Sweden: Israeli ambassador demands film banned in schools

2 November 2015

The Swedes are currently debating whether the film ‘The dead still have a name’ is anti-Semitic or not, and whether it should be banned, as the Israeli ambassador to Sweden has demanded. ‘The dead still have a name’ is a new film focusing on the ship drama in 2011 when …

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Sweden: Proposal for Eurovision to focus on freedom of expression

14 September 2015

City of Stockholm should not only take part in organising the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2016, but should also pay special attention to freedom of expression for musicians and vocalists in the world. This is what the liberal party Folkpartiet in Stockholm has suggested in a letter to the …

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Sweden: Art under threat

12 May 2015

Several Swedish artists live under constant threat from nazis and extreme rightwing groups. For years, they have been subjected to threats, harassment and attacks directed at their art and themselves. The artists despair at the inability of the state to protect them. By Sanna Samuelsson    INSIGHT  Published in collaboration …

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Sweden: Artists and writers join forces against threats from the extreme right

13 February 2015

Three leading organisations representing artists and writers in Sweden are launching a joint initiative to create awareness about right wing threats targeting artists and writers. The three organisations KRO/KIF, The Swedish Writers’ Union and Swedish PEN decided to create the initiative after Konstnären, KRO/KIF’s quarterly magazine, in the fall documented …

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Swedish city offers Egyptian musician safe city residence

21 October 2014

The 27-year-old Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam will be residing in Malmö, Sweden, for the next two years. This is a direct consequence of the interogation in June 2014 by the National Security Police and the continuous censorship of his music in Egypt. Ramy Essam was hailed …

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Artist Alert: December 2013 and January 2014 | Article 19

14 February 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 12 February 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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Turkey: Ferhat Tunç joins Freemuse at conference

10 February 2014

The Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç will join Freemuse Director Ole Reitov on 12 February 2014 at an international conference ‘Freedom of Speech – Perspectives and Initiatives’ in Uppsala, Sweden. Ferhat Tunç, a Freemuse Award winner, has faced dozens of court cases in Turkey. He is considered one of the most …

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Sweden: Public broadcaster excludes hit rap song from playlists

19 December 2013

Because of ‘violent lyrics’ and a ‘stance against the Sweden Democrats and the Moderates’, the song ‘Black Doves and Wilted Lilies’ (‘Svarta duvor och vissna liljor’) by Timbuktu (real name: Jason Diakité) and Sebbe Staxx (real name: Sebastian Stakset) will not be included on the national Swedish radio’s playlists and …

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