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CBLDF DEFENDER Vol. 3 #1 Now Available!

March 14, 2018
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CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)!  CBLDF Defender Vol. 3 #1 features cover by Declan Shalvey from Warren Ellis’s Injection, which Bellaire colors. In the issue, we look at the ongoing prosecutions of international…

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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

February 27, 2018
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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

Last year, Florida signed into law HB 989, legislation that allows any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” The fallout from that law is starting to become evident. One of the concerns over the law is the…

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Wyoming School Board Bans A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl

February 26, 2018
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Wyoming School Board Bans A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl

The Cody School Board voted 5-1 to ban Tanya Stone’s A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl from district libraries. In banning the book, the board trustees ignored a review committee recommendation to keep the book. The board also voted to implement library software that would notify parents of their children’s reading habits unless the parents…

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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

February 23, 2018
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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

Malaysian graphic designer, artist, and activist Fahmi Reza has been sentenced to a month in jail and a RM30,000 (around $7,700) fine for uploading a sketch depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a clown. Reza was found guilty of spreading online content deemed “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy,…

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Beaverton Deputy Superintendent Bans Book from District Middle Schools

February 21, 2018
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Beaverton Deputy Superintendent Bans Book from District Middle Schools

Andrew Smith’s young adult novel has been banned from middle schools in the Beaverton, Oregon, school district. A parent and student filed a complaint over the book, saying it was inappropriate because of vulgar language. A review committee made up of two community members, two English teachers, a library specialist teacher, and an administrator recommended…

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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

February 14, 2018
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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

Cartoonist Zunar has been granted leave for a judicial review of his challenge to the ban to his book Sapuman: Man of Steal. Zunar filed the legal action in early January. The next court date for the challenge is February 27. Despite concerns from the international community, as voiced by United Nations envoy Karima Bennoune,…

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Retailers: CBLDF Defender Vol. 1 #3, Featuring JORDIE BELLAIRE, FOCs TODAY!

February 12, 2018
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Retailers: CBLDF Defender Vol. 1 #3, Featuring JORDIE BELLAIRE, FOCs TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN181466), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender Vol. 3 #1 features cover by Declan Shalvey from Warren…

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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

February 9, 2018
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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

The recent challenge to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give in Springfield, Missouri, inspired a local journalist to dig into attempts to remove content in schools and libraries in the state. In her research, Claudette Riley of the Springfield News-Leader uncovered 36 censorship incidents in the state, including attempts to remove 26 books, since 2014.…

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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

February 8, 2018
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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

The Duluth school district is removing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from required reading over the use of a racial slur. A specific challenge to the books did not trigger the removal, which was instead a response to several complaints about racial slurs registered by the district over the…

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The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

February 7, 2018
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The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein has teamed up with John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) to co-curate The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, an exhibit on display at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, February 28 – June 30, 2018. The Art of MARCH: A…

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