Policy, Research & Politics

The State of Artistic Freedom 2021

This year’s report documents an analysis of 978 acts of violations of artistic freedom in 2020 in 89 countries and online spaces. 17 artists were killed, 82 were imprisoned and 133 detained.


Kazakh pop stars Ninety One break 'taboo' on political lyrics

References to George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are not exactly what one expects to hear in a pop song, least of all in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan where the political scene has been dominated by one party for almost three decades.


On a oublié le rôle joué par la musique dans les luttes politiques de l’époque

Le journaliste britannique Joe Muggs est un chroniqueur essentiel de la musique électronique de ces dernières années. Dans Bass, Mids, Tops, il revient à travers une série d’entretiens sur une histoire méconnue, celle des sound-systems au Royaume-Uni.


La canción “Patria y Vida” inflama la pugna cultural sobre Cuba

El dúo de Gente de Zona, los cantautores Descemer Bueno y Yotuel Romero del grupo Orishas, y los raperos Maykel Osorbo y El Funky, lanzan una canción que desafía al gobierno socialista cubano.


Interview with Jota Ramos, Colombian rapper targeted because of his activism

At the beginning of 2020, Colombian rapper Jota Ramos returned to Villa Rica in Colombia after completing Amnesty International’s protection programme for his activism work concerning peace and sustainable agriculture production in Cauca, which allowed him to live abroad in 2019.


The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

Few of the pro-democracy protesters who took the Middle East by storm a decade ago had a flag to raise or a leader to follow. But all of them had a song to sing.

Bangkok Post

A Safety Guide for Artists

When an artist first faces risk, there are not a lot of roadmaps: the experience can be incredibly isolating and disorienting.

Artist at Risk Connection

Quand musique rimait avec politique

Retour sur l’aventure, musicale et engagée de Rock Against Racism, qui se servit du punk pour dénoncer le racisme qui gangrenait l’Angleterre.

La Libre

Pablo Hasél, a la cárcel por rapear y tuitear

Tres delitos: enaltecimiento del terrorismo, injurias a la corona e injurias a las instituciones del Estado, por los mensajes que escribió en su cuenta de Twitter y expresó en sus canciones colgadas en Youtube.

El Diario

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