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February 2019: New regulations in Uganda restricting artistic freedom, and artists released from jail

28 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artistic freedom of expression to be regulated in Uganda

Freemuse joins over 100 musicians, writers and artists calling on the Ugandan government to drop a draft law limiting artistic freedom of expression.

Uganda’s government is proposing new regulations including vetting new songs, videos and film scripts prior to their release. Artists will have to register with the government and obtain a licence that can be revoked for a range of violations. 

Freemuse joins Index on Censorship, PEN America and more than 120 musicians, writers, artists and British and Ugandan members of parliament who have signed a petition calling on the Ugandan government to abandon its plan to introduce new regulations restricting artistic freedom of expression.

Read more here.

Artist Zehra Doğan released from jail in Turkey 

Freemuse is pleased to learn that artist, activist and journalist Zehra Doğan has been released from a Turkish prison.
Photo: Zehra Doğan after being released from Tarsus Prison / Zehra Doğan Twitter

 

Turkish artist, activist and journalist Zehra Doğan has been released from prison. In March 2017, the artist was sentenced to two years, nine months and 22 days in jail over one of her paintings. 

Poet found not guilty, released from custody in Somaliland

Poet Abdirahman Abees has been arrested in Somaliland over his poetry readings about "police brutality", "arbitrary detentions" and "poor leadership".
Abdirahman Abee / Human Rights Centre Somaliland

 

After six weeks in detention, British-Somalilander poet Abdirahman Abees has been found not guilty of “insulting the police and the government” during a January poetry reading, and released from custody.

FREEMUSE EVENTS


Music Freedom Day

3 March 2019

Music Freedom Day is an annual, global celebration of the human right to musical expression, with artists and organisations uniting to support musicians who simply insist on their right to express themselves. The sad reality is, censorship, persecution, prosecution and imprisonment rob many of these artists of this basic human right.

Music Freedom Day 2019 seeks to highlight and support artists who use their music to represent this year’s theme of women and LGBTI artists.

 

The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 report launch
26 March 2019

Freemuse is launching its The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 report on 26 March 2019 online and in Oslo, Norway. 

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