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At first glance, Latvia’s New Wave music festival and the iconic London concert hall might seem to have little in common. But both have recently been embroiled in the fallout from the crisis in Ukraine, James Montague reports
A companion report: Developments in cultural policy and its effects on freedom of the arts, Ankara As we have shown in previous publications, artists engaged in the Kurdish rights struggle are differentially affected by limitations to freedom of expression in general and in the arts in particular. This is even
A companion report: Freedom of expression in the arts and censorship in Kurdish Region, Diyarbakir, Batman In the course of its research Siyah Bant has conceptualized censorship not just as the banning of artistic expression through legal means but included process of delegitimization, threats, pressure, targeting and hate speech directed
An increase in kidnappings of Hindu girls who are then coerced to embrace Islam and forced to marry has raised concerns in Pakistan, Zofeen Ebrahim writes
In the days after the Gezi Park protests, Turkish playwright and author Meltem Arikan found herself at the centre of a government-led hate campaign that left her fearing for her life.
Keeping tight control over every sphere of social life is the general policy of the Belarusian authorities. This is true not only about politics, economy or media; arts and culture face censorship as well. Zmitser Yanenka reports from Belarus
Police in Lahore stopped an Ahmadi man from performing a ritual sacrifice because Pakistan does not recognise the community as Muslim, Zofeen Ebrahim writes
Sexual harassment has been widespread in Egypt for decades but since the January 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, the problem has taken on epic proportions becoming what rights activists now describe as "an epidemic". Shahira Amin reports
The situation with regards to freedom of expression in Germany is largely positive, but there are questions over internal mass surveillance.
Freedom of expression is generally protected in France, although is limited by strict defamation and privacy laws. Several laws have passed since 1972 that have further restricted this fundamental right.
The situation for freedom of expression in Italy is curtailed by a lack of media plurality, restrictive media legislation and a digital sphere restricted by a strict privacy law.
From the Magazine: Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik and art historian and educator Nada Shabout on one of the art world's most contentious debates