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The State of Artistic Freedom 2018

The State of Artistic Freedom 2018

7 days ago

Freemuse

In June 2018, Russian artist Denis Lopatin announced that he will be leaving Russia in pursuit of political asylum in France due to threats he has received regarding a caricature drawn of nationalist lawmaker and former Chief Prosecutor of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya.

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In June 2018, Russian artist Denis Lopatin announced that he will be leaving Russia in pursuit of political asylum in France due to threats he has received regarding a caricature drawn of nationalist lawmaker and former Chief Prosecutor of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya.

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1 week ago

Freemuse

On 20 June 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Espectáculos Públicos y Radiofonía, the agency responsible for regulating radio and television content within the Dominican Republic, announced that eight more songs and their accompanying music videos have been banned from circulation due to their “vulgar content”.

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On 20 June 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Espectáculos Públicos y Radiofonía, the agency responsible for regulating radio and television content within the Dominican Republic, announced that eight more songs and their accompanying music videos have been banned from circulation due to their “vulgar content”.

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1 week ago

Freemuse

Scottish band uninvited and then reinvited to German festival

On 12 June 2018, Scottish band Young Fathers had their invitation to Ruhrtriennale, a German music and arts festival, voided after refusing to distance themselves from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is grounded in the idea that Israel’s treatment of Palestine is exploitative and should be protested and condemned. Notably, the members of Young Fathers assured fans that they “do not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia”.

A little over a week following the incident, the festival’s organizers reinvited the band to not only perform at the event, but to also take the opportunity to explain their positioning and to clarify that to be critical of Israel’s government is not synonymous with being anti-Israeli.

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Scottish band uninvited and then reinvited to German festival 

On 12 June 2018, Scottish band Young Fathers had their invitation to Ruhrtriennale, a German music and arts festival, voided after refusing to distance themselves from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is grounded in the idea that Israel’s treatment of Palestine is exploitative and should be protested and condemned. Notably, the members of Young Fathers assured fans that  they “do not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia”.

A little over a week following the incident, the festival’s organizers reinvited the band to not only perform at the event, but to also take the opportunity to explain their positioning and to clarify that to be critical of Israel’s government is not synonymous with being anti-Israeli. 

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/RC6K30kOf8t 

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Of course you can criticise the Israeli government without being anti-semitic, just as you can criticise the Pakistani government without being islamophobic, or the South African government without being anti black for example. It's so obvious I don't know why such incidents occur.

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

❌Chinese authorities ban HBO and John Oliver❌

On 23 June 2018, Chinese authorities blocked HBO’s website as well as John Oliver and his talk show from Weibo, a popular social media site in China, after Oliver commented on China’s extensive censorship practices regarding comparisons made to President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh. Inkstone, a China-focused news outlet affiliated with the South China Morning Post, was the first to notice the block after reporters realized they were unable to post news about Oliver on Weibo.

HBO and Oliver are just two of a long list of Western media and entertainment entities that have been censored in China in attempt to maintain political stability within the country.

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❌Chinese authorities ban HBO and John Oliver❌

On 23 June 2018, Chinese authorities blocked HBO’s website as well as John Oliver and his talk show from Weibo, a popular social media site in China, after Oliver commented on China’s extensive censorship practices regarding comparisons made to President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh. Inkstone, a China-focused news outlet affiliated with the South China Morning Post, was the first to notice the block after reporters realized they were unable to post news about Oliver on Weibo.

HBO and Oliver are just two of a long list of Western media and entertainment entities that have been censored in China in attempt to maintain political stability within the country.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/2Ykc30kOhaZ 

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2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Egypt’s Censorship Board revoked ban on film👍

On 12 June 2018, Egypt’s Censorship Board decided to revoke its decision to ban the screening of Khaled Youssef’s upcoming film “Karma”. A day prior to the decision, the board had ruled to withdraw the film’s screening license, citing that it "violated the licensing terms granted". No further explanation was given and, according to Youssef, when he pressed the board members for more details, he was simply told that they were instructed by someone to rescind the license.

Thankfully, Youssef informed fans the following morning that his screening license had been reinstated. The film’s release premiered during Eid as originally scheduled.

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Egypt’s Censorship Board revoked ban on film👍

On 12 June 2018, Egypt’s Censorship Board decided to revoke its decision to ban the screening of Khaled Youssef’s upcoming film “Karma”. A day prior to the decision, the board had ruled to withdraw the film’s screening license, citing that it violated the licensing terms granted. No further explanation was given and, according to Youssef, when he pressed the board members for more details, he was simply told that they were instructed by someone to rescind the license. 

