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Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

6 December 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 5 December 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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NME: Article on political oppression of musicians

8 October 2013

“Music feels like a matter of life and death, and sometimes and in some places it really is,” wrote Kevin EG Perry in an article where he introduces NME Magazine’s readers to, among others, the case of National Wake — a punk band from apartheid-era South Africa. The cases of …

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Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

14 August 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 August 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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South Africa: Another painting removed from gallery

18 April 2013

A painting depicting South African president Jacob Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela as whites and former heads of state Hendrik Verwoerd, John Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk as blacks, was removed from an art exhibition in Nelspruit. The painting, created by Kobus Myburgh, was part of an …

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South African photographer honoured at Index on Censorship awards

26 March 2013

South African photographer Zanele Muholi was honoured at Index on Censorship awards for ‘courage and the powerful statements made by her work’. In the last year, four women in South Africa have been murdered because of their sexuality, including Phumeza Nkolonzi, 22, who was shot dead in front of her …

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Film: Oscar nomination of ‘Sugar Man’ – the Freemuse connection

11 January 2013

The documentary film ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ – the amazing story of US singer Rodriguez, who was unaware that he was “world famous” in South Africa in the 1970s – has been nominated for an Oscar, the American award given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements.   Directed by Swedish …

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South Africa in 1989: CD album banned for offending Christians

27 February 2012

  Because of its title, the album ‘Bigger than Jesus’ by Kalahari Surfers was banned in 1989 for blasphemy and for the offending of Christians. The music was later re-released with a new album title, ‘Beach Bomb’. By Michael Drewett The Kalahari Surfers were a South African studio group led …

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Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day

3 March 2011

“Buying artists to advance some political party’s cause may not be censorship, but more often than not, it will lead to self-censorship, which equally places us on the slippery slope,”writes Mike van Graan, Secretary General of Arterial Network, in his Music Freedom Day commentary from South Africa. By Mike van …

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