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Freemuse session at RightsCon Online 2020: Tackling Online Censorship, 27 July – 31 July

24 July 2020
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Freemuse participated in RightsCon Online 2020 on 27 July 2020 with our session “Tackling Online Censorship – launch of the ‘Know Artistic Rights’ campaign and ‘Digital Toolkit for Artists'”.

During RightsCon Online 2020, Freemuse launched the first digital toolkit. The toolkit explores the digital rights which protect artists online, provides a guide for what to do when the human right to artistic freedom has been violated and outlines good practices in the digital space. By engaging in the conversation around this toolkit, artists, activists, policy makers, corporate leaders will be provided understandings of what digital rights protect artists and creatives.  
The session panelists included Executive Director Dr Srirak Plipat from Freemuse, Advocacy and Campaigns Officer Paige Collings from Freemuse, filmmaker and science fiction writer Wanuri Kahiu, Director of Justitia Jacob Mchangama, Executive Director of Internet Without Borders Julie Owono, Legal Advisor to the UNSR Freedom of Opinion and Expression Sofia Jaramillo Otoya and Head of Policy at European Digital Rights Diego Naranjo.

Identity 2.0 facilitated the discussion.

The toolkit is the first of many to be launched under the yearlong Know Artistic Rights campaign. The campaign is aimed at artists to open the dialogue and provide understandings of the human rights protecting artists and their freedom of expression and will cover a range of different definitions of artistic rights that span different continents and themes. From Latin America to North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania to the intersection of artistic expression and LGBTI or minority rights, the campaign will work to define artistic rights, what artists can consider a violation, what legal remedies they may have, and what organisations they can contact to advocate on their behalf when their rights are violated.
Image: Speakers on the Freemuse session “Tackling Online Censorship – launch of the ‘Know Artistic Rights’ campaign and ‘Digital Toolkit for Artists'”

 

Participants discussed the censorship and harassment of artists online and the suggested ways of mitigating the imperatively negative impact on artists through the Freemuse Digital Toolkit.

For more information on the #KnowArtisticRights campaign, click here. For more information on the Digital Toolkit, click here.  

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