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.#Poet #AhmetTelli was acquitted of "insulting the president" in the #socialmedia posts during the third session of the 22nd Ankara Court of First Instance in #Turkey on 7 January.

The acquittance was announced due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Turkey: Poet acquitted of allegedly insulting president Erdoğan

Poet Ahmet Telli was acquitted of “insulting the president” in the social media posts during the third session of the 22nd Ankara Court of...

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Five #actors and #actresses from the #YenikapıTheatre were released on bail on 18 January after their detention on 14 January connected with the investigation conducted against the Socialist Party of the Oppressed.

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Turkey: Actors and actresses arrested during raids against a political party

Five actors and actresses were released on bail after their detention connected with the investigation against the Socialist Party of the Oppressed.

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The EBL Coalition welcomes news that the secular #Kano State High Court has ordered a retrial in the case of singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu following fair trial concerns & calls on authorities in #Nigeria to #EndBlasphemyLaws

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The Board of Protection of Minors from Obscene Publications in #Turkey announced the children's #book "Storybook Series 3: I am reading too – #MagicalRainbow" to be an obscene #publication.
The book can now be sold only to adults. #knowartisticrights

Turkey: Children’s book deemed ‘obscene’ and have its distribution restricted

The Board of Protection of Minors from Obscene Publications announced the children’s book "Magical Rainbow", to be an obscene publication.

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📅 Join us at the online @URBACT's #event on "LGBT DISCRIMINATION: #EUROPEAN AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AND ACTIONS" at 3 PM CET on Monday 25 January!
Freemuse will speak during the event about #LGBTI artists, #art and #artisticfreedom.

LGBT DISCRIMINATION: EUROPEAN AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AND ACTIONS

Agenda of the Workshop 15:00Welcome and introduction15:05Presentation of the 2020 EU Fundamental Rights Agency Report:” A long way to go for LGB...

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.#Belarusian newspaper wrote an article directly threatening Co-founders of @BFreeTheatre #NataliaKaliada and #NicolaiKhalezin .
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Degrading state of artistic freedom in wake of Belarus presidential elections

Freemuse joins Belarus Free Theatre’s call to ensure freedom of artistic expression in Belarus – a right that is ensured under the country&#82...

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@Freemuse98, @DrikBangladesh, and @pen_int have submitted a mid-term report in preparation for the @UN Universal Periodic Review of #Bangladesh in 2023. Read our recommendations and full report here ➡️ https://t.co/G9mCQm8s9W

.#SriLankan #poet #AhnafJazeem remains in detention after being arrested in 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for allegedly "promoting Muslim extremism" in his #poetrybook "#Navarasam". The court hearing is scheduled for March 2021.

Sri Lanka: Poet detained for allegedly ‘promoting Muslim extremism’ in his poetry book

Ahnaf Jazeem remains in detention after being arrested in May 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in relation to his poetry book.

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Freemuse, @DrikBangladesh, and @pen_int have submitted a mid-term report on Bangladesh in preparation of the Universal Periodic Review (#UPR) of #Bangladesh in 2023.

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Freemuse, Drik and PEN International submit UPR mid-term report on Bangladesh

In preparation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bangladesh in 2023, Freemuse, Drik, and PEN International have submitted a mid-term repo...

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A court in #Chile dismissed a complaint filed against the #collective of #artists @lastesisoficial by The Chilean Police Force on the grounds of "attack on authority" and "threat" in a #video.

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Chile: Police Force's complaint against feminist collective for allegedly inciting violence against them dismissed

The court ruled a dismissal on the complaint filed against Las Tesis by The Chilean Police Force on the grounds of “attack on authority” a...

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Freemuse and @ICHRI call for the #Iranian authorities to immediately drop charges of conspiracy, membership of an illegal organisation and propaganda against #ArashGanji.

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#freedomofartisticexpression #knowartisticrights #FreeArashGanji

. @ferhatttunc's trial was adjourned to 6 April 2021 and German authorities rejected #Turkey's request for taking the artist's statement in #Germany.

Sign the petition calling for all charges against Tunç to be dropped https://t.co/K0rNmVVUEr
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Turkey: Ferhat Tunç's trial over social media posts continues

The trial had been adjourned to 6 April 2021, and German authorities rejected Turkey's request for taking the artist's statement in Germany.

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"The role of artists anywhere in the world can be understood as a journalistic task that records realities," - interview with #JotaRamos, #Colombian #rapper targeted because of his activism.

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Interview with Jota Ramos, Colombian rapper targeted because of his activism

Jota Ramos has been receiving threats since he arrived in Villa Rica after completing Amnesty International’s protection programme for his activ...

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❗️❗️Turkey: Children's book ‘Magical Rainbow’ declared to be an obscene publication having the potential to harm children’s mental health. The book tells the story of a child who imagines walking beneath the rainbow with a friend and changing their sex.🏳️‍🌈
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We've extended the deadline for the Project Manager – Small Changes Project position based in #Lebanon to 𝟭𝟳 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭!
Find out more and apply here ➡️ https://t.co/aVLApj0A6c
#jobopening #jobopeninglebanon #joblisting #joblistinglebanon

.#Filmdirector #AnonnoMamun and actor #ShaheenMridha have been charged in #Bangladesh with "making a film with pornographic content" concerning the film #NababLLB.

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Bangladesh: Film director and actor charged for allegedly making a film with ‘offensive and obscene dialogue’

Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court charged Anonno Mamun and Shaheen Mridha with "making a film with pornographic content" in the film "Nabab LLB".

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Article on "Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020" in @hyperallergic with insights from Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director.

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Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020

Human rights experts have expressed distress that the pandemic has increased attacks against free speech, LBGTQ+ rights, and peaceful assembly.

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