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United Kingdom: Universities ban the song ‘Blurred Lines’

14 November 2013

Around 20 university student unions have banned Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ from being played in their bars over fears the song glamourises rape and its lyrics are sexist. Around 20 institutions including the universities of Chester, Brighton and Gloucestershire have now stopped it from being played in their student union bars. SubTV, …

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United Kingdom: Gallery in censorship row over Egyptian posters | Index

4 November 2013

The London gallery P21 has been accused of censorship following the decision not to exhibit 12 poster prints satirising Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and jailed former president Mohamed Morsi. Twelve posters by Egyptian artist and graphic designer Ghada Wali, making up the piece ‘Film Ikhwany’, were supposed to be part of …

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United Kingdom: Corporate censorship in public space

22 October 2013

Artists Peter Kennard’s and Cat Phillips’ photomontage ‘Photo Op’ which depicts Tony Blair taking a selfportrait with his mobile phone was ‘banned’ from public display after the companies who own the advertising space, CBS Outdoor and JCDecaux, refused to allow the use the of the artwork in the advertising on …

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United Kingdom: Gallery censored nude watercolours

29 September 2013

Artist reveals her fury after ‘fearful’ gallery censored her nude watercolours with strips of paper A teacher’s complaint during a school trip to an exhibition at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens prompted the removal of three watercolours of naked women. Later, the watercolours were put back up, but covered with bits of …

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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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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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Index on Censorship: Self-censorship stifling UK artistic expression

4 June 2013

Widespread self-censorship and fear of causing offence is suppressing creativity and ideas in the United Kingdom, according to a conference report published by Index on Censorship, ‘Taking the Offensive’. There are multiple pressures on artistic freedom of expression and censorship has become a major issue for the arts sector in …

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United Kingdom: Previously banned Swedish play premiers in English

15 April 2013

Banned in the United Kingdom for 50 years when first written, Strindberg’s play ‘Miss Julie’ shocked critics across Europe with its frank portrayal of sexuality and inter-class relationships in 19th century society. Now Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre is to host the world premiere of a 21st century English adaptation of it. …

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Ranagri track for Music Freedom Day

1 March 2013

‘Ranagri’ is a new project from four musicians in London who have recently come together to create some exciting new sounds. They just finished the track ‘The Rhythm Takes You Back’ a few days ago, and in an e-mail they told Freemuse that they have dedicated this track to Music …

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