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/vancouver...9-02106d42057b

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/Ar...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/...he-movie-case/

Are there other examples you can bring from democracies around the world ?

Is this same old same old or is this new?

Is there an important line being crossed ?

To protect our own freedoms should we be more attuned to these political infringements on art?

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