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Iran and Israel: United in opposition to Daniel Barenboim concert

2 September 2015

The conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to lead the Berlin Staatskapelle at a concert in Tehran drew criticism from the Israeli culture minister, who called the performance “anti-Israel”, and a rebuff from Iranian officials, who said that they would block the concert because of Mr. Barenboim’s Israeli citizenship. A spokesman for …

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Algeria: Moroccan songs banned from radio airwaves

2 September 2015

According to Morrocco World News and other sources, the Algerian news website Algerie Patriotique reported that local radio stations in July 2015 found in their headquarters a note from the General Directorate of National Radio that read: “We’d like to bring to your attention that all the Moroccan songs are …

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Turkey: Festival director steps down after censorship scandal

25 August 2015

Azize Tan has stepped down after nine years following protests over censorship at the latest edition in April, which led to the cancellation of the festival’s competitions and closing ceremony. » Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.screendaily.com » Artsfreedom.org – 16 April 2015: Turkey: Film festival censorship controversy and cancellations

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Pakistan: Various Bollywood films banned

25 August 2015

A number of Hindi films have been prohibited from releasing in Pakistan for diverse reasons over the past few years, according to an article in Hindustan Times. • Most recently, the Lahore High Court on 20 August 2015 temporarily banned the screening of the upcoming Indian film ‘Phantom’ in Pakistan …

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Turkey: Iconic folk singer reflects on art and politics

25 August 2015

“My youth was spent from one prison term to another. Imagine! You are not a murderer, you did not steal from anybody. But you are in prison! Why? Because you are a singer. Regardless, I never regretted the music I made in that period. Not once. And if I were …

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Iran: 14 films banned since 2007

25 August 2015

Films continue to be banned in Iran. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has compiled a list of 14 films banned since 2007 in Iran. Other films may also have faced censorship issues but their makers have chosen to remain quiet, hoping to eventually get a screening permit. …

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Pakistan: Gallery ‘cutting the cord of censorship’

4 August 2015

“Despite living in a country where enforced censorship and lack of tolerance is rife, Zarmeene Shah, curator of ‘Parrhesia II’ at Koel Gallery, feels the heart of this concept lies in the risk taken by any artist attempting to speak the truth.” Shanzay Subzwari’s art review: ‘Cutting the cord of …

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Iran/Lebanon/Ukraine: Artists affected by conflicts

4 August 2015

When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, and between Israel and Lebanon as well as Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British …

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Iran/Lebanon: Artists affected by conflicts

4 August 2015

When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Lebanon as well as between Israel and Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British Muslim singer …

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Morocco: Continued harrasment and banning of performances

3 August 2015

In Morocco, performances of the theatre piece ‘B7al B7al’ have repeatedly been interrupted and banned: On 13 June 2015 in Rabat, on 4 and 5 July in Tangiers, and then on 1 August in Fez. ‘B7al B7al’ is a creation of the Theatre of the Oppressed company from Casablanca – …

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