Censorship

Pillar of Shame sculpture honouring Tiananmen Square victims shown in Budapest after Hong Kong removal

Copy of 1997 work erected on street, renamed to honour alleged human rights victims in China

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Is Instagram censorship changing art itself?

The platform’s control over what counts as art is effectively changing the way it is made, shown and seen

Mamma mia! Posters for Naples blasphemy show spark outrage

Blasphemy laws in Italy are strict and can result in fines

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Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Georgina Adam. Produced by Julia Michalska, Aimee Dawson and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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Why Onlyfans is not the solution for artists being censored on Instagram

More institutions and galleries ought to be fighting for contemporary creatives with the same passion that Vienna is fighting for long-dead ones

Beijing v Brescia: Italian city fights Chinese demands to censor exhibition of dissident artist

Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao has been accused of "spreading anti-Chinese lies" in his works

'Don't go drink mojitos in a fun bubble': Tania Bruguera calls on art world to boycott 14th Havana Biennial over state violence

Artist and activist who has fled her home country says it is “immoral” to travel to Cuba "when there are so many people [there] who have been wrongfully imprisoned”

Instagram’s new sensitive content controls: what they could mean for the art world

The photo-sharing app has introduced new opt-out filters that censor the images they see—but most people don't even know they exist

Cuba on the brink: artistic voices refuse to be silenced

As Amnesty International calls on "prisoners of conscience" to be released, a movement starts to boycott Havana Biennial

Instagram backtracks on decision to ban Pedro Almodóvar lactating nipple film poster

The social media platform removed the image earlier this week for breaking its "rules against nudity”

Filmmaker Oliver Ressler accuses YouTube of censorship after account suspended 'without warning'

Austrian artist who creates political and environmental documentaries believes his videos have been deleted because of their "anti-capitalist content"

‘It’s too dangerous to stay’: Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong leaves for Taiwan as Chinese government curbs artistic and editorial autonomy

Wong’s name appeared in a state-run newspaper article which he considered a “wanted list” for Beijing

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Cuba cracks down on protestors with summary trials and prison sentences

Artists and writers are among those targeted by the government, causing human rights groups to raise an alarm about abuses

Installation about the UK's first atomic bomb removed from Essex park after 'intense pressure' from Conservative councillors

The work by Gabriella Hirst, titled An English Garden and consisting of a flowerbed of roses and benches, had received no complaints from the public

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Ahead of G7, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera addressed the Geneva Summit on Human Rights and Democracy

The activist spoke about her own experiences with state repression and the growing movement for political change in the country

New Dread Scott works critiquing power structures censored by Instagram as ‘hate speech’

The text-based pieces, installed on the façade of a New York theatre, probe American imperialism and white supremacy

Censored? Shadowbanned? Deleted? Here is a guide for artists on social media

New York-based advocacy group Don’t Delete Art's comprehensive tips on how to comply with social media platforms' rules on art include advice from Facebook and Instagram staff

Governments are ‘weaponising’ Covid-19 to silence dissident artist voices, report says

Seventeen artists were killed, 82 imprisoned and 133 detained over the past year in 26 countries, according to new Freemuse study

PEN America issues a safety guide for artists facing repression

Non-profit organisation cites a “skyrocketing’’ number of individuals around the globe needing help with on-the-ground strategies or relocation

Locals in upstate New York defend Nick Cave installation at appeal hearing over its removal

A debate about art and censorship erupted in Kinderhook after village officials ordered a work to be taken down from Jack Shainman’s The School outpost

Censored work showing faces of 4,000 French police officers goes on show in Berlin

Work was pulled after the intervention of France's interior minister amid protests against a new bill that would have criminalised the publication of images of law enforcement

Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara released, but then placed under house arrest as protests in Havana continue

Support for the San Isidro Movement is growing, while Cuba’s government continues to retaliate against demonstrators calling for the release of jailed rapper Denis Solís González

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Exiled Kurdish artist—who smuggled paintings from her Turkish jail cell—wins inaugural Carol Rama Award

Zehra Doğan was imprisoned for nearly three years under terrorism charges for work of art shared on Twitter

Chinese interference derails Genghis Khan exhibition in France

Beijing authorities attempted to censor show's narrative amid a hardening of Chinese Communist Party's stance towards Mongol minority

Directors of Tate and the National Gallery of Art defend controversial decision to delay Philip Guston show

“An exhibition with such strong commentary on race cannot be done by all white curators,” says NGA chief Kaywin Feldman

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Street art by ‘India’s Banksy’ defaced by right-wing youth group in Mumbai

Tyler Street Artist had painted the names of pro-government public figures onto a road for a collaborative public shaming project

From self-censorship to activism: artists react to Instagram’s ban on ‘offensive’ art

An online show by gallery 42 Social Club provides invaluable information on the social media platform's draconian filters

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The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Sophia Kishkovsky. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson
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Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov found guilty of fraud and ordered to pay $1.85m in damages to culture ministry

Accused of embezzling funds while staging a contemporary arts festival, Serebrennikov faced six years in prison but was handed a suspended sentence

Alleging censorship, ACLU sues Miami Beach for removal of painting memorialising the police shooting of Raymond Herisse

A painting by Rodney Jackson was removed from an exhibition focusing on racial justice issues at the request of Miami Beach officials