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Italy: Gay film banned from screening in church-owned cinemas

14 March 2016

The Catholic Church has banned Andrew Haigh’s 2011 film ‘Weekend’ from being screened in its cinemas, shutting it out from over 1,100 theatres and limiting Italian audiences who wish to see the film to only be able to do is in 10 independent theatres, Gay Star News reported on 11 …

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Italy: Nude statues covered up for Iranian president

29 January 2016

Classic nude statues were covered up in Rome’s Capitoline museum when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani walked through its halls during his Italy visit, reported The Guardian on 27 January 2016. Rouhani and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi held a press conference in the museum and it is supposed the statues …

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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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Malta: Moves afoot to end theatre censorship

21 November 2013

Artistic performances in Malta set to be exempt from morality laws.   “Theatrical and artistic performances will be exempt from morality and blasphemy laws under amendments to be discussed in Cabinet in Malta in the coming weeks. Culture Parliamentary Secretary José Herrera said he expected to receive Cabinet backing for …

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Italy: Music Freedom Day of debates, week-long radio campaign

28 February 2013

Cinzia Martelli, Director of Hibrido Radio, www.hibridoradio.com, wrote: Hibrido Radio participated in Music Freedom Day 2011 and 2012. This year we will do one day of debates and musicians and poets performances for the right to freely diffuse ideas, words, sounds and people in Bologna, Italy. This year, poets also …

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Italy: Leading independent radio station joins Music Freedom Day

28 February 2013

From Claudio Agostoni, who is Head of Programmes at Radio Popolare Milano, we received this message: “Radio Popolare, the leading independent radio station in Italy, would be very pleased to be be a part of Music Freedom Day, that we discovered through your website. We are always very interested and …

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‘Shoot the Singer!’ launch in Italian language

7 May 2007

Nobel prize winner introduces Freemuse book When ‘Shoot the Singer’ is published in Italian language on 12 May 2007, the book has a new introduction written by Nobel price laureate Dario Fo. Entitled ‘Sparate Sul Pianista! La Censura Musicale Oggi’, the Italian version is launched at the Torino International Book …

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Italy: Mafia CD not published due to fear of ban

12 September 2005

The CD ‘Songs of a Life of Crime’  has been released in Britain and other European countries, but it will not be available in its country of origin, Italy, because the producers are nervous of releasing it for fear of provoking an outcry or even of being banned. According to BBC’s arts correspondent Razia Iqbal, ‘Songs …

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Il Canto di Malavita: la Musica della Mafia

26 November 2001

Il Canto di Malavita: la Musica della Mafia It’s the kind of music you can imagine enjoying on a lazy summer’s afternoon in southern Italy. There are jangling tambourines and playful accordions, shimmering mandolins and a voice dripping with melancholy. It would be easy to drift off to sleep – …

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