Thankfully, Youssef informed fans the following morning that his screening license had been reinstated. The film’s release premiered during Eid as originally scheduled. 

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2 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 27 June 2018, Cuban punk musician Gorki Águila was prevented from boarding a plane traveling from Cuba to Miami at the José Martí International Airport after being informed by Cuban Customs that there was a travel restriction placed on him by the Cuban government, the artist told Freemuse.

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On 27 June 2018, Cuban punk musician Gorki Águila was prevented from boarding a plane traveling from Cuba to Miami at the José Martí International Airport after being informed by Cuban Customs that there was a travel restriction placed on him by the Cuban government, the artist told Freemuse.

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2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Saudi Arabia censors approve screening of Arabic film👍

On 14 June 2018, Saudi Arabia censors cleared the release of “The Message”, a 1976 film about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The approval comes at a momentous time in Saudi Arabia history, as it recently broke its thirty-five year ban on cinema with films such as “Black Panther” and “A Quiet Place”.

Originally a source of controversy, the film was forbidden to be screened during its original time. Now, over forty years later, both the English and Arabic versions of the film have been approved for screening by the board.

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Saudi Arabia censors approve screening of Arabic film👍

On 14 June 2018, Saudi Arabia censors cleared the release of “The Message”, a 1976 film about the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The approval comes at a momentous time in Saudi Arabia history, as it recently broke its thirty-five year ban on cinema with films such as “Black Panther” and “A Quiet Place”. 

Originally a source of controversy, the film was forbidden to be screened during its original time. Now, over forty years later, both the English and Arabic versions of the film have been approved for screening by the board.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/W83730kO9ZQ 

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2 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 7 June 2018, the previously blocked film “Kaala” was screened on a limited release within the southern state of Karnataka despite protests.

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On 7 June 2018, the previously blocked film “Kaala” was screened on a limited release within the southern state of Karnataka despite protests.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/UjPH30kPjOQ

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Florida mural by Los Angeles based artist is approved after six-month dispute👍

After half a year of debate and controversy, Melbourne’s Planning and Zoning Board voted on 7 June 2018 to uphold the Historic and Architectural Review Board’s (HARB) approval of a Matt Gondek mural currently on display in the Eau Gallie district of Melbourne, Florida.

The mural was a source of much contention due to some members of the community claiming the artwork, which displays deconstructed cartoon art, as being too “violent”. Prior to the mural’s official approval, the Planning Zoning Board held a three-and-a-half hour hearing in which arguments were presented on whether or not HARB had approved the art using “competent, substantial evidence”.

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Florida mural by Los Angeles based artist is approved after six-month dispute👍

After half a year of debate and controversy, Melbourne’s Planning and Zoning Board voted on 7 June 2018 to uphold the Historic and Architectural Review Board’s (HARB) approval of a Matt Gondek mural currently on display in the Eau Gallie district of Melbourne, Florida. 

The mural was a source of much contention due to some members of the community claiming the artwork, which displays deconstructed cartoon art, as being too “violent”. Prior to the mural’s official approval, the Planning Zoning Board held a three-and-a-half hour hearing in which arguments were presented on whether or not HARB had approved the art using “competent, substantial evidence”. 

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/qKxK30kNxpd 

📷 Community Supported Mural in Melbourne / Facebook

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

❌Artwork from Ukrainian artist gets banned by Facebook❌

Andriy Yermolenko created a series of posters that depict his contempt for Russia’s human rights violations. Among the red and black designs included references to the take down of flight MH-17, torture of police and an illustration of a bloody Zabivak, the mascot of the Russian championship. Yermolenko posted the images to his personal Facebook page just before the games for the 2018 World Cup commenced.

The images were promptly removed from the artist’s Facebook page, with Facebook claiming that the artwork violated their community guidelines. They have since been reinstated to Yermolenko’s account and can be viewed on his page.

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❌Artwork from Ukrainian artist gets banned by Facebook❌

Andriy Yermolenko created a series of posters that depict his contempt for Russia’s human rights violations. Among the red and black designs included references to the take down of flight MH-17, torture of police and an illustration of a bloody Zabivak, the mascot of the Russian championship. Yermolenko posted the images to his personal Facebook page just before the games for the 2018 World Cup commenced.

The images were promptly removed from the artist’s Facebook page, with Facebook claiming that the artwork violated their community guidelines. They have since been reinstated to Yermolenko’s account and can be viewed on his page. 

