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Qatar: Playing with the censors

28 February 2017

  The state of Qatar is young and old at the same time, immersed in both modernity and tradition. Governed by strict Islamic principles under the supreme power of the emir, Qatar is a place where freedom of speech is very limited, and where artistic expression risks being banned or …

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Qatar: Poet Mohammed al-Ajami released from prison

16 March 2016

The government of Qatar has released poet Mohammed al-Ajami after four years imprisonment when Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani unexpectedly pardoned the poet, U.S.-based non-profit Freedom Now reported on 16 March 2016. The case brought significant international attention to the poet and the Qatari government from several international human …

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Qatar: Ministry of Culture bans transgender film ‘The Danish Girl’

25 January 2016

Authorities in Qatar have banned theatres from screening ‘The Danish Girl’ on the afternoon of 11 January 2016 following protests and reactions online about the film’s content, reported Doha News. “We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film …

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Qatar: UN experts call for release of Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami

22 October 2015

United Nations human rights experts called for the release of the Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami on the second anniversary of his prison sentencing, 20 October 2015. Al-Ajami is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in Doha for the contents of his poetry. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom …

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Qatar: Joint call to United Nations to help imprisoned poet

16 September 2015

16 non-governmental organisations have sent a joint letter to UN Special Rapporteurs on the imprisoned Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami On the commencement of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), along with 15 international NGOs, including Freemuse, sent a letter …

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Indonesia: Film censorship board bans the American film ‘Noah’

26 March 2014

Indonesia has banned the release of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Noah’, saying the biblical epic contradicts the teachings of the Koran and may mislead people. The ban in Indonesia follows similar moves in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. » See on time.com » Guardian Liberty Voice – 8 March 2014: Academy …

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Qatar: Booksellers face book-by-book censorship bottleneck

10 December 2013

All books submitted for sale in Qatar must been approved by the Ministry of Culture even if the same book has already been approved for another retailer, reports Edward Nawotka from the 24th Doha International Book Fair. A good deal of self-censorship alos takes place, with buyers not even taking …

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Qatar: Sculpture accused of anti-islamic idolatry and removed

21 November 2013

Algerian conceptual artist Adel Abdessemed’s solo exhibition in Doha has outraged conservatives, leading to accusations of anti-islamic idoltary and the removal of his acclaimed work ‘Coup de tête’ The bronze sculpture depicting the moment when the French footballer Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final …

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Qatar: Poet’s 15 year prison sentence upheld

7 November 2013

Qatar’s Supreme Court last month upheld a 15-year prison sentence handed to poet Mohammed Al-Ajami for reciting a poem in support of the Arab uprisings on Youtube. The was reported by The Art Newspaper on 7 November 2013. Al-Ajami, 37, a married father of four children, was a third-year literature …

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