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China: ‘Art martyr’ Ai Weiwei asks for his passport back

2 April 2014

“With his art, Ai Weiwei bears witness and reflects on the political oppression in his home country. And that’s exactly how he has managed to become a global brand, a sort of art martyr from China, whose work is celebrated all over the globe, from Berlin to New York. (…) …

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China: Artists and filmmakers launch tirade against film censorship

1 April 2014

Chinese authorities urged to allow artistic freedom after delegates spot censorship clause in work report. What was meant to be a run-of-the-mill panel discussion on the government’s work report among art experts in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s (CPPCC) turned into a grumbling session this week, as personalities like …

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Malaysia: Comic book banned for translating the word God as Allah

1 April 2014

Malaysia has banned a translation of a comic book with the popular Japanese superhero Ultraman after it used the word “Allah” to describe Ultraman. The Home Ministry said in a statement that the Malay-edition of ‘Ultraman, The Ultra Power’ contained elements that can undermine public security and societal morals. » Global …

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India: Tamil film pulled out of theatres in Tamil Nadu after protests

1 April 2014

Cinematographer and filmmaker Santosh Sivan’s Tamil war-drama ‘Inam’, a story on a group of orphans during the Sri Lankan civil war, is being pulled out of theatres in the state Tamil Nadu following protests from Tamil fringe groups. Following a request by some Tamil fringe groups, five scenes had been …

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Japan: Censors reject the French film ‘My Little Princess’

31 March 2014

Japan’s film censorship body, Eirin, has labeled French film My Little Princess as ‘Inapplicable for Classification’. Even though Eirin calls its classification system ‘voluntary’, its refusal to give the film a rating certificate is the equivalent of banning it from a regular theatrical release. According to the Code of the …

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Vietnam: Two writers released on amnesty, one remains imprisoned

27 March 2014

PEN International reported that the two writers and activists Dinh Dang Dinh and Nguyen Huu Cau were released under an amnesty, while poet, essayist and scholar Nguyen Van Ly remains imprisoned. Writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau and blogger and environmental activist Dinh Dang Dinh were released from prison on …

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Indonesia: Film censorship board bans the American film ‘Noah’

26 March 2014

Indonesia has banned the release of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Noah’, saying the biblical epic contradicts the teachings of the Koran and may mislead people. The ban in Indonesia follows similar moves in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. » See on time.com » Guardian Liberty Voice – 8 March 2014: Academy …

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Japan: Director claims censorship of film set in slum

25 March 2014

Japan’s biggest slum is visible just blocks from bustling restaurants and shops in Osaka, the country’s second-largest city. But it cannot be found on official maps. Nor did it appear in the recent Osaka Asian Film Festival, after the director of a new movie that is set in the area …

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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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