The Voice Project Launches 'Imprisoned for Art' Campaign

The Voice Project Launches 'Imprisoned for Art' Campaign

Giving a Voice to Those Who are Voiceless

Freedom of speech, the freedom to dissent, the freedom to let the minority voice be heard; for many artists around the world, those freedoms are acts of dissent and come with grave consequences for the dissenters, their families and their community.

The imprisonment of musicians, playwrights, filmmakers, writers, journalists, poets and painters is sadly not an unusual headline, but the not-for-profit organization, The Voice Project- backed by the likes of Johnny Depp and Peter Gabriel - hope to change the prevailing mood by speaking up for those who have been wrongly imprisoned or convicted.

"Freedom of expression is the foundational right for a free society, and it’s where one has to draw the battle lines when it’s threatened, because when it’s gone, then it’s just a matter of time for all the other human rights [to disappear]; you see this all over the world," explains Hunter Heaney, Co-Founder & Executive Director of The Voice Project.

Perhaps in the current political climate, now more than ever, The Voice Project needs us all to come together,"to be there for each other," as Heaney has said, and to use our clout as celebrity and individual to help those who are voiceless.

Today, we at Represent are proud to stand by The Voice Project to help those who are voiceless. 100% of all proceeds raised from this 2 week campaign will help the artists below who have been imprisoned. Join us, The Voice Project and the celebrity ambassadors below in showing freedom of expression is alive and well.

Familiar Names and Unfamiliar Faces but all Deserve the Right To Be.

Johnny Depp with filmmaker Oleg Sentsov imprisoned in Russia

Alex Ebert with singer Trần Vũ anh Bình imprisoned in Vietnam

Peter Gabriel with author and journalist Dawit Isaak imprisoned in Eritrea

Tom Morello with painter and journalist Tom Dundee imprisoned in Thailand

Ana Tijoux with poet Ashraf Fayadh imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

Nadya Tolokonnikova with singer Nûdem Durak imprisoned in Turkey

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