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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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Australia: Distributors force art magazine to censor cover

12 August 2016

The August 2016 issue of Australian arts magazine featuring a painting of a pregnant, nude woman by well-known, New York-based artist Lisa Yuskavage has been censored at newsstands after distributors forced editors to either package the issue in an opaque sleeve or cover up the nipples of the subject, reported …

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Australia considers barring American rapper’s tour

16 October 2015

Australia appears set to join the list of countries that have refused to allow entry to the controversial American singer and rapper Chris Brown over his domestic violence record. In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but …

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Australia: Transgender musician bashed in Sydney live music venue

15 June 2015

Sydney musician Stephanie McCarthy was allegedly bashed in Newtown’s Town Hall Hotel on 12 June 2015 as she was waiting to go on stage to perform with her band, Love Maul. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Stephanie McCarthy was approached by five males who began to verbally and physically …

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Australia: Arts minister violates the right to freedom of expression

8 April 2014

The Australian arts minister George Brandis has threatened the withdrawal of commonwealth funding for the Sydney Biennale festival for “blackballing” Transfield Holdings after it severed ties with the company because of an artist protest over its contract work on an offshore detention centre, reported The Guardian. The arts minister wrote …

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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 March 2014: 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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Australian hour on The Pulse around Music Freedom Day

2 March 2014

Music Freedom Day on 94.7 The Pulse in Geelong, Australia, on 3 March 2014 from 11am to noon. » Listen to the programme: 128kbps (normal mp3) – 32kbps (low res mp3) “Today, 3rd of March, is Music Freedom Day – a global event which is marked in around 20 countries around …

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Australia: Artists hit back against censorship of nude photography

12 November 2013

A group of Australian artists are out to show that art cannot be censored by announcing plans to hold a nude-only art exhibition. The move comes after vision-impaired artist Dennis Mealor’s naked photograph of a mature-aged woman, titled Viva Italia, was suddenly withdrawn from the Bundaberg Arts Festival without an …

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