Art Under Threat

Premiere DateMar 29, 2016
00:00 BTR Today
01:42 Freemuse
03:11 Threat Report
05:11 What Drives Censorship
08:01 Censoring Music
11:24 Changes in Iran?
13:57 Hollywood Self Censorship
16:49 Gathering Data
19:53 Violations on the Rise
22:35 The New Europe
24:24 Paris Attacks
25:38 Threats in 2016
27:18 BTR Today
28:19 Finish

This week:

2015 was a depressing year in terms of artistic freedom of expression around the world. According to the group Freemuse — which documents violations of artistic freedom around the world — killings, attacks, abductions, and imprisonments of artists were up 20% from 2014 with China, Iran and Russia leading the way as top offenders. Freemuse recently just published their annual Art Under Threat Report, and I recently got a chance to speak with the organization’s Executive Director, Ole Reitov about the report. We discussed his findings, the challenges of documenting artistic censorship, and why music is targeted more than any other art form.


HOST Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…