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/BEsb30kNr1t 

📷 Andriy Yermolenko / Facebook

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

🏳️‍🌈Audiences demand the release of the film "Love, Simon" in India🏳️‍🌈

Despite reportedly having received certification from the Central Board of Film Certification on 6 February 2018, the LGBTQ coming of age film “Love, Simon” has yet to be screened in Indian theatres. Originally scheduled to be available to Indian audiences on 1 June 2018, expectant viewers were alarmed when they attempted to purchase tickets for the previously announced screening times and were told that they were no longer available.

Parsoon Joshi, chairperson for the CBFC, denies that the film has been banned, instead insisting that there is “no audience interest in India for films on homosexuality”. Conversely, fans took to social media to demand the film be shown, utilizing the hashtag #ReleaseLoveSimoninIndia to express their discontentment.

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🏳️‍🌈Audiences demand the release of the film Love, Simon in India🏳️‍🌈

Despite reportedly having received certification from the Central Board of Film Certification on 6 February 2018, the LGBTQ coming of age film “Love, Simon” has yet to be screened in Indian theatres. Originally scheduled to be available to Indian audiences on 1 June 2018, expectant viewers were alarmed when they attempted to purchase tickets for the previously announced screening times and were told that they were no longer available.

Parsoon Joshi, chairperson for the CBFC, denies that the film has been banned, instead insisting that there is “no audience interest in India for films on homosexuality”. Conversely, fans took to social media to demand the film be shown, utilizing the hashtag #ReleaseLoveSimoninIndia to express their discontentment.

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/tXKc30kNmmT 

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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 26 May 2018, thirty protesters from local extremist group Decent People rushed onto the stage during a theatre festival in Brno in an attempt to disrupt the performance of the play “Our Violence and Your Violence” by Croatian director Oliver Frljic.

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On 26 May 2018, thirty protesters from local extremist group Decent People rushed onto the stage during a theatre festival in Brno in an attempt to disrupt the performance of the play “Our Violence and Your Violence” by Croatian director Oliver Frljic.

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/3aRA30kKYUT

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 29 May 2018, Cairo Criminal Court ruled to lift the travel restrictions placed on Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji.

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On 29 May 2018, Cairo Criminal Court ruled to lift the travel restrictions placed on Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji.

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/HEAA30kKYCe

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy sentencing postponed; Zambian musician Pilato trial adjourned; Three Turkish rappers detained and charged.

Check out Freemuse’s June 2018 newsletter for more information!

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Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy sentencing postponed; Zambian musician Pilato trial adjourned; Three Turkish rappers detained and charged. 

Check out Freemuse’s June 2018 newsletter for more information!

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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❌Twitter suspends account because of photograph of nude figure❌

Twitter suspended the account of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando for several hours after it shared a photograph of a nude figure designed by Valentín Carderera in 1820. Fortunately, the account was reactivated shortly following the incident.

Social media platforms have been known to censor any imagery of the nude human body, often times making the drastic decision of removing entire accounts, as Twitter did in this instance.

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❌Twitter suspends account because of photograph of nude figure❌

Twitter suspended the account of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando for several hours after it shared a photograph of a nude figure designed by Valentín Carderera in 1820. Fortunately, the account was reactivated shortly following the incident.

Social media platforms have been known to censor any imagery of the nude human body, often times making the drastic decision of removing entire accounts, as Twitter did in this instance.

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/CdPO30kHCBU 

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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❌Artist’s Instagram account removed❌

On 15 April 2018, Instagram removed the account of French painter, Laina Hadengue, after she posted a picture of her painting, “Thread of the days”, in which a woman’s right breast is visible to the viewer, something that Instagram deems to be inappropriate for its users.

In response to having her account remove, the artist released a statement online, denouncing not only the eroticism of a woman’s breast, which she uses as a symbol for motherhood and menopause, but also insists that Instagram’s policy is “particularly worrying for the future of creators”. Hadengue’s account was eventually restored at the end of May 2018.

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❌Artist’s Instagram account removed❌ 

On 15 April 2018, Instagram removed the account of French painter, Laina Hadengue, after she posted a picture of her painting, “Thread of the days”, in which a woman’s right breast is visible to the viewer, something that Instagram deems to be inappropriate for its users.

In response to having her account remove, the artist released a statement online, denouncing not only the eroticism of a woman’s breast, which she uses as a symbol for motherhood and menopause, but also insists that Instagram’s policy is “particularly worrying for the future of creators”. Hadengue’s account was eventually restored at the end of May 2018. 

