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Zimbabwe: Artist abducted and tortured

15 September 2016

Artist and activist Silvanos Mudzvova is recovering in a Harare hospital after six armed men abducted him from his home late in the evening on 13 September 2016, drove him out of the capital city and brutally tortured him, Mudzvova told Freemuse from his hospital bed. “The people who took …

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Zimbabwe: Theatre producer arrested for staging one-man play

14 April 2016

Police arrested theatre producer and actor Silvanos Mudzvova on 13 April 2016 in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare for staging his new play ‘Missing Diamonds, I Need My Share’ at parliament, reported national newspaper News Day. Mudzvova was released later that evening, according to the artist’s Facebook status update on 14 April …

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Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

31 March 2016

Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) by Freemuse and Nhimbe – two civil society organisations defending artistic freedom in Zimbabwe and globally. COPENHAGEN/BULAWAYO, 31 MARCH 2016 | Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution …

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Zimbabwe: Comedy’s cautious climb

1 March 2016

Zimbabwe’s nascent comedy scene is quickly spreading across the southern African nation, from its capitol’s urban landscape to other major cities; and growing in its diversity, from its humble beginnings in stand-up to news satire distributed via DVD. However, in its infancy, comedy in Zimbabwe still faces challenges as the …

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Zimbabwe: Visual artist’s new works once again pulled down

3 November 2015

Bulawayo-based visual artist, Owen Maseko, has drawn attention from authorities when one of his new displays was pulled down on 30 October 2015 – less than a day after it was unveiled in his ‘Kwacha’ exhibition, reported Bulawayo24 News. In the video below, one can see authorities moving the sculpture …

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Zimbabwe: Censorship board should be abolished, says workshop group

27 October 2015

Zimbabwe should abolish the censorship board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions in order to comply with Zimbabwe’s new constitution. Instead a new classification board should be mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children. This was a recommendation made by arts practitioners, artists, journalists and human rights …

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