The Artistic Freedom Center is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that takes a stand for artists who are unjustly silenced, intimidated and censored around the world. AFC works toward a world where artists everywhere can freely express themselves; where all people can access and appreciate the concepts communicated through creative expression.
“Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.”

Albert Camus
Everyone shall have the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds in the form art or any other media..
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights:
“I learned the meaning of the word activist—someone who can't stay passive when they witness injustice. Artists turn witnessing into storytelling, and the stories they tell have the power to make social change.”
Nanfu Wang, Chinese filmmaker and AFC International Advisory Board member
After Pussy Riot, artists everywhere must stand up for each other
There are hundreds of artists who perform under threat to their freedom and lives, who also deserve our solidarity.
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Malaysia bans ‘Despacito’ on state radio, TV due to lyrics

Malaysia has banned “Despacito” on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song’s record-breaking popularity. Read more
Experts from around the world joined Artistic Freedom Center and UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Freedom of Expression to discuss challenges to artistic freedom and next step action items to promoting and protecting artists’ rights.
APRIL 13, 2017


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Farimah, better known by her stage name Justina, is a unique, rare breed, an underground rap and hip hop artist in Iran.

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