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Satire under threat - Khalid Albaih guest edits
RELEASE IMPRISONED SATIRISTS!
Artist's Voice
Khalid Albaih

"The first thing that exploded after the Arab Spring was art; it’s everywhere and that’s an expression of freedom”
The political cartoonist offers incredible insight into the power of political cartooning and explains why his cartoons are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his artistic expression. 
FREEMUSE CALLS FOR...
greater protections for satirists like Samantha Kureya 
The political satirist was abducted and tortured near her Harare home. 
all charges to be dropped against actor Pavel Ustinov 
The actor was violently arrested whilst standing by Pushkinskaya metro station. 
Gallery of Censored Art
This month we introduce you to the Gallery of Censored Art. The gallery aims to reclaim the space for artists that has been lost through various means of censorship. The newest addition feature works from photographer Mooreyameen Mohamad and visual artist Rebecca Goyette.  
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NEWS AND INSIGHTS
Satirist sentenced to 23 years in prison because of ‘contact with U.S. enemy state’

The appeals court upheld Keyomars Marzban’s sentence of 23 years imprisonment.

Cartooning for Peace - the response to violence against cartoonists
Kofi Annan and Plantu initiative explores how and why cartoonists “essential to our democracies”.
DEFENDING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION IN EUROPE
Freemuse is now a presence in Brussels as part of our effort to raise the profile of artistic freedom in Europe supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. Our work gathers speed as the EU announced its new mandate to MEPs and the President of the European Commission. 
We met with MEPs working on civil liberties and culture on how to put culture at the heart of European policymaking with Culture Action Europe.
We met with the European Commission on Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 including a workshop on artistic freedom.
Reporting: Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov released after five years in prison in Russia.
Reporting:  Novelist Kamila Shamsie has German literature prize temporarily revoked for Israel boycott.
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