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USA/Europe: Less incidents of arts censorship over indecency

13 October 2015

On 28 September 2015, Apollo Magazine published an article by Philippa Malas which seeks to analyse the current situation for freedom of artistic expression in Europe and the United States. The article runs through examples of how issues of freedom of expression and art are currently playing out in various …

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Egypt: Resolution against revealing clothing and “vulgar” lyrics

30 September 2015

Egypt’s Musicians’ Union bans artists from wearing “indecent” clothing and using “vulgar” vocabulary on stage and television in a resolution passed at the end of August 2015. Hani Shaker, the newly elected head of the union, aims to continue to promote Egyptian art, but not at the expense of the …

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Egypt: One year imprisonment for music video

26 June 2015

The Agouza Misdemeanour Court sentenced Sunday the dancer Salma Al-Foly, the director Wael El-Sedik and an assistant to one year in prison for a low-cost production homemade video which they posted on El-Sedik’s private YouTube channel on 18 May 2015. The video has since been viewed over 1.5 million times. …

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Morocco: Director and actress summoned to court

24 June 2015

French-Moroccan director of the new film ‘Much Loved’ (‘Zine Li Fik’), Nabil Ayouch, and Moroccan leading actress Loubna Abidar have been summoned to court in their native country for a hearing on 15 July 2015, Moroccan World News reported. Loubna Abidar plays a prostitute in the film, which follows the daily lives of …

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USA: Anti-censorship theatre even censored

21 May 2015

A benefit event for the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) scheduled for 14 June 2015 at The Sheen Center in New York City, was abruptly called off after the theatre hosting the show deemed some of the content offensive. The event has since been rescheduled. The show was cancelled by …

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USA: Fox News station censors Picasso masterpiece

15 May 2015

A Picasso painting which broke the record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction was censored on Fox News. The 1955 painting titled ‘The Women of Algiers (Version O)’ sold for $179 million at Christie’s in New York. Fox5NY which covers New York City took the decision to …

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USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda

13 April 2015

The country song ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town has been banned by some American country stations after listeners complained it ‘promotes the gay agenda’. This despite the fact that the song is about wanting back an ex, and just includes lyrics detailing the attractiveness of his new girlfriend. The …

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India: ‘Un-Freedom’ movie banned by censorship board

7 April 2015

Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar’s debut film ‘Un-Freedom’, starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee in key roles espousing homosexuality, has been banned in India. The filmmaker said such move by Central Board of Film Certification is like taking away the “basic human rights”. He has reportedly decided to approach the …

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Egypt: Premiere performance deemed ‘inappropriate’ and cancelled

18 March 2015

Freemuse received the following press release from Sondos Shabayek on 17 March 2015: State theatres belong to the people, not the State Hanager Theatre has blocked the premiere performance of ‘500s’ on 15 and 16 March 2015. The manager of the Hanager Theatre, Dr Amany Youssef, prevented the premiere performance …

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