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The State of Artistic Freedom 2018

The State of Artistic Freedom 2018

17 hours ago

Freemuse

It's the last week to register for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe. Freemuse and Culture Action Europe bring the debate to the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 September.

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Its the last week to register for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe. Freemuse and Culture Action Europe bring the debate to the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 September. 

Sign up by Friday 24 August 👉 http://ow.ly/44ON30luoNA

5 days ago

Freemuse

The Malaysian government ordered the removal of two LGBT activists’ portraits from an exhibition. Photographer Mooreyameen Mohamad said the directive "breaches our rights as Malaysians to artistic expression. I will continue to assert our rights."

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The Malaysian government ordered the removal of two LGBT activists’ portraits from an exhibition. Photographer Mooreyameen Mohamad said the directive breaches our rights as Malaysians to artistic expression. I will continue to assert our rights.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/D6dX30lqw3e

7 days ago

Freemuse

An art exhibition ad featuring this Picasso painting was blocked by Facebook because of its nudity policy. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts tried using three different images before taking up its case with Facebook.

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An art exhibition ad featuring this Picasso painting was blocked by Facebook because of its nudity policy. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts tried using three different images before taking up its case with Facebook.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/y6Cr30lpEF2

1 week ago

Freemuse

Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh film Christopher Robin won’t be shown in Chinese cinemas after the country’s film authorities denied its release.

The move could be part of China’s crackdown on Winnie the Pooh images, which have been used to parody Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent years.

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Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh film Christopher Robin won’t be shown in Chinese cinemas after the country’s film authorities denied its release.

The move could be part of China’s crackdown on Winnie the Pooh images, which have been used to parody Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent years.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/HTEv30loH7S

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics, such as This Is Nigeria by rapper Falz. His lyrics include: "This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal."

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A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics, such as This Is Nigeria by rapper Falz. His lyrics include: This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/P9B130llLcV

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Zambian musician Chama Fumba, also known as Pilato, returns to court today—10 August—over charges related to participation in a September 2017 peaceful protest outside parliament concerning the purchase of 42 fire-fighting vehicles for 850,000 euros ($1 million USD) each, which was widely seen as exorbitant and a misuse of public funds.

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Zambian musician Chama Fumba, also known as Pilato, returns to court today—10 August—over charges related to participation in a September 2017 peaceful protest outside parliament concerning the purchase of 42 fire-fighting vehicles for 850,000 euros ($1 million USD) each, which was widely seen as exorbitant and a misuse of public funds.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/APMP30llDaD

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Have you signed up for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe? Freemuse and Culture Action Europe bring the debate to Brussels on 4 September, hosted by MEP Julie Ward S&D.

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Have you signed up for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe? Freemuse and Culture Action Europe bring the debate to Brussels on 4 September, hosted by MEP Julie Ward S&D. 

Register here 👉 http://ow.ly/iU9W30lkKyz

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Freemuse and CADAL call for urgent intervention from the international community to save free speech and cultural expression, after the Cuban government published a new decree that institutionalizes censorship of independent art and culture.

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Freemuse and CADAL call for urgent intervention from the international community to save free speech and cultural expression, after the Cuban government published a new decree that institutionalizes censorship of independent art and culture. 

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/1zI930ljRtr

 

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2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Imprisoned Turkish artist Zehra Doğan isn’t allowed to paint in jail. She makes do with what she has—using food scraps for colour, honey for glue and discarded wrappers for canvases—yet Turkish guards continue to destroy her artwork, claiming it is forbidden.

Freemuse renews its call for Turkish authorities to release Zehra Doğan.

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Imprisoned Turkish artist Zehra Doğan isn’t allowed to paint in jail. She makes do with what she has—using food scraps for colour, honey for glue and discarded wrappers for canvases—yet Turkish guards continue to destroy her artwork, claiming it is forbidden.

Freemuse renews its call for Turkish authorities to release Zehra Doğan.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/ORZR30ljSL7

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

Freemuse calls for the immediate release of Shahidul Alam and charges against him to be dropped. The renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist was arrested and charged with making “provocative comments” on 5 August.

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Freemuse calls for the immediate release of Shahidul Alam and charges against him to be dropped. The renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist was arrested and charged with making “provocative comments” on 5 August.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/3xRq30liOAG

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

K-Pop star Jimin, from boy band BTS, has received a second death threat ahead of the group’s upcoming Love Yourself world tour, which kicks off later this month.

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K-Pop star Jimin, from boy band BTS, has received a second death threat ahead of the group’s upcoming Love Yourself world tour, which kicks off later this month.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/29Zc30lhIHa

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 1 August 2018, Cuban musician and lead singer of the punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila was temporarily detained and held in a police car under sweltering temperatures for almost two hours in Havana.

