Jordan: How film and tv are banned

3 March 2016

This article on the censorship practices in Jordan on film and television by the state-funded Media Commission was originally published by 7iber on 17 February 2016, who have kindly allowed Freemuse to republish it here: Banned: Film and television censorship in Jordan By Reem Al-Masri, design by Hussam D’ana Translated by Rawad Wehbe and …

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Egypt: Mahraganat artists challenge limits

23 February 2016

For many youngsters in Egypt, mahraganat artists represent the voice of the people. They address social issues, relationships and drug problems. They operate in a landscape of recognition, occasional public and self-censorship and the consequences of the newly suggested committee for “the development of morals and conscience and the promotion …

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Egypt: Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery to reopen under strict restrictions

17 February 2016

Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery has reopened for two weeks to allow staff to make necessary changes to various permits and regulations  after having been closed for two months by Egyptian authorities for what they listed as “administrative irregularities”, reported Ahram Online on 16 February 2016.  Gallery director William Wells is seeking to …

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India: Controversy over State Censor Board for Theatre

8 February 2016

Theatre playwrights and performers in Gujarat and Maharashtra are questioning and condemning the State Censor Board for Theatre for having suggested 19 cuts in a Marathi play entitled ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat’. The board which certifies theatre scripts as fit for public consumption asked playwright Jandardan Jadhav to change ‘Khairlanji’ …

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Israel: Culture minister proposes ‘loyalty bill’ for arts funding

28 January 2016

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev proposed a bill on 27 January 2016 that would tie arts funding only to projects and performances that are ‘loyal’ to Israel, reported Ynet News. The controversial ‘loyalty bill’ would aim to deny state funding to artists and institutions that, for example, incite racism, violence …

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Egypt: Arts unions granted legal powers to self-police

25 January 2016

On 9 November 2015 Minister of Justice Ahmed El-Zend granted judicial police status, or “Al Dabtia Al Kadaeia”, to both the musician’s and actor’s trade unions, effectively meaning that unions members can now legally police and regulate themselves, reported news site The controversial decision was further compounded when, on …

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Egypt: Novelist acquitted

6 January 2016

The Egyptian novelist Ahmed Nagy was acquitted by the Cairo Bulaq Criminal Court of charges of publishing and writing an article with “obscene sexual content” on 2 January 2016. The novelist was referred to court in November 2015 after publishing a chapter of his novel ‘The Use of Life’ in Akhbar …

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Saudi Arabia: Growing clamp down on freedom of expression

17 December 2015

The following is a news release from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner: UN rights expert raises alarm over Saudi Arabia’s growing clamp down on freedom of expression GENEVA (16 December 2015) – United Nations human rights expert David Kaye today expressed grave concern at the …

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United Kingdom: Guides to legal framework of artistic expression

20 November 2015

The British freedom of expression campaigners Index on Censorship have published a series of law packs addressing questions about legal limits related to free expression and the arts. “Freedom of expression is essential to the arts. But the laws and practices that protect and nurture free expression are often poorly …

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