Freedom of artistic expression is continuously challenged around the world, including in Europe.
On 19 May 2020, Freemuse Executive Director spoke with the European Parliament on freedom of artistic expression. The below is an extract of that briefing:
Artistic freedom needs to be explicitly recognised alongside media freedom, as an integral part of freedom of expression. This was the key message that Freemuse Executive Director, Srirak Plipat, delivered at an online meeting with Members of the European Parliament held yesterday, where he presented the latest Freemuse report on the State of Artistic Freedom 2020. Funding is also crucial. There is currently no funding mechanism in the EU for promoting or monitoring artistic freedom despite the fact that violations in Europe are on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the cultural sector very hard. Every effort is needed to ensure open access to funding in the interest of Europe’s cultural diversity and democratic health.
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My belief is that it is most important for an artist to develop an approach and philosophy about life - if he has developed this philosophy, he does not put paint on canvas, he puts himself on canvas.
Painter Jakob Lawrence, 1917-2000
“I’m always alert, and don’t feel free to post what I want.”
INTERVIEW WITH ART BLOGGER CHRISTA ZAAT
Christa Zaat from the Netherlands, published images of three paintings by Harold Knight on her Facebook page Female Artists in History, which were later deleted by the platform.