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.
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