United Kingdom: Film on Mali music ban leads to new fund

20 November 2015

Freedom of expression campaigners Index on Censorship and the producers of the documentary film ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile’ have launched a Music In Exile Fund along with a song playlist and a series of articles about music and censorship. The aim of the …

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United Kingdom: Painting sparks controversy in Northern Ireland

13 November 2015

A painting in an exhibition at the Ulster Museum has drawn ire by the Orange Order, an international Protestant organisation based primarily in Northern Ireland, because they say members of their group are depicted wearing Ku Klux Klan garb, the British newspaper The Independent reported. The group lodged their complaint …

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United Kingdom: Play cancellation sparks censorship row

14 October 2015

An independent girls’ school in Ipswich has ignited a censorship row after it pulled a Rebecca Lenkiewicz play scheduled for 13 October 2015 due to “grave reservations” over its portrayal of child sex abuse. Censorship campaigners claim the move is part of worrying trend among schools and other education bodies …

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United Kingdom: Artwork removed from free speech exhibition

28 September 2015

In September 2015, ‘Isis Threaten Sylvania’, a series of seven satirical light box tableaux by the London-based artist Mimsy, was removed from the ‘Passion for Freedom’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London after police raised concerns about the “potentially inflammatory content” of the work. The decision to remove the work from …

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Breaking news: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all

2 September 2015

The UK Immigration service has changed their original decision to refuse Egyptian singer Ramy Essam entry visa to the UK. On Monday, Freemuse disputed the refusal, and Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, and her office took contact to the home office requesting the decision. During Tuesday morning additional …

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United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics

2 September 2015

The 24-year-old American rapper Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the United Kingdom because of the nature of his lyrics. The Odd Future co-founder recently cancelled four dates in the UK and Ireland and tweeted that it was because the UK authorities were unhappy with his subject …

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United Kingdom: Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam refused visa

1 September 2015

 UPDATE ON 2 SEPTEMBER 2015: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all   The Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam has been refused a visit visa to the United Kingdom. He was supposed to take part in the Festival 800 in Lincoln on Saturday 5 September 2015 …

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United Kingdom: Listen to the banned in Lincoln

28 August 2015

Festival800 in Lincoln, UK, and Freemuse present banned artists on stage, inspired by the Freemuse-Deeyah album production ‘Listen to the banned’ ‘Listen to the banned | Music to make dictators tremble and fundamentalists fume’ is a full day programme curated and developed by Festival800 in partnership with Freemuse. Celebrating the 800th anniversary …

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United Kingdom: Theatre play addressing radicalisation cancelled

6 August 2015

A play about Islamist radicalisation in British schools was canceled in August 2015 just two weeks before opening night, prompting speculation the actors, writers and developers had been censored. The play, ‘Homegrown’, was due to be performed by the National Youth Theatre at the UCL Academy in North London. It …

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