

We've extended the deadline for the Finance and Operation Manager position to 26 July 2019!
Don't miss your chance to apply! Find out more and apply here 👉 https://t.co/GktCb3LTPY

#Freemuse just launched #ArtisticFreedom Defenders in partnership with #RoskildeFestival.
You can join #ArtisticFreedomDefenders by signing up here https://t.co/KAgCMkN2dt

US #singer @JossStone has been deported from Iran. She is the latest #female #artist to be denied the right to artistic expression in Iran, where authorities believed she would play a solo concert - an illegal act for women in the country. Read more here: https://t.co/eBbjmYC0Qe

Did you know that in 2018 #MadameGandhi held 35 #concerts? In the same year, #Freemuse documented 48 violations of artistic freedom against #women #artists. Join the movement to defend #artisticfreedom and sign up here: https://t.co/xX0c5mGPC4
#RF2019

Missing the @Freemuse98 #2019RoskildeFestival? Don't fret! Find out how to win a free ticket to the #2020RoskildeFestival here: https://t.co/5Gs7OP0Knv #DefendArtisticFreedom

New interview between @Freemuse98 and a Maldivian artist reveals the ongoing struggle for artistic freedom in the Maldives: https://t.co/0vpCHOJEVt #FreedomofExpression #StopCensorship

Did you know that #CardiB has 7 million followers on #Facebook? Did you also know that Facebook's #CommunityGuidelines can completely remove her #online presence without explanation? Join the movement to defend #artisticfreedom and sign up here: https://t.co/xX0c5mGPC4
#RF2019

Three artists, Aziz Sohail, Abdullah Qureshi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr, offer poignant perspectives on being LGBTQ, Muslim and Pakistani: https://t.co/Os6yxRIP1L #LGBTQvisibility #freedomofexpression

We're are Roskilde Festival! Missed out on a ticket this year? Find out how you can win a chance to get in on the action at Roskilde in 2020. Details on our Facebook page.

📷 Copyright Simon Frøsig Christensen / Roskilde Festival

Thinking of poet and lyricist Galal El-Behairy as he spends his 29th birthday imprisoned in Egypt today. Read and share his work and join our call to #FreeGalal! https://t.co/J0Z4E4X42X #Egypt

This is the second birthday Galal El-Behairy has spent imprisoned in Egypt for his writing. On his last birthday, he wrote this poem https://t.co/J0Z4E4X42X #FreeGalal #Egypt

Read what people are saying about our latest report: Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence. The report explores the impact of #DigitalTransformation on #women #artists: #online #censorship & #abuse Read here 👉https://t.co/30K4rUCMW9

Today we launch our latest report – Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence @rightscon in #Tunis. The report explores the impact of #DigitalTransformation on #women #artists: #online #censorship & #abuse Read here 👉https://t.co/30K4rUCMW9

@Freemuse98 Creativity Wronged report finds indecency and religion as the main rationales for silencing women's artistic voices. Forbidden Fruit is a Copenhagen-based event focusing on the scrutiny women artists and women-centric themed art.

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“Follow our @WomenDeliver satellite event on Facebook @freemuse98. Join us on 3 June, 6 PM CEST: we discuss #women, #art and #censorship and see...

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.@Freemuse98 Creativity Wronged report finds indecency and religion as the main rationales for silencing women's artistic voices. Forbidden Fruit is a Copenhagen-based event focusing on the scrutiny women artists and women-centric themed art.

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“Follow our @WomenDeliver satellite event on Facebook @freemuse98. Join us on 3 June, 6 PM CEST: we discuss #women, #art and #censorship and see...

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Tonight, at 9.45pm Melbourne time, see you , on @ABCTV with my documentary #ChinasArtfulDissident. Directed by @dannyb_m

今晚,澳洲ABC频道见,喵本时间9点45分,北京时间7点45。
中国大陆推友可在945pm于ABC i-view网站 https://t.co/pP7DbvesBs 搜电影名,并使用VPN变成澳洲IP观看哟。

Pictures of an #artwork where ‘#MakeAmericaGreatAgain’ hats were transformed into hats featuring KKK and swastika symbolism were removed from #Facebook for violating community standards.

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