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China: ‘Tiananmen singer’ Cui Jian censored

22 January 2014

The Chinese musician Cui Jian whose song became the unofficial anthem for demonstrating students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests declined a major public appearance over censorship concerns. Cui Jian was due to play at China’s Spring Festival Gala, one of the most watched programmes anywhere on the planet which …

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China/USA: The battle over censorship

18 January 2014

“There is great and welcome continuity in the struggle against censorship and authoritarian rule.” China’s Wei Jingsheng, author of the 1978 democracy manifesto that brought him 18 years in Chinese jails, voices absolute confidence that today’s counterrevolutionary assault on the freedom of thought will fail. » See on www.registercitizen.com

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China: Free jailed Tibetan singers, stars tell China

16 December 2013

In 2013, China jailed seven Tibetan singers after they wrote and performed songs celebrating Tibet, opposing China’s occupation and calling for freedom. They join three other singers imprisoned in 2012. Peter Gabriel and Radiohead back campaign to free the imprisoned Tibetan singers who have received prison sentences of up to …

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China/Hong Kong: Artists demand freedom from interference

16 December 2013

More than 250 artists and arts groups have signed a petition urging the government to review its arts policy, as part of a campaign to protect autonomy and creative freedom. Campaign organisers also want the government to introduce guidelines that will prevent interference in the creative process by the management …

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China: Campaign to protect free speech in Tibet

10 December 2013

To highlight the fast shrinking space for writers and artists to freely and fearlessly express their views and to pressure China to respect Tibetan rights, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, in partnership with Voice of Tibet and Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is running a ‘Banned Expression’ campaign on …

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China: Two Tibetan singers arrested

10 December 2013

Two Tibetan singers, Trinley Tsekar, 22, and Gonpo Tenzin, 25 have been arrested in separate incidents in late November 2013 in Diru County, according to the Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy. Singer Trinley Tsekar was arrested on around 20 November 2013 and sources with contacts in Diru said …

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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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China: Tibetan writer sentenced to five years in prison

5 December 2013

Topden, a 30-year-old nomad and a writer who writes under the pseudonym Dro Ghang Gah was arrested on 28 October 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison on 30 November 2013, reported the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Allegedly Topden was imprisoned for “keeping contacts with Dalai …

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China: Freedom of expression in perilous state | PEN International

26 November 2013

Freedom of expression in China remains in a perilous state, PEN International said today, as China appeared before the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights record. Dozens of writers, journalists and bloggers remain in prison simply for peacefully expressing their views, many …

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Artist Alert: October 2013 | Article 19

25 November 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 November 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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