South Korean artists file a class-action lawsuit against their government over blacklisting, as stated by CNN here: (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/asia/south-korea-ex-culture-minister-indicted/) artists are suing because they were blacklisted for going against government in power.

Are there artists in Canada, USA or Europe who also claim to have been punished for going against government, corporate, media or military objectives?

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    What does blacklisting imply? Certainly I would say that in Western Europe there are no artists jailed or with a travel ban due to criticism to the government, but sometimes some people claim that their work not being included in publicly funded expositions due to political manouvers, or that a theater act in a public venue is cancelled due to political decisions.
    – SJuan76
    Feb 10 '17 at 9:02
  • @SJuan76 very good point and worthy of an answer by you IMO. In Canada the CRTC mandates 30% of radio and TV mus be Canadian content. The government provides funding to artists to make songs / films. They could withdraw funding for anti-war songs against bombing of Libya or Afghanistan for example. Or protests to Trade Agreements, etc. Or against LGBT marriage for example. The list could be endless but... has anyone complained officially or in press stories? Feb 11 '17 at 17:04
  • Define "Europe", please. EU? EU+Turkey+Russia? Feb 12 '17 at 11:37
  • @MartinSchröder Good point. Turkey has a lot of media suppression going on and is a member of NATO wanting to join EU. There actions are well known as are Russia's recent history and Ukraine's recent history. I would define Europe as EU + UK in this case even though it's not geographically accurate. Feb 12 '17 at 15:07
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix: Erdogan does not want to join the EU. Feb 12 '17 at 21:17

In the US and Canada there is a constitutionally protected freedom of speech, so the government should not go against any artists for their work. I do not of any cases of government blacklisting any artists.

Europe though is big and has a lot of countries in it. Not all of them have such a broad freedom of speech. The most obvious example I can think of is Russia and the artist group Pussy Riot. There have been multiple cases where Russia has used force to shut down their performances, and in some cases members have been arrested.

Another (lesser) example of censorship is Germany, which has an Index of Harmful Materials that restricts certain forms of speech ranging from pornography to swastikas.

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    Pussy Riot was arrested for church vandalism which was easy to prove because they filmed it. Germany has ban against insulting foreign leaders so cartoonist was charged for mocking Turkey's Erdogan. Feb 10 '17 at 11:04
  • "Germany has ban against insulting foreign leaders so cartoonist was charged for mocking Turkey's Erdogan." Are you referring to the Böhmermann Affair? (which was about a TV comedian, not a cartoonist, though). The prosecution dropped the charges in that case. But the German law is far less lenient regarding Nazi propaganda.
    – Philipp
    Feb 10 '17 at 14:04
  • Today German court just ruled to continue ban of comedian's poem: rt.com/news/377001-germany-erdogan-poem-ban Feb 10 '17 at 18:19
  • It's also vaguely bugged me that Germans always seem to be anti-something. The actual target changes, but the attitude doesn't.
    – user2565
    Feb 12 '17 at 16:34

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