A report done by Freemuse, a free speech advocacy group, indicates that global art censorship increased in 2015. Over 70 countries were examined for artistic freedom indicators collected through partner organizations and media, and overall the data demonstrated a 20 percent increase in registered killings, attacks, abductions, imprisonments and threats on artists.
Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists in 2015, as reported by ArtNet News. China was among the top offending countries, with 146 cases of artistic violation and censorship alone, followed by Iran, Russia and Turkey. Furthermore, among those who experience the greatest number of offenses are musicians and filmmakers.
While these numbers are astounding and growing, there is evidence that still many cases go unreported globally.
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