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.#Bangladeshi singer #ShariatBoyati’s bail procedure is still pending, because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Freemuse continues to call for an immediate #release of the singer from detention and for all the charges against him to be dropped.

Freemuse calls for an immediate release of Bangladeshi singer Shariat Boyati from detention and for all the charges against him to be dropped

Bangladeshi singer Shariat Boyati’s bail procedure is still pending, while the artist has been detained for almost six months.

.#Ukrainian blogger and satirist #SerhiiPoyarkov was sued by President #VolodymyrZelenskyy for parodising him in a TV show. The president accused the artist of threats of violence against him.

#artisticfreedomeurope #postkodeffekten #projectforchange

Ukrainian artist sued by the president for alleged threats against him

Ukrainian blogger and satirist Serhii Poyarkov was sued by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who accused him of threats of violence against him.

.#Ethiopian singer, songwriter and Oromo ethnic group activist #HachaluHundessa was shot in Addis Ababa. The artist later died of wounds in hospital.
He was a renowned #artist and #activist, and his sudden death induced protests across Ethiopia.

On 27 June, #Egyptian poet #GalalElBahairy celebrated his 30th birthday from jail. It is his third birthday in prison after being imprisoned in 2018 for three years on charges of “publishing false news” and “insulting the army” in his #poetry.

Egypt: Poet Galal El-Behairy has been conditionally released from the Civilian Court case

Poet will stay behind bars, having been sentenced to 3 years in prison and 10 000 Egyptian pounds (480 euros) fine in the Military Court in Cairo.

The #Egyptian radio station #Mazika postponed the release of the song 100 accounts by singers Ahmed Saad and @hassan_shakosh1 in application of the decision of the Syndicate of Musical Professions concerning the music of the #Mahraganate.

Egypt: Radio station postponed release of a song due to lack of union's permit

The Egyptian radio station Mazika postponed the release of the song “100 accounts” by singers Ahmed Saad and Hassan Shakosh.

.#Cuban visual artist #LuisManuelOteroAlcántara and rapper #MaykelOsorbo were detained.
They were taken while on their way to file a complaint because of police brutality exercised against both artists.
The #artists were released on 17 June.

Cuba: Artists Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Maykel Osorbo arbitrarily detained again

Cuban visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and rapper Maykel Osorbo were taken while on their way to file a complaint against police brutali...

BREAKING: Hachalu Hundessa, a 34-year-old popular Ethiopian protest singer was shot dead yesterday. He was more than just a singer and entertainer, he was a symbol for the Oromo people. @Freemuse98 @PENamerica @safemuse @pen_int

Hachalu Hundessa

Deadly protests erupt after Ethiopian singer killed

Demonstrations break out after the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs.

Thank you to our brilliant and insightful panellists from today's webinar "Art: Sparking sensitive discussions in #Russia and beyond". If you missed it, check out the recording 👉

.#Turkish musicians @ferhatttunc, Pınar Aydınlar and writer Gökhan Yavuzel received death threats on social media.
Tunç told #Freemuse that “threats increased after the discriminatory policy of the government”.

#artisticfreedomeurope #postkodeffekten

Turkey: Ferhat Tunç and two other artists subjected to threats online  

Musicians Ferhat Tunç, Pınar Aydınlar and writer Gökhan Yavuzel received death threats on social media.

The Tuzinne Festival, organized by @ossenyonga, was raided by the Ugandan government. ARC and @Freemuse98 condemn this act, and urge authorities to end ongoing investigations against the dancer and choreographer.

We support @GlobalPride2020 with the message from #ExecutiveDirector Dr Srirak Plipat.
“Freemuse’s research shows that there is an increase in incidents of restrictions of LGBTI artworks and artists often in the name of protecting public morality,” says Dr Plipat.

Excellent meeting with advocacy organisations from #culture #media to discuss Freedom of Artistic Expression in the age of #coronavirus & beyond @Freemuse98 @actforculture @ArtistsatRisk @UNESCOEU @IETM @EMC_IMC @CRNetInt @ewawomen @IAAEurope @ECF_tweets @article19org @jutough

@BRAVENEWEUROPE1 @amnesty denounces how #Spain, the country with most imprisoned musicians -according to @Freemuse98-, has again confirmed prison sentences for 12 rappers for the content of their lyrics.


‼️ On 12 June, South African #dancer and choreographer #KirvanFortuin was stabbed near #CapeTown and died on the way to the hospital.

The motivation for this action is not yet known, but the investigation is ongoing.

Read more here ➡️

South Africa: Dancer and LGBTI activist killed; motivation still unknown

Dancer and choreographer Kirvan Fortuin was stabbed near Cape Town and died on the way to the hospital. Motivation is still unknown.

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