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North Korea: Sun Mu – the faceless painter

30 August 2013

Sun Mu is not the artist’s actual name. It’s a nom de plume that uses a combination of two Korean words that translate to ‘The Absence of Borders’. It not only represents what he feels is the transcendence of art but also the literal military demarcation line that keeps the …

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North Korea: 12 musicians executed by firing squad

30 August 2013

Unconfirmed reports claim the famous North Korean pop singer Hyun Song-wol was among a number of musicians who were executed by firing squad on 20 August 2013, according to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. On 29 August 2013, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported that Hyun …

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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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Vietnam: Musician fined for publishing CD with “depraved contents”

31 July 2013

Ngọc Đại, a prominent experimental musician, was fined 30 million dong (app. US$ 1,500) for publishing and distributing his latest album without permission to do so. 1,000 copies of the album were printed, and almost sold out, before authorities reacted. It features lyrics by poets Bui Chat and Nguyen Dinh …

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Myanmar/Burma: Freedom of expression in transition | Index on Censorship

29 July 2013

The third section of Index on Censorship’s report, ‘Freedom of expression in transition’, is about artistic freedom of expression and censorship within literature, comedy, visual art, performance art, music, and film in Burma. The report is written by Mike Harris, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship, and was published …

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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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Myanmar/Burma: Artist returns after 18 years of exile, precautiously

24 June 2013

Even though government censorship of art has eased in Burma, Win Pe, a leading figure in Burma’s modern arts movement, is still taking precautions. While he displayed 20 colorful paintings of zodiac signs in his exhibition in Rangoon recently, he kept others off the walls in an act of self-censorship, …

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