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April 2019: Spotlight – artists released from prison

3 May 2019

 

 

Poet Galal El-Behairy has been conditionally released from prison

28 December 2018 marks 300 days behind bars for Galal El-Behairy, who was jailed for "publishing false news"and "insulting the army" in his poetry.
Photo: Part of Galal El-Behairy’s new poem penned in prison / Ramy Essam

Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy has been conditionally released from a Civilian Court-imposed sentence that he received for his art. However, he will stay in prison after being sentenced to three years and receiving a 480 euro fine for his unreleased poetry book.

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Fifth lawsuit brought against musician Ferhat Tunç in Turkey

Ferhat Tunç could soon be sent to jail, but the musician continues to fight for 'arts and artists to be able to freely express themselves'.
Photo: Ferhat Tunç / Instagram

A fifth lawsuit has been filed against musician Ferhat Tunç, this time for “insulting the then Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım” in 2016. “I would be in prison for years if I hadn’t gone abroad. Because of this threat, I had to leave the country and leave my whole life behind,” Tunç told Freemuse. 

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Theatre director released from house arrest in Russia

Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov will spend another birthday under house arrest, more than a year after he was charged with embezzlement.
Photo: Kirill Serebrennikov/Gogol Center Facebook page

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. 

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FREEMUSE EVENTS

Culture Action Europe’s Live Online Dialogue
25 April 2019

Freemuse will be a discussion activator in the debate on European Values and Identities during Culture Action Europe’s Live Online Dialogue.
Image: Culture Action Europe / Facebook

Freemuse was a discussion activator in the debate on European Values and Identities during Culture Action Europe’s Live Online Dialogue.

The dialogue was an 8-hour long live online debate focusing on the link between culture and identities, education, European values, sustainability, work and labour conditions and rights.

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Arts Rights Justice’s Open Call For Artists


Image: Freedom Transmissions / Freedom Transmissions Newsletter

Arts Rights Justice have encouraged artists based in Germany to apply for the event FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS – Interventions on the protection and promotion of Artistic Freedom with artworks, performances, workshops and other artistic intervention. Submissions closed today.

Read more about the call and process here.

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