European court overturns Malta ban on Auschwitz play

ECHR awards theatre company €20,000, ruling Stitching by Anthony Neilson wrongly banned

A theatre company has been awarded €20,000 by the European court of human rights after a Scottish playwright’s drama about Auschwitz was wrongly banned in Malta on the grounds of obscenity, blasphemy and glorifying sexual perversion.

The unanimous judgment by the Strasbourg court over Anthony Neilson’s play Stitching was welcomed by actors and directors as a victory for artistic freedom.

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