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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOC’s 8/15!

August 12, 2016
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RETAILERS: Engage Your Community with the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! FOC’s 8/15!

Retailers: Engage your community during Banned Books week with the 2016 edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook! Stock up now — the Handbook FOC’s on Monday, August 15 (Diamond order code JUL161460)! This year’s Banned Books Week celebrates diversity, and this handbook gets you involved! Learn which diverse comics are banned, how to report and fight censorship,…

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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

August 12, 2016
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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

On July 25, authorities in the U.K. detained a Muslim citizen at an airport after a cabin crew member reported her for “suspicious activity.” That activity? Reading a book celebrating the freedom of expression in Syria. Faizah Shaheen was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when she was detained. A cabin crew member had reported her…

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Senator Responds to NCAC Letter Opposed to Chesterfield Censorship

August 11, 2016
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Senator Responds to NCAC Letter Opposed to Chesterfield Censorship

In early August, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in defending several summer reading books that were challenged for “sexually explicit” content in Chesterfield County, Virginia. State Senator Amanda Chase, who has forced her way into the fray by suggesting the librarians who compiled the lists be fired and the books banned, has responded to…

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Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

August 9, 2016
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Exiled Cartoonist: “I’m From the Internet”

Despite 27 years in exile, Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih has found a home: the internet. Like many cartoonists displaced by oppressive regimes, Albaih recognizes the power of the web as a tool for circumventing censorship, expressing dissent, and fomenting change. Albaih was born in Romania, where his father served as a Suadanese diplomat. His mother was an…

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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

August 9, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Refuse to Back Down in Post-Coup Crackdown

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spent years trying to crack down on free expression in the country. A failed July coup attempt heralded even more oppression, but much like previous attempts to stifle dissent, Turkey’s satirists are still finding ways to express themselves. Jonathan Guyer of the Institute of Current World Affairs was in Turkey for…

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Banned in China: Suicide Squad Unlikely to See Release Due to Violence

August 8, 2016
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Banned in China: Suicide Squad Unlikely to See Release Due to Violence

Things are looking dire for a Chinese release of Suicide Squad. The movie has yet to appear on the internal release calendar for the China Film Group, the state-owned movie distributor that handles all imported films, indicating that the film has not been approved by China’s censors. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that a ban is likely because the…

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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

July 29, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

  Chinese cartoonist Badiucao has no qualms about tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. As a result, he’s become skilled at eluding the authorities that would censor him. In a recent interview with Cartoonists Rights Network International, Badiacao speaks about the lengths he goes to in order to protect his identity and safety in a country…

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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

July 29, 2016
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Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference

“Yes, for those of you wondering, today’s Pearls strip got pulled,” writes Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis in a Wednesday Facebook post.  Since this announcement, Pastis has been trying to share the cartoon on Facebook but the only thing that appears when he posts the image is a black box. Whether this is due…

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Portland: Enjoy a Live Music Celebration of Geek Culture This Friday to Benefit CBLDF!

July 26, 2016
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Portland: Enjoy a Live Music Celebration of Geek Culture This Friday to Benefit CBLDF!

Hello, Portland! This Friday, join the PDX Broadsides and the Wesley Crushers for a live music celebration of geek culture to benefit CBLDF! The festivities kick off at 7:00 p.m. at NXT Industries (1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd). The evening will be hosted by Alison Hallett and Erik Henricksen of Comics Underground. It’s 21+, BYOB,…

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SDCC 2016: Sunday — Live Art Jam and Your Last Chance for Exclusives!

July 24, 2016
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SDCC 2016: Sunday — Live Art Jam and Your Last Chance for Exclusives!

And just like that, Comic-Con comes to an end: Today is the last day of the show, and you last chance to get CBLDF exclusives (providing we haven’t sold out)! You can also take in our always-entertaining Live Art Jam — and take some of the pieces home — and meet Fabio Moon and Gabriel…

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