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Malaysia: Artist detained over allegedly "insulting Islam" in music video

22 August 2016

Police detained Malaysian artist Namewee upon his return from being abroad on 21 August 2016 at the Kuala Lampur airport and are investigating him after groups filed reports that his latest music video “insulted Islam”, reported The Star Online on 22 August 2016. “Malaysian authorities must release Namewee and drop all …

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Egypt: Satirist troupe’s detention renewed, totalling 105 days

22 August 2016

The Giza Criminal Court rejected satirist troupe Street Children’s second appeal against their lengthy pre-trial detention and further extended their detention by yet another 15 days, meaning that the four members of the group have been in detention for 105 days awaiting an investigation or even a court date, reported …

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United Kingdom: Woman’s right to read violated

18 August 2016

British woman Faizah Shaheen, who was returning home with her husband after their honeymoon in Turkey, was detained by South Yorkshire police at Doncaster Airport on 25 July 2016 after Thomson Airways cabin crew members had reported her of “suspicious behaviour” for reading a book on Syrian culture, reported The …

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Turkey: Writer arrested amidst crackdown after coup attempt

18 August 2016

Turkish police arrested novelist Aslı Erdoğan on 16 August 2016 in a raid on her apartment after a Turkish court ordered the temporary closure of newspaper Özgür Gündem. Erdoğan is on the advisory board of the newspaper. The closure is part of an intense state-of-emergency crackdown in response to a …

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Malaysia: Censors alter ending of Indian gangster flick, cut scenes

17 August 2016

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) changed the ending of blockbuster Tamil film ‘Kabali’ to insert a captioned moral message that crime doesn’t pay for Malay audiences rather than the original ending audiences in the rest of the world will see in which the fate of the lead character is left …

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China: Actor fired from film for “vague” Taiwan stance

16 August 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai, who played the lead character in Chinese romance ‘No Other Love’, was fired from the film for his alleged support of Taiwanese independence, reported Variety on 15 July 2016. In a statement, the film’s director Zhao Wei and investors apologised “for hiring the wrong person” and …

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Australia: Artist censors own mural

16 August 2016

Street artist Lushsux, known for his controversial public art, censored his own mural on the side of a Melbourne business showing a nearly nude Hillary Clinton in a U.S.-flag swimsuit with $100 bills stuffed into it by covering her up in a niqab after the local council deemed it offensive, …

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Turkey: Singer’s concerts cancelled due to coup-related remarks

16 August 2016

The Turkish government cancelled four concerts by pop star Sıla Gençoğlu over comments she made about a democracy rally held in Istanbul on 7 August 2016 in the aftermath of an attempted coup that happened a month earlier, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 11 August 2016.  “I am absolutely against …

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Sweden: Metal band allegedly receives threats after cancelling gig

15 August 2016

Swedish metal band Black Ingvars have reported receiving multiple anonymous death threats after they decided to pull out of a summer festival organised by far-right, nationalist party Swedish Democrats, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on 8 August 2016. “I have received emails where people write that they hope I’ll die in …

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Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

15 August 2016

A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside an open air music festival in the southern German town of Ansbach on 24 July 2016 after security guards turned him away for not having a ticket, reported The Guardian on 25 July 2016. The incident happened on the final evening …

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