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On 1 August 2018, Cuban musician and lead singer of the punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila was temporarily detained and held in a police car under sweltering temperatures for almost two hours in Havana.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/D2NT30lfJBT

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

An art gallery in Portland, Oregon removed a controversial image from its front window that showed Donald Trump having his throat cut with a knife, after the gallery received threats of violence.

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An art gallery in Portland, Oregon removed a controversial image from its front window that showed Donald Trump having his throat cut with a knife, after the gallery received threats of violence.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/fVe830lfHK7

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

A 14-year-old boy in England was banned from performing a drag act at his school’s end-of-year talent show because it was deemed “age inappropriate”.

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A 14-year-old boy in England was banned from performing a drag act at his school’s end-of-year talent show because it was deemed “age inappropriate”.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/90mX30lfGJn

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❗️Café owner forced to have murals of London officials removed❗️

On 19 July 2018, Camden Council removed murals depicting London mayor Sadiq Khan wearing a mankini and Prime Minister Theresa May wearing lingerie decorated with EU stars. The street art was displayed on the Food Bazaar Café. The council claimed the works fell into a “contentious” category, which includes anything determined to be “obscene, racist, political, and religious”.

Café owner Said Effafali remarked that the murals were positive for his business and believes that they were only removed because it depicted British officials.

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❗️Café owner forced to have murals of London officials removed❗️

On 19 July 2018, Camden Council removed murals depicting London mayor Sadiq Khan wearing a mankini and  Prime Minister Theresa May wearing lingerie decorated with EU stars. The street art was displayed on the Food Bazaar Café. The council claimed the works fell into a “contentious” category, which includes anything determined to be “obscene, racist, political, and religious”. 

Café owner Said Effafali remarked that the murals were positive for his business and believes that they were only removed because it depicted British officials. 

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/xlms30leGFI

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❗️Indian novelist threatened over publication❗️

On 21 July 2018, Malayalam writer S Hareesh announced that he would no longer be publishing installments of his novel Meesha (Moustache) in Malayalam weekly Mathrubhumi.

Right-wing extremists were angered at the writer and alleged that his novel portrayed Hindu women to be indecent, specifically focusing on a conversation between two characters in which one of them remarks that well-dressed girls who visit temples are unknowingly insinuating their readiness for sex. The extremists have disrupted events promoting the novel and have issued violent threats against the writer and his family.

Read more here 👉 ow.ly/yKGy30leBpV

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❗️Indian novelist threatened over publication❗️

On 21 July 2018, Malayalam writer S Hareesh announced that he would no longer be publishing installments of his novel Meesha (Moustache) in Malayalam weekly Mathrubhumi.

Right-wing extremists were angered at the writer and alleged that his novel portrayed Hindu women to be indecent, specifically focusing on a conversation between two characters in which one of them remarks that well-dressed girls who visit temples are unknowingly insinuating their readiness for sex. The extremists have disrupted events promoting the novel and have issued violent threats against the writer and his family. 

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/yKGy30leBpV 

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3 weeks ago

Freemuse

Popular Tanzanian hip hop artist Diamond Platnumz (real name Naseeb Abdul Juma) was blocked from boarding an international flight on 26 July 2018 because he failed to get a permit from the Tanzanian national arts council—Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA)—to perform overseas.

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Popular Tanzanian hip hop artist Diamond Platnumz (real name Naseeb Abdul Juma) was blocked from boarding an international flight on 26 July 2018 because he failed to get a permit from the Tanzanian national arts council—Baraza la Sanaa la Taifa (BASATA)—to perform overseas.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/g8LM30lep7l

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❗️Sentencing Alert❗️

On 31 July 2018, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced to five months in Israeli prison on the charge of inciting terrorism and supporting Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad who are considered a terrorist group by the Israeli government.

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❗️Sentencing Alert❗️

On 31 July 2018, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced to five months in Israeli prison on the charge of inciting terrorism and supporting Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad who are considered a terrorist group by the Israeli government.

Read more here  👉 http://ow.ly/rnPI30lep34

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

❗️Sentencing Alert❗️

Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to three years in jail and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (480 euros) on 31 July for “publishing false news” and “insulting the army” through his poetry.

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❗️Sentencing Alert❗️

Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to three years in jail and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (480 euros) on 31 July for “publishing false news” and “insulting the army” through his poetry.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/1z7430ldHsT

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

On 4 July 2018, nine members of Teatr.Doc were detained by Moscow police officers who refused to provide a legitimate reason for having approached the group while they were walking through a city park. The officers said the theatre members appeared as though they were using drugs.

