When silence reaches its peak and oppression clinches its grasp, a wave of irrefutable destruction is left in its wake. The sound of speech is the last-ditch effort to draw attention to the attempted eradication of one's fundamental right: the freedom to create and spark dialogue.
The severe political instability, war and advance of humanitarian crises across the globe is worsening the state of civil liberties and artistic freedom. Due to the pandemic, activists and free speech advocates raise concerns about the aggravated dismissal of free speech and the constant hits on culture.
According to one study done by Civicus Monitor, 87 % of the world’s population is now living in “closed”, “repressed” and “obstructed” countries, where detention of protesters, attacks on journalists and artists, and censorship has grown exponentially.
I raise the question, where do artists and thinkers fit in a country where expression of ideologies can become a death sentence?