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Germany: Rock band sues government for "indexing" album

21 April 2016

Hard rock band Rammstein is suing the German government for 66,000 Euros (approx. $75,000 USD) in damages for essentially banning their 2009 album ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ upon its release, when they placed it on a restricted list that limited its potential success, reported Deutsche Welle on 5 April …

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Germany: Syrian singer beaten after his performance in Berlin

22 April 2015

The famous Syrian singer Hussein El Deek was severely beaten and abused during his recent visit to Berlin, the German capital, because of his pro-government stance. He was attacked by Syrians in a restaurant. A group of Syrians had organised a campaign against his participation in a live concert, so …

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Campaigns and support to musicians

28 January 2015

Freemuse initiates and organises several campaigns and advocacy initiatives for musicians and composers at risk. Freemuse has also provided substantial support to persecuted and prosecuted artists. Current Freemuse campaigns Currently Freemuse (openly) campaigns for the release of the following artists. Other cases are under investigation or involve non-public actions. Mehdi …

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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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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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Germany: Nude artworks censored in Berlin due to religious sensitivity

21 November 2013

A recent incident of art censorship in Berlin has sparked a debate about the difference between art and pornography, as well as the importance of artistic freedom versus religious sensitivity. » See on www.huffingtonpost.com » and on globalpost.com Agence France-Presse – 13 November 2013: Nude paintings blocked in German school spark …

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Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

24 October 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 21 October 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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Germany: Icelandic author’s book ‘censored’ by publisher

16 April 2013

The German version of Hallgrímur Helga’s novel, ‘The woman at 1000°’, is 30 chapters shorter than the original novel. Key passages about Hitler, concentration camps and SS are censored to meet the German market. The author protested, he says, but accepted the censorship. “I do not know the German culture …

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