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1 week ago

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The dissolution of Moroccan-based human rights and culture organisation Racines - جذور has just been confirmed by the Court of Appeal in Casablanca.

Freemuse stands with Racines and its important work in engaging in cultural events and stimulating and initiating dialogues, as well as acting as a beacon for freedom of expression in the country.

We call on the authorities in Morocco to immediately reverse the decision.
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1 week ago

Freemuse

Award-winning Sinhala novelist Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 and placed on bail until 9 April 2019 by a magistrate in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka. He was charged with inciting "religious hatred" in his short story, which contained indirect references to homosexuality among the Buddhist clergy. 🔴

The novelist published his fiction short story Ardha (Partial) on Facebook and in local Sinhalese language publications.

Sri Lanka continues to legally prohibit same-sex relationships under an 1883 colonial-era law.
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Award-winning Sinhala novelist Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 and placed on bail until 9 April 2019 by a magistrate in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka. He was charged with inciting religious hatred in his short story, which contained indirect references to homosexuality among the Buddhist clergy. 🔴

The novelist published his fiction short story Ardha (Partial) on Facebook and in local Sinhalese language publications. 

Sri Lanka continues to legally prohibit same-sex relationships under an 1883 colonial-era law.

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

A fifth lawsuit has been filed against musician Ferhat Tunç, this time for “insulting the then Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım” in 2016.‼️

Büyükçekmece Chief Public Prosecutor's Office charged Tunç for a tweet he posted in response to a statement by Yıldırım, saying "You must be kidding...The millions who voted for HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) is so honorable to not kneel down before your dictator whom you prostrate yourself before."

"Turkey is no longer a free and safe country for artists. The government is politically repressing artists who do not admit to its ‘power’, and they stop their support for those who want to create art pieces,” Tunç told Freemuse.

Read more here ➡️ bit.ly/2S5Xyw1
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A fifth lawsuit has been filed against musician Ferhat Tunç, this time for “insulting the then Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım” in 2016.‼️

Büyükçekmece Chief Public Prosecutors Office charged Tunç for a tweet he posted in response to a statement by Yıldırım, saying You must be kidding...The millions who voted for HDP (Peoples Democratic Party) is so honorable to not kneel down before your dictator whom you prostrate yourself before.

Turkey is no longer a free and safe country for artists. The government is politically repressing artists who do not admit to its ‘power’, and they stop their support for those who want to create art pieces,” Tunç told Freemuse. 

Read more here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2S5Xyw1

2 weeks ago

Freemuse

The Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov has been released from house arrest after 20 months of detention.

On 8 April 2019 a Moscow city court judge overturned a decision by a lower tribunal to extend Kirill Serebrennikov’s arrest for three months. Serebrennikov will now be able to work as long as he stays in Moscow.

Serebrennikov remains accused of defrauding the Russian state but continues to affirm his innocence.

Read more here ➡️ bit.ly/2Ik62tc
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The Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov has been released from house arrest after 20 months of detention.

On 8 April 2019 a Moscow city court judge overturned a decision by a lower tribunal to extend Kirill Serebrennikov’s arrest for three months. Serebrennikov will now be able to work as long as he stays in Moscow.

Serebrennikov remains accused of defrauding the Russian state but continues to affirm his innocence.

Read more here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Ik62tc

3 weeks ago

Freemuse

We were so honored to meet the photographer and activist Shahidul Alam in our offices at PEN America today! Shahidul gave an insightful talk on the state of free expression in Bangladesh and how we can support its local creative community.

Drik ICP - International Center of Photography PEN International Human Rights Watch Committee to Protect Journalists / Asia Desk Amnesty International Prince Claus Fund Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF ARTICLE 19 Freemuse
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#Novelist #ShakthikaSathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 and placed on bail by a magistrate in Polgahawela, #SriLanka. He was charged with inciting "religious hatred" in his short #story, which contained indirect references to homosexuality among the #Buddhist clergy.