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/hh6o30kGIUT 
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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

The hearing for Indonesian rock musician, Ahmad Dhani, who is being charged with spreading hate speech online, has been postponed until 2 July by the Chairman of the South Jakarta District Court, Judge Ratmoho, due to a scheduled witness for the prosecution having fallen ill.

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The hearing for Indonesian rock musician, Ahmad Dhani, who is being charged with spreading hate speech online, has been postponed until 2 July by the Chairman of the South Jakarta District Court, Judge Ratmoho, due to a scheduled witness for the prosecution having fallen ill.

Read more here👉 http://ow.ly/e1pU30kGrMo

4 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 5 June 2018, Nuri Kurtcebe, a prominent Turkish cartoonist, was granted conditional release by a Turkish court in lieu of his 14-month imprisonment on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his drawings published in 2015.

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On 5 June 2018, Nuri Kurtcebe, a prominent Turkish cartoonist, was granted conditional release by a Turkish court in lieu of his 14-month imprisonment on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his drawings published in 2015.

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4 weeks ago

Freemuse

The Hamburg Higher Court, on 15 May 2018, ruled to dismiss Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appeal to ban German comedian Jan Böhmermann’s poem due to claims of insult and mockery.

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The Hamburg Higher Court, on 15 May 2018, ruled to dismiss Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appeal to ban German comedian Jan Böhmermann’s poem due to claims of insult and mockery.

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Raport o stanie wolności artystycznej 2018 #TheStateofArtisticFreedom2018 by @Freemuse98 https://t.co/RHWsx4LEpO
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#Russian artist #DenisLopatin announced that he will be leaving #Russia in pursuit of #politicalasylum in #France due to #threats he has received regarding a caricature drawn of nationalist lawmaker #NatalyaPoklonskaya.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/1ytC2ah0wF

On 20 June 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Espectáculos Públicos y Radiofonía announced that eight more #songs and their accompanying music videos have been #banned from circulation due to their #vulgar content.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/H6dr0OXAza

#YoungFathers was univited to #Ruhrtriennale, a German music and arts festival, after refusing to distance themselves from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The band has since been reinvited.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/J6rEqa2kTf

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#Chinese authorities blocked #HBO's website as well as #JohnOliver and his talk show from #Weibo after he commented on China’s extensive #censorship regarding comparisons made to President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/J1XZd0yokR

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My colleagues from @amnesty can really throw some shapes, especially when it's to tell #Iran (& the world) that #DancingIsNotACrime. #برقص_تا_برقصیم 🕺🏽💃🏽

On 12 June 2018, #Egypt’s Censorship Board decided to revoke its decision to #ban the screening of #KhaledYoussef’s upcoming film “Karma”.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/Zxjdbz93zd

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#Cuban punk musician #GorkiÁguila was prevented from boarding a plane traveling from Cuba to Miami after being informed by Cuban Customs that there was a #travelban placed on him by the #Cuban #government.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/2sGCA1BZKz

#SaudiArabia film censors approve screening of #TheMessenger over forty years after it was originally banned in the region.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/Vhtq8G8HX3

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On 7 June 2018, the previously blocked film #Kaala was screened on a limited release within the southern state of #Karnataka despite protests.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/GgTs6vdADf

After half a year of debate and controversy, cartoon mural by #LA based artist #MattGondek has been approved for display in #Florida.

Read more here👉 https://t.co/W5xc1jC7dc

📷 Community Supported Mural in Melbourne / Facebook

#Facebook bans anti-Russia artwork by a #Ukrainian artist claiming it #violated their community guidelines.

Read more here👉 https://t.co/12Fo435um9

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Audiences demand that theatres #ReleaseLoveSimoninIndia after the popular coming of age #LGBTQ film failed to be screened despite its scheduled debut on 1 June.

Read more here👉 https://t.co/ll2fRNPDSo

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“They can never cage the ideas of an artist. They want all of us to sing love songs yet some of us prefer addressing socio-political issues affecting society.”
- MC Sugu, aka Hon. Joseph Mbilinyi, MP

Thirty protesters from local #extremist group rushed onto the stage during a #theatre festival in Brno in an attempt to disrupt the performance of the #play “Our Violence and Your Violence” by Croatian director #OliverFrljic.

Read more here👉 https://t.co/O66dn0Jjr2

#Cairo Criminal Court ruled to lift the travel restrictions placed on #Egyptian writer #AhmedNaji.

Read more here👉 https://t.co/YNRbqTvnAz

The #trial of #Zambian musician #Pilato has been adjourned until August. Read more about the case in our June 2018 newsletter!

Read more here👉 https://t.co/Pp8xA8rwHF

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