Policy, Research & Politics

IMC stands for freedom of artistic expressions and creativity

We are deeply concerned at the increase of attacks on freedom of artistic expression on a global scale, as documented in the Freemuse’s recent report “State of Artistic Freedom 2020”, which offers an in-depth analysis of 711 acts of violations of artistic freedom in 2019 in 93 countries.


Warsaw faces the music as Polish pop song ignites censorship row

Alleged suppression of track that obliquely criticises ruling party leader triggers debate over media freedom.

Financial Times

Cuba: Rapper arrested over COVID-19 video

Police claimed that the artist was broadcasting images that are illegal under Decree 370 and accused the artist of “contempt” and contributing to the “spread of epidemics”.


Banlieue is the new cool

Depuis les années 2010, les musiques électroniques ont le vent en poupe à Paris. Au début de la décennie, un ensemble d’acteur⋅ices institutionnel⋅les, publiques et privées, se sont en effet accordées autour de la mise en place de politiques de la nuit.

Jef Klak

La cultura no sobrevive solamente con aplausos

La democratización es deber de la cultura pero el trabajo de los artistas merece un pago justo.

El Tiempo

Filmmaker Shady Habash suffered an injust death

My dear friend, colleague and brother, filmmaker Shady Habash died on the 2nd of May in Tora prison, Cairo, at the age of 24. He was arrested almost 800 days ago, after the release of my song Balaha causing controversy in February 2018.

Ramy Essam

How North Korea's ideology is built on song and dance

"So dear to all our hearts is our General's glorious name; our own beloved Kim Il Sung of undying fame," go the lyrics to one of North Korea's best-known songs, "Song of General Kim Il Sung," which honors the country's founding ruler and eternal president.


Human rights in the times of the coronavirus pandemic

The European Union recognises that the role of civil society and human rights defenders is more important than ever to encourage solidarity, support those who are most in need, and defend human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic space, and to promote accountability.

European Council

WIPO's Beijing Treaty Enters into Force: Begins Helping Actors and other Performers

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances has officially entered into force and can from today begin improving earning conditions for actors and other audiovisual performers – a development with added importance amid the negative impact on cultural production by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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