In his final report as UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and promotion and protection of the freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye delivered the Research Report on Artistic Freedom of Expression to conclude his final term.
“Freemuse is extremely pleased to welcome this report on artistic freedom of expression. The Special Rapporteur has been a strong advocate for freedom of artistic expression and committed to our shared mission during his mandate. We wish David Kaye continued success in his future ventures, and warmly welcome the continuation of our work with Irene Khan as newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the promotion and promotion and protection of the freedom of opinion and expression,” said Dr Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director.
The report is a culmination of the UN Special Rapporteur’s mandate period and the result of a series of consultations and meetings, including 23 October 2019 meeting Freemuse co-hosted in New York.
This report by the Special Rapporteur shows that artistic freedom is an integral part of freedom of expression. The myth that freedom of expression only refers to media freedom and journalists is systematically challenged here. The report shows that artistic freedom is facing a difficult time in the current political narrative and practices, as illegitimate restrictions are carried out by state and non-state actors including social media companies. It illustrates that all restrictions of artistic freedom need to pass the test of necessity and proportionality as other restriction of freedom expression. This is part of what make this report a significant contribution to the community of artistic freedom defenders in the global north and south.
The report is aimed at assisting artists, audiences, and advocates in defending artistic freedoms and act as a tool for States to use in better supporting this mission. Accordingly, the report, “[the research] begins with a discussion of the legal framework applicable to artistic freedom of expression and then addresses the ways in which States and other actors often fail in their obligations or responsibilities to promote and protect freedom of opinion and expression” and is meant to highlight specific and key concerns.
To read the complete report, click here.