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against musician Ferhat Tunç @ferhatttunc, this time for insulting then PM Binali Yıldırım in 2016. Tunç is know on trial in five different cases @Freemuse98

Freemuse 2018 raporu yayınlandı. Raporda, Türkiye sanatsal ifade özgürlüğünün en çok ihlal edildiği, sanatçıların yargılandığı, gözaltına alındığı, hapis cezasına çarptırıldığı ve sansürlendiği ülke olarak ilk sıralarda yer alıyor. @Freemuse98 https://t.co/Y5eagoCwLC

An annual report by the organization @Freemuse98 shows that 157 artists were either imprisoned or detained in 29 countries in 2018, with #Turkey being one of the worst offenders. #artists #freedom #FreedomOfSpeech #artfreedowm

@artnet highlights @Freemuse98’s new report on artistic freedom that documents cases of censorship from around the world. Read more here: https://t.co/r2VknwAzmw
#FreeSpeech #ArtIsNotACrime

The #Russian theatre director #KirillSerebrennikov has been released from house arrest after 20 months of #detention. Serebrennikov remains accused of defrauding the Russian state but continues to affirm his innocence.
Read more here ➡️ https://t.co/HqZBGcGnuy

A step backwards for worldwide #artisticfreedom | One report blames supposed #anti-terrorism laws via @Freemuse98
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.@Freemuse98's report examines 673 violations of artistic freedom across 80 countries. Here's what they found: https://t.co/2U9DudpBGL

"Governments fear the power of artists' voices. A new report from @Freemuse98 investigates the complex challenges of upholding artistic freedom: https://t.co/2U9DudHcyj

Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been arrested. Another example that the Cuban government has no plans to respect independent artistic voices today or any day,even with the Havana Bienal around the corner.

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“Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara has been arrested. Welcome to the Havana Bienal. https://t.co/YivBn0Sr9l”

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On 26 March 2019 #Freemuse hosted the launch of the new #report 'The State of Artistic Freedom 2019: Whose Narratives Count?' at @FrittOrd.
The Expert and Artist Discussion on #ArtisticFreedom from the #launch is now available to watch online here ➡️

The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 – Panel Debate

Participants in the Expert and Artist Discussion on Artistic Freedom: • Hanan Benammar, Artist, Ways of Seeing • John Peder Egenæs, Direc...

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On Tuesday 26 March 2019 #Freemuse hosted the #launch of the new #report 'The State of Artistic Freedom 2019: Whose Narratives Count?' at @FrittOrd.
Freemuse #ExecutiveDirector Srirak Plipat presented #keyfindings of the report during his speech.

The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 – Key Findings

About the event: On Tuesday 26 March 2019 Freemuse and The Fritt Ord Foundation hosted the launch of the new report ”The State of Artistic Freed...

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Freemuse is excited to introduce a new project on #DefendingArtisticExpression in #Europe. 🎉

The project will be conducted with the support of #SvenskaPostkodstiftelsen .

Read more about the project here ➡️ https://t.co/Xc7NCVlaHx

#postkodeffekten #projectforchange

On 26 March 2019 #Freemuse hosted the launch of the new #report 'The State of Artistic Freedom 2019: Whose Narratives Count?' at @FrittOrd.
Watch Introductory Remarks from the launch ion #Oslo, #Norway here ➡️

The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 – Introductory Remarks

Welcome/Introductory Remarks by: • Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, The Fritt Ord Foundation • Marianne Hagen, State Secretary, Nor...

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#CulturalRights mandate has sent >120 communications about alleged violations; States&other actors should review communications received & ensure they have fully investigated allegations, taken measures 2halt violations &hold perpetrators accountable https://t.co/7MCaG3597P 8/10

The 2019 State of Artistic Freedom report by @Freemuse98 is out with growing list of EU countries of concern #FreedomOfSpeech #artisticfreedom #StateofArtisticFreedom

Actualitzat, "The State of Artistic Freedom" 2019 by @Freemuse98. Espanya continua al Top1 d'empresonaments, i la música éssent el sector més afectat. #MarcaEspaña Aquí el teniu: https://t.co/kj6OqpnO4A #LlibertatPresosPoliticsiExiliats #FreeThemAll

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