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BREAKING: Cuban artist Bruguera Tania has been taken leaving her home this morning at 6:17 am (Cuba time) to prevent her presence at the peaceful demonstration against #PoliceViolence. ARC and PEN America are deeply alarmed by her disappearance - we call on the Cuban government to disclose Tania Bruguera's whereabouts, detention status and to release her immediately.
#artisnotacrime David Kaye Yanelys Nuñez Leyva Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Cubalex Radiomartil
Rachel Spence Sofia Karim Safemuse Freemuse Amnesty International Ariel Maceo Tellez Coco Fusco Yulier Rodriguez Michel Matos
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.#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.

#Somaliland #musicians from the popular band #Hornstars have been returned to police detention. Freemuse stands with the artists and calls for their release. Freemuse urges the authorities to #freehornstars #artisnocrime #music #musicfreedom

Somaliland: Singers arrested for anti-national activity of a citizen abroad  

Singers Hamda Yousuf Ibrahim and Barwaaqo Mohamed Hashi from the Somaliland band Horn Stars have been returned to detention after initial release by t...

Artist #XandraIbarra will take part in the virtual panel “Subjected to Removal: Artists Speak Out” on 24 June 2020.
Ibarra’s #artwork was removed from a group #exhibition at the Centro de Artes in February 2020, due to “obscene content".


Cuba: #Freemuse has joined 46 civil society organizations and independent press media to denounce #DecreeLaw370 and support the right to #freedomofexpression in the country.
Read the statement in #Spanish or English here ➡️

Cuba: Statement against Decree Law 370 and its Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Freemuse has joined 46 civil society organizations and independent press media to denounce Decree Law 370 and support the right to freedom of expressi...

.#MuseumofContemporaryArt Cleveland cancelled the #exhibition "The Breath of Empty Space" by Shaun Leonardo, because of “troubling community response".

The MOCA Cleveland issued an official apology to the artist.


USA: Museum cancelled an exhibition depicting incidents of police brutality

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland cancelled the exhibition "The Breath of Empty Space" because of “troubling community response”.

On June 24 at 12 PM EDT, join us for the first webinar "Art on Lockdown". Artists from @Delight_Lab, La Otra Danza, and Hackeo Cultural will discuss in Spanish the negative effects of #COVID19 on freedom of #artisticfreedom in Latin America. Register:

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