On behalf of Freemuse and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) I worked on a submission to theUnited Nation's Universal Periodic Review on the United States. The press release by the NCAC was picked up today by the Guardian.
From the summary:
This Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submission draws attention to the protection of artistic freedom within two particularly vulnerable populations: young persons (under the age of 18) and incarcerated persons. Concerning youth, we concentrate on the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas in the form of art in the context of mandatory public education in the United States. Concerning incarcerated persons, we concentrate on the protection of this freedom within U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers. We find that the U.S. could do more to honor its international commitments and we conclude with several proposals for the implementation of the recommendations accepted by the U.S. during the previous review.