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Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

6 December 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 5 December 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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Syria: Exiled artists create art that reflects, critiques and inspires

1 November 2013

Art Radar highlights eight of Syria’s contemporary artists whose work tests the boundaries of artistic expression and socio-cultural norms. In 2012, Al Jazeera reported that a number of syrian artists, filmmakers and actors were persecuted, arrested and even tortured by the state for dissent. Determined to continue their work free from censorship, …

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Artist Alert: August and September 2013 | Article 19

24 October 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 21 October 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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Syria: To be a writer under al-Assad’s regime | PEN

10 October 2013

Interview with Syrian writer Samar Yazbek about her experiences working as a writer and journalist under Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Prior to the ‘PEN Free the Word!’ event at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in June 2013, Lauren Pyott caught up with the PEN Award-winning Syrian writer Samar …

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Syrian pianist: “We need freedom for true art”

17 September 2013

Malek Jandali

Syria Untold spoke to renowned Syrian composer and pianist Malek Jandali about the emergence of new forms of art and music in Syria. Jandali, who composed the song ‘Watani Ana’ (My Homeland) at the start of the revolution, told us what he considers to be his personal contribution to his …

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Syria: Artist held in arrest more than a month

24 August 2013

More than a month after the arrest of the artist Yussef Abdelki, who is an opponent of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Syrian authorities have released him, reported his wife to AFP. The security services arrested the Christian artist on 18 July 2013 in Tartus along with two members of …

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Syria: Actor Aiman Zidan threatened with death by hanging

14 January 2013

A home page of one of the Syrian opposition groups has a picture of one of Syria’s most renowned and respected actors, Aiman Zidan, along with a text: “The thing is out of the hands of the FSA. It is with the Al-Nusra front now. By God’s name, we will …

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Exiled Syrian film producer and cartoonist honoured with award

14 December 2012

Exiled Syrians film producer Orwa Nyrabia and political cartoonist Ali Farzat were smiling and making jokes in Copenhagen with good reason. They each received the Danish Poul Lauritzen human rights award and 10,000 euros each for their work on human rights and political freedom in Syria. With the ongoing violence …

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Syrian film removed from Egyptian film festival

3 December 2012

Official sources at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which launched on 27 November 2012, said that the Syrian film ‘El Asheq’ (The Lover) was disqualified from the festival’s competition because of the lead actor’s and director’s support for Syria’s current ruler Bashar El-Assad. Syrian film director Abdul Hamid’s ‘El …

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iTunes: Apple troubled by women’s bodies

19 November 2012

Salwa Al Neimi’s erotic novel ‘The Proof of the Honey’ was removed from the iTunes store because of its cover which features part of a woman’s naked back and bottom, said the publisher, Europa Editions, in a statement on its Facebook page on 9 November 2012. The book has already …

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