Freemuse, National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), IBEX Collection, Article19, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and International Arts Rights Advisors, launched Don’t Delete Art, a virtual gallery showcasing work which is banned or restricted on social media.

Call for the release of  Mustafa Gamal
Gamal is among a number of Egyptians who have been arrested because of their connections with musician Ramy Essam. 
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Filmmaker and Director dies in Cairo prison
Shady Habash was awaiting trial on pre-trial charges of “spreading false news” and “joining a banned organisation”.
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Art as an act of freedom in EUROPE
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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“I’m always alert, and don’t feel free to post what I want.”
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.
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"My publications and drawings are for the defence of the people and their rights[...]."
Members of the General Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior in the Hamas government in Gaza arrested Ismail Al-Bozom because of his drawings and Facebook posts.
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We understand that in these challenging and uncertain times, artists and those in the creative industry are being hit particularly hard. 

For artists at risk, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new worries about restrictions on relocating into safe havens and residency programs both nationally and internationally. 

We would like to assure you that the Freemuse Artist Support Program remains available for those in need of assistance.

We help artists and creatives in need of advocacy initiatives, awareness-raising campaigns, relocation advice, connections with other organisations and emergency financial assistance. 

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