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 been curtailed and abused, and seeks to more effectively promote and defend freedom to create.
In March 1959 an invitation to the Dalai Lama to attend a military theatrical performance sparked protests by an estimated 300,000 demonstrators in
Editor Kunchok Tsephel Gopey was arrested in
Chomei (www.tibetcm.com) has been written entirely in Tibetan languages and aims to raise awareness of art and culture in
Leading rock band Oasis has been blocked from playing concerts in
The cancellation follows a 2008 concert where singer Bjork allegedly shouted “
Jigme Gyatso, a monk who assisted director Dhondup Wangchen in the production of the 2008 film Leaving Fear Behind was also re-arrested in March and there are reports of his torture.
Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com) was created in the run-up to the Beijing Olympic Games and contains interviews with Tibetans about the impact of Chinese policies on Tibetans and Tibetan culture. Both Jigme Gyatso and Dhondup Wangchen have been detained since filming. Jigme was released for several months in October 2008, only to be re-arrested in March 2009.
20-year-old writer Kunga Tseyang was also arrested in
These arrests are just part of a larger campaign by the authorities to suppress debate, including their earlier blocking of Tibet Culture website (www.tibetcul.com) and their jamming of radio stations broadcasting in Tibetan languages.
Under the new points-based visa system for the
According to the Manifesto Club, contemporary visual artists, musicians, academics, promoters, museum and gallery workers, a ballet company, tango enthusiasts, and international actors have all been refused entry.
Israeli Minister for Internal Security Avi Dichter banned the festival Capital of Arab Culture 2009 from taking place in
The festival was due to take place over a whole year but Israeli police intervened to stop all future proceedings, despite East Jerusalem being outside of
20 people were reportedly arrested for being associated with the event and Agence France Presse stated that Israeli police confiscated flags and detained university employees distributing t-shirts advertising the festival.
Russians Yurii Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeev were charged in April 2009 by the Taganskii District Prosecutor for curating an exhibition that, in the words of the Prosecutor, was “clearly directed towards expressing in a demonstrative and visible way a degrading and insulting attitude towards the Christian religion in general and especially towards the Orthodox faith.”
The exhibition, which was entitled Forbidden Art, took place at the Sakharov Museum in March 2007 and included work by well-known contemporary artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Aleksandr Kosolapov, Aleksandr Savko, Mikhail Roginskii and the group Blue Noses.
Despite the fact that
Mark Abi Rached’s film HELP! was banned just four days after its release in
HELP! addresses sex, prostitution, sexuality, homelessness and drugs in
World: STAR TV censors “gay” in Oscars
News Corporation-owned STAR TV cut sound during several references to homosexuality in the live broadcast of the 2009 Oscar awards ceremony. STAR TV is a privately owned satellite and cable channel that broadcasts mostly in
Dustin Lane Black, screenplay writer for the film Milk was cut when he said, “I think would want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight ... that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you.”
Later, Sean Penn, Oscar winner in the best actor category, was also censored saying, “For those who saw the signs of hatred [in an anti-gay protest outside] as our cars drove in tonight, I think it's a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that support”
The television channel has an estimated audience of 300 million people in 54 countries around the world, particularly in Asia, and STAR TV spokesman answered in response to complaints that STAR has “a responsibility to take the sensitivities and guidelines of all our markets into consideration”.
Author and academic Harry Nicolaides was released in March 2009 from prison in
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