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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after vision-impaired artist Dennis Mealor’s naked photograph of a mature-aged woman, titled Viva Italia, was suddenly withdrawn from the Bundaberg Arts Festival without an …

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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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Artist Alert: June 2013 | Article 19

17 July 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published at article19.org on 17 July 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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Australia: Ban of gay film appealed on YouTube

11 March 2013

Actor James Franco launched an online appeal on YouTube, speaking directly to the Australian Classification Board after censors banned a gay film, ‘I Want Your Love’, from screening in Australia. His appeal has been viewed almost 80,000 times during its first six days on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3rbDIsT4f0 “Frankly, adults should be …

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Austria: Museum of sound preserves banned music

2 June 2010

The Akustikon Museum of Sound in Linz, Austria, has opened a special section dedicated to preserving banned music, entitled ‘The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds’. The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds holds music whose creators have been branded, driven away, oppressed, banned and persecuted in different times and places under ‘multifarious’ dictatorships …

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Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival

20 April 2010

On 17 April 2010 a white supremacy group in Queensland organised a race-hate music festival on the Gold Coast. The city’s mayor, Ron Clarke, as well as multicultural community groups said that the best defence to such marginal, fanatical groups would be a deaf ear. When flyers for a white pride music …

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Australia: Didgeridoo concert cancelled

30 May 2007

A concert featuring Australia’s most renowned didgeridoo player William Barton was cancelled in Broome after local Aboriginal leaders said that the instrument was “taboo” in the town, and that taking the ancient instrument into the classical genre was “disrespectful”, reported several Australian newspapers _______________________________________________        William Barton   On 22 …

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Australia: Rock band self-censored over fear of influencing trial

7 May 2007

The Australian rock band Powderfinger changed the lyrics to one of its songs on its forthcoming album over fears it could prejudice an upcoming court case – or over fears of legal complaint An Aboriginal 36-year-old man, Mulrunji Doomadgee, died in custody on Palm Island in north Queensland in 2004, …

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