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Singapore: Madonna banned from performing sensitive song

9 March 2016

The Media Development Authority (MDA), Singapore’s governmental media regulatory board, banned Madonna from performing her song ‘Holy Water’ in her 28 February 2016 show at the country’s National Stadium, reported The Straits Times on 7 January 2016. The MDA rated the concert R18, meaning only those 18 years of age …

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Kenya: LGBT music video banned

7 March 2016

The Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned Art Attack’s video for its remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights song ‘Same Love’ on the grounds that “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported on 23 February 2016. Board chairman Ezekiel Mutua …

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Egypt: Author imprisoned for ‘violating public modesty’

23 February 2016

On 20 February 2016, the Egyptian author Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison by a Cairo appeals court for having published in a magazine a sexually explicit excerpt of his novel that prosecutors said “violated public modesty”.  Naji (also spelled: Naje) was initially acquitted, but after the …

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India: Play banned for topless scene

17 February 2016

The National School of Drama (NSD) has banned Polish play ‘Sonaka’ throughout India due to a nudity scene wherein a woman appeared topless, reported Odisha TV on 13 February 2016. The play, put on by Polish-based troupe Alexander Jiereko and part of the NSD’s national theatre festival, was enacted in …

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Italy: Nude statues covered up for Iranian president

29 January 2016

Classic nude statues were covered up in Rome’s Capitoline museum when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani walked through its halls during his Italy visit, reported The Guardian on 27 January 2016. Rouhani and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi held a press conference in the museum and it is supposed the statues …

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Denmark: Ban reversed on nude photo exhibit

29 January 2016

If you can exploit women’s bodies in advertising in the public space, then why can’t an artist exhibit nude photos in the same space? This is the question photographer Mathilde Grafström asked when her exhibition was banned in December 2015 in Copenhagen; but police have now reconsidered the case, reported …

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Indonesia: Censorship board considers banning Netflix

26 January 2016

The Indonesia Film Censorship Board (LSF) held an emergency meeting regarding Netflix’s recent global expansion and may ban the service from the country. “Last Saturday we watched the movies [available on Netflix]… there are some movies that we have forbid from being screened in the cinemas,” Ahmad Yani Basuki, the …

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Thailand: Ban on LGBT-themed film stands

26 January 2016

Thailand’s Administrative Court ruled on 25 December 2015 that the five-year ban on the 2010 LGBT film ‘Insects in the Backyard’ will remain in effect, reported Film Journal International. The primary evidence cited is that the movie has a brief scene of graphic sexual intercourse, violating section 287 of the …

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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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