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Artist Alert: October 2013 | Article 19

25 November 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 November 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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Saudia Arabia: Women banned from entering music shops

3 July 2013

Saudi Arabia has banned women from entering shops selling musical instruments amid continued violation of women’s rights in the Arab kingdom, reported Al-Hayat, Press TV and Tehran Times on 3 July 2013 Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice allegedly has ordered a number …

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Saudi Arabia: Poet feared to be at risk of torture in detention

23 May 2012

Habib Ali al-Maatiq is a published poet, journalist and photographer who supervised the news website Al-Fajr Cultural Network, known for its critical coverage of political unrest in the country’s heavily restricted Eastern Province. He was arrested by security forces on 22 February 2012 at his workplace in the city of …

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Saudi writers publish abroad to escape censorship

20 April 2012

In a recent report published by the Saudi News network Al Arabiya News, many Saudi writers admitted that they resort to smuggling their manuscripts to be published abroad to escape censorship. According to the statistics included in the report, Beirut receives the larger share of Saudi books published abroad, followed …

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Saudi Arabia: King limits clerics who can issue fatwas

19 August 2010

After a Saudi cleric has declared that “there is no clear text or ruling in Islam that singing and music are haram or religiously forbidden” a decree sent by King Abdullahs office states that only senior Islamic clerics appointed by him can issue fatwas and religious rulings. According to the …

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Saudi Arabia: Ministry bans music and dancing in schools

11 June 2010

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education issued on 9 June 2010 a circular to all schools in the kingdom ordering that no music or dancing be allowed during upcoming graduation celebrations, reported Muhammad Al-Sulami of Arab News on 10 June 2010. Graduation celebrations, the circular added, are to take place in the …

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Saudi Arabia: Interview with founder of thrash metal band

4 June 2008

Interview with Faisal Al-Alamy, founder of the Saudi Arabian thrash metal band Octum. They released a demo entitled ‘Fighting For Freedom’ in January 2008 By Mik Aidt, Freemuse Guitarist Faisal Al-Alamy lives in Jeddah, and two years ago – inspired by bands such as Megadeth, Metallica, and Kreator – he …

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