UNESCO calls for more protection for artists under attack

United Nations,
04 May 2023, International

The international community must provide greater protection to artists caught up in armed conflict, political instability, and natural disasters, the UN Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new report titled Defending Creative Voices.

Emergencies tend to exacerbate the vulnerabilities people who work in the arts already experience, as they face multiple threats such as online and offline harassment, loss of income, legal prosecution, violence, censorship, and silencing. 

Creatives also often lack minimal safety nets due to their precarious legal status, according to the report.