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What Drove Violations

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: WHAT DROVE VIOLATIONS The following section of the Art under Threat in 2016 report explores the issues and tendencies that drove governments and other groups to limit artistic expression. TABLE OF CONTENTS * Click on the following titles to be taken to that part of …

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INSIGHT publication: Targeting the Arts 2015

18 May 2016

» Read on issuu.com Targeting the Arts Documenting incidents of censorship has never been enough. From the very beginning Freemuse has attempted to put censorship of music and arts into a larger context. In 2015 we introduced INSIGHT – a series of articles providing readers with analytical stories on censorship of …

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Syria: Cartoonist killed under torture

13 October 2015

After two years of silence, it has reportedly now been confirmed that the Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan died in 2013 under torture in a detention centre, only a few months after his arrest. During two years, rumours have circulated about the death of the 35-year-old Syrian cartoonist. In September 2015, …

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Syria: Fleeing civil war, piano player travels towards Germany

21 September 2015

AFP’s Rana Moussaoui and NBC News’ Jacob Rascon have published new reports of what further happened to 27-year-old piano player Aeham al-Ahmad, whose piano was burned by jihadists in April 2015 after his songs of hope amid the rubble of Syria’s largest Palestinian camp had become a social media sensation. …

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Artsfreedom gives you INSIGHT: Syria

29 April 2015

Four years ago a nationwide uprising swept through Syria. The deadlocked conflict has cost an estimated 200,000 lives and forced millions of people from their homes. Many artists were in the forefront of the revolution in 2011. As a result some were killed, others abducted, detained and tortured. Hundreds left …

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The Syrian uprising – art in the diaspora

28 April 2015

If there is a place where using the word “revolution” in the context of Syria does not result in endless and highly heated conversations, that is in arts and culture. Unlike politics – a slippery slope terrain where the 2011 Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Asad can take unexpected shapes and …

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Syria: Islamic State issues ban on songs by American singer

28 April 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has distributed many leaflets in Syria to prohibit youth from listening to the songs of the American singer Madonna, reported Al Arabiya, MBC and over 40 other news providers and websites. ISIL stated that Madonna’s songs are …

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Syrian artists standing against tyranny

27 April 2015

The nationwide uprising that swept through Syria in March 2011 has created a rift between the country’s artists and intellectuals. Some of whom took the regime’s side, some preferred to remain neutral, while others chose to join the revolution since its early beginnings. However, their support of the uprising has …

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