Cuba softens new law on artistic expression

Cuba is softening the impact of a heavily criticized new law that would have given government inspectors power to shut down any exhibition or performance deemed to violate the country’s socialist revolutionary values, the country’s vice minister of culture told The Associated Press.

The law known as Decree 349, published in July, allowed “supervising inspectors” to review cultural events ranging from painting exhibitions to concerts and immediately close any show –and even confiscate the prized business license of any restaurant or bar hosting an objectionable event.

Following protests by many artists, Vice Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas told the AP in an interview Tuesday that when enforcement begins, inspectors on their own will only be able to shut down…

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