The Epidemic Also Limits Freedom Of Speech
2021-02-25 | by CusiGO
For artists, 2020 is an epidemic year marked by the confinement and closure of public life, leisure and culture. This is not only because many of them can’t make a living by working, but also the most surprising part of the organization, because this year they collected the most cases of violation of art freedom. Of the 89 countries, 978 listed attacks on freedom of expression: from damaged or destroyed works to murder, to censorship, travel bans, threats, prosecutions or imprisonment. “We see a shocking trend. “By 2020, artists’ creative rights will be more restricted,” freemuse chief executive srirak plipat said in his 2021 state of art freedom report released on Wednesday.
A study by freemuse, a Danish based UNESCO advisory body, found that when artists are held “on the edge of confinement,” they are more likely to be censored and charged with crimes that led to their imprisonment. “This year’s report shows that blasphemy, anti-terrorism legislation and measures to combat cowid-19 are increasingly being abused as an excuse to suppress the voices of dissidents in artists and their works,” plipat said in an online speech at the “write the future” festival in 2010 Berlin. In 2018, the report analyzed 673 cases of violation of the freedom of artistic expression in the world. 711 in 2019. This work shows that in the year of pandemic, 17 artists were murdered, 82 imprisoned, 133 detained and 107 prosecuted in six countries (11 of them in Mexico).
By region, Europe has the largest number of cases: 26%. Turkey (72), France (40), Russia (31), the United Kingdom (25), Belarus (22) and Poland (12) are the countries with the most attacks on art freedom. Pripate did not mention Spain in his presentation, but the report did mention two cases of imprisonment, explained Alberto Gonzalez prido, a consultant in Spain representing the organization, They correspond to the cases of Mallorcan rapper valt ô NYC and rapper Pablo hasel, who fled to Brussels in 2018 for song lyrics. “In the past five years, Spain has sentenced 14 rappers to imprisonment for inciting terrorism through song lyrics.”, Make sure the studio. The other 12 are members of rebel groups who have not been jailed for reducing their sentences from two years to six months.
Russia and Belarus are the only countries in the European region where the organization has devoted a chapter to “countries of concern”. The rest are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Turkey, Uganda and the United States.
At least 33 artists have been arrested, prosecuted or imprisoned for crimes related to world terrorism, which have been used to “suppress the voices of opposition and ethnic minorities,” the report said. Most of these cases take place in Turkey, but there are more reasons or excuses to prevent art freedom. Religion is one of the most frequently cited religions. The report stressed that 40 artists suffered legal consequences for “hurting religious feelings.”. One of them is Nigerian evangelical singer ahaya Sharif Aminu, who was sentenced to death for sharing a song in WhatsApp that authorities considered blasphemous against the Prophet Muhammad. “The French professor Samuel Patty used Charlie hebd’s Muhammad cartoon in class, and his death proves that so-called insults to religion still pose an extreme threat to human life,” the study said.
In 2020, 98 attacks against lgtbi artists were also recorded. More than half (52%) of the cases occurred in countries where there were no laws criminalizing homosexuality. The report stressed that 91% of the attacks were carried out by government authorities. Kirvan Fortuin, a South African dancer and choreographer, was stabbed in the chest and died on his way to the hospital in a homophobic attack on record in 2020. In September 2017, Egyptian writer Sarah hegazi was arrested for waving the rainbow flag at a concert. After three months in prison, she was raped and immigrated to Canada. But he was troubled by the incident and committed suicide last June.
In her report, visual artist shurooq Amin describes her experience in Kuwait last year. The government banned the display of his work because it was considered pornographic. It includes pictures of women wearing bikinis and men drinking, which is illegal in Kuwait. “A few people came in and started taking the paintings off the gallery walls,” he said in a video conference. The artist has just come back to work. Although she was not convicted, the pressure continued, she said. Now no Gallery dares to disclose their works, and their names have been blacklisted.