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On 4 July 2018, nine members of Teatr.Doc were detained by Moscow police officers who refused to provide a legitimate reason for having approached the group while they were walking through a city park. The officers said the theatre members appeared as though they were using drugs.

Read more here 👉 http://ow.ly/D4sj30lbdQ0
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It's the last week to register for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe. @Freemuse98 and @actforculture bring the debate to the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 September.

Sign up by Friday 24 August 👉 https://t.co/skYkdn87wy

The Malaysian government ordered the removal of two #LGBT activists’ portraits from a #photography exhibition by @mooreyameen at @GT_Festival

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/GEEM8lkvhM

We stand with @Freemuse98 in renewing their call for #Turkish authorities to release #artist Zehra Dogan. Zehra’s imprisonment is an attack on #FreeExpression. Read the full statement here: https://t.co/uvQP4vncro #ArtIsNotACrime

An advert with this #Picasso painting was blocked by Facebook because of its nudity policy. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts tried using three different images before taking up its case with the social media giant.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/8hZHYrHlga

Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh film #ChristopherRobin has been denied release in #China. The move could be part of China’s crackdown on #WinnieThePooh images, which have been used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent years.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/2lWfVvXEq1

A Nigerian radio station has been fined for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics, including This Is Nigeria by rapper Falz @falzthebahdguy. His "vulgar" lyrics: 'This is Nigeria. Look how we living now, everybody be criminal'

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/fK18Gv4IsU

The court hearing for Zambian musician Chama Fumba @iampilato resumes today— 10 August 2018. He has been on a 30,000 kwacha (2,480 euros) bail since 21 May over charges related to participation in a September 2017 peaceful protest.

Read more here 👉https://t.co/xibmEf33bD

Have you signed up for our Listen to the Silenced event about the state of artistic freedom in Europe? @Freemuse98 and @actforculture bring the debate to Brussels on 4 September, hosted by @julie4nw.
Register here 👉 https://t.co/99G7cU2jT0

Imprisoned Turkish artist Zehra Doğan isn’t allowed to paint in jail. She uses what she has — food scraps for colour and discarded wrappers for canvases— yet guards destroy her artwork.

Freemuse renews its call for Turkish authorities to release Doğan 👉 https://t.co/Dbluy0y2m4

Freemuse calls for the immediate release of Shahidul Alam @shahidul and charges against him to be dropped. The #Bangladesh photographer & activist was arrested & charged with making “provocative comments”. #FreeShahidulAlam

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/1zpd8bSIKz

#Kpop star #Jimin, a vocalist in boy band BTS @bts_bighit @BTS_twt , has received another death threat ahead of the group’s upcoming Love Yourself world tour.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/kAqzv1NHlM

#Cuban musician and lead singer of the #punkrock band Porno para Ricardo, #GorkiÁguila was temporarily #detained and held in a #police car under sweltering temperatures for almost two hours in #Havana.

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

An #art gallery in Portland, Oregon removed a controversial #artwork showing Donald Trump having his throat cut with a knife, after receiving threats of violence. @OneGrandGallery @realDonaldTrump

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/eiqzkKx8c9

Lewis Bailey aka @TheAthenaHeart was banned from performing a #dragact at his school’s end-of-year talent show in the UK because it was deemed “age inappropriate”. #LGBT #pride

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

#CamdenCouncil removed #murals depicting #London mayor #SadiqKhan wearing a mankini and Prime Minister #TheresaMay wearing lingerie decorated with EU stars on claims that the works fell into a “contentious” category.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/JjpCbeqxn5

#Malayalam writer #SHareesh announced that he would no longer be publishing installments of his novel #Meesha in #Malayalam weekly #Mathrubhumi due to violent actions and threats from right-wing #extremists.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/MqouZt85tV

📷Wikipedia Commons

#Tanzanian hip hop artist #DiamondPlatnumz was blocked from boarding an international flight on 26 July 2018 because he failed to get a permit from the #Tanzanian national arts council to perform overseas.

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/3MEFiWm5zh

#Palestinian poet #DareenTatour was #sentenced to five months in #Israeli prison on the charge of inciting terrorism and supporting #Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad who are considered a terrorist group by the #Israeli government

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/QnhJx6NzZu

#Egyptian poet #GalalElBehairy was #sentenced to three years in jail and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (480 euros) on 31 July for “publishing false news” and “insulting the army” through his #poetry. #FreeGalal

Read more here 👉 https://t.co/UgUHkoH6Sk

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