“Is Political Censorship of Art on The Upswing in Free Nations Around the World? Is this a Danger Signal In Modern Democracies?
Freedom of Artistic Expression is a hallmark of democracies whose constitutions protect freedom of speech. to which freedom in art is integrally linked . Suppression of art for its political content is associated with the reign of dictators. and yet it seems that post 9/11 especially political censorship of art is emerging in democracies around the world.. Film seems to be a special focus of this emerging political interference:
A few recent examples:
Canada: in its tax code revisions eliminated tax credit for films “contrary to public policy.” http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=1ffd1b0f-5437-471b-9da9-02106d42057b
South Africa: Andreis Botha’s sculpture of the three elephants , commissioned by a municipality was ordered taken down under political pressure about its possible political meaning http://www.businessday.co.za/Articles/Content.aspx?id=155835
Australia: Azlan McLennan has been repeatedly subject to political censure since well before 9/11. For example one of his pieces, Fifty-Six, which featured an Israeli flag accompanied by statistics about the plight of Palestinians since the 1948 formation of the Israeli state, was removed by Melbourne City Council. http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/34618
United States In a globally famous case Citizens United, a conservative extremist film maker was accused by the Federal Elections Commission of “electioneering” for its film “Hillary the Movie” http://jonathanturley.org/2010/01/21/supreme-court-rules-5-4-against-campaign-limitations-in-the-hillary-the-movie-case/
Are there other examples you can bring from democracies around the world ?
Is this same old sam e old or is this new?
Is there an important line being crossed ?
To protect our own freedoms shoud we be more attuned to these political infringements on art?