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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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India: Threats to artistic freedom of expression

5 December 2013

In India at the moment there are heated discussions, friction, clashes, court cases and rows over where limits to freedom of expression in the arts should be drawn or removed, often due to religious sentiments.   Recent incidents for example are an art exhibition being closed down, a film screening …

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India: Film screening stopped by police

5 December 2013

Kamal Haasan’s controversial film ‘Vishwaroopam’ is facing a two-week ban in Tamil Nadu amid protests by Muslim community. It was released in Kerala, but its screening was stopped by police in Hyderabad over security concerns. Made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, ‘Vishwaroopam’, which revolves around the adversities of war, is …

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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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Vietnam: UN call for greater freedom of expression

3 December 2013

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed says it’s time for the Vietnamese government to ensure better freedom of expression in order to prevent artists from being arbitrarily punished, harassed or detained. The UN human rights expert has just returned from a fact-finding visit to Vietnam where she …

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India: Rap song about corruption asked to be removed from film

2 December 2013

‘Eggjactly’, a rap song about corruption composed, written and sung by Jaaved Jaaferi, is banned form televison by the censor board – and might also be banned altogether from the film ‘Jackpot’. See on www.hindustantimes.com You can listen to the song on youtube.com Jaaved Jaaferi gives an introduction on live tv …

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Cambodia: Song writer Yorm Bopha released on bail

2 December 2013

Cambodian land rights activist and protest-song writer Yorm Bopha was released on bail on 22 November 2013, pending a re-hearing of her case by the Court of Appeal. Yorm Bopha was arrested on 4 September 2012, and subsequently convicted of “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” under Article 218 of the …

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Malaysia: Artist under government scrutiny for work critiquing USA

26 November 2013

Malaysia’s painter J Anu recently came under government scrutiny for a work critiquing American involvement in Iraq. The artist was involved in a police investigation regarding one of his paintings, ‘I is for Idiot’, a piece that was in a public group show co-organised by the National Art Gallery of …

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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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