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Qatari Cartoonists Vital Part of Country’s Journalism

December 11, 2013
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Qatari Cartoonists Vital Part of Country’s Journalism

Halfway across the world, in a tiny country on the Arabian Peninsula, cartoonists are in high demand. In Qatar, which is slightly smaller in size than the state of Connecticut, editorial cartoonists are a vital part of journalism in the area — often to the frustration of local officials. Qatari caricature artists enjoy a relatively…

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When Censorship Gets Ridiculous

November 21, 2013
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When Censorship Gets Ridiculous

Things can get pretty serious over here at CBLDF. Whether it’s fighting to keep literature accessible in schools and libraries, or cartoonists literally fearing for their lives, censorship can have powerful negative implications. Which is why, sometimes, it’s nice to take a step back to fathom just how ridiculous censorship can be. Luckily, humor-site Cracked.com has…

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Popular Cartoon Runs Afoul of Chinese Censors

October 25, 2013
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Popular Cartoon Runs Afoul of Chinese Censors

Accusations of animated violence have led to censorship of one of China’s most popular children’s cartoons off air. The cartoon, Pleasant Goat and the Big Bad Wolf — sometimes billed as China’s version of Mickey Mouse, complete with some licencing agreements with Disney — is in big trouble with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio,…

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Cartoonist Fights Inclusion on U.S. No-Fly List

September 10, 2013
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Cartoonist Fights Inclusion on U.S. No-Fly List

For several years, Toronto cartoonist Shahid Mahmood has been on the United States’ no-fly list for reasons unknown. Mahmood discovered his no-fly status when he attempted to board an Air Canada flight in 2004. Several years and an inquiry from the Canada Human Rights Tribunal later, he settled with the airline. However, he feels that…

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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

August 30, 2013
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Russian Artist Seeks Asylum After Authorities Shut Down His Exhibition

Russian authorities confiscated politically-charged paintings on Monday from a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg. As a result of the seizure, the artist fled the country and the exhibit was shut down. The paintings — one of which depicts Russia’s President Vladmir Putin decked out in a negligee, caressing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry…

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Indianapolis Library Refuses to Censor Erotic Novel

August 22, 2013
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Indianapolis Library Refuses to Censor Erotic Novel

An Indiana library is facing some heat after a 9-year-old obtained an erotic novel using the self-check out system. After the child left the library with a copy of the erotic novel Night Games by Crystal Jordan, the child’s grandmother, Jeannine Deeren, sent a request to the library asking for the removal of the book.…

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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

August 14, 2013
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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

Thailand doesn’t skimp when it comes to censorship. According to a recent article by Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku, the country’s scrupulous censorship laws commonly disrupt the dubbed anime that is broadcast on Thai television. Whatever is deemed inappropriate — be it anime or not — has a hefty blur smudged over the offending material. Thai…

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Facebook and ACLU Challenge the Ruling That “Likes” Are Not Free Speech

August 21, 2012
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What if “liking” a page on Facebook could cost you your job? A judge in Virginia ruled last spring that Facebook “likes” are not protected under the First Amendment. According to U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, “merely 'liking' a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”

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Camilla d’Errico Talks About the Censorship of Women’s Bodies in Art

August 10, 2012
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Camilla d’Errico Talks About the Censorship of Women’s Bodies in Art

The latest San Diego Comic Con may have finished, but the discussion concerning women in comics — be they behind the drawing board or in the pages — is far from over. Following the SDCC panel “Censorship at the Female Artist”, in which female panelists talked about their experiences depicting the female body in their…

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ERROR 451: This Page Has Been Burned

July 6, 2012
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ERROR 451: This Page Has Been Burned

It’s just another average day of internet browsing. You’re doing your thing, checking the news, maybe taking a detour to your favorite webcomic. Then, WHAM (or rather, the internet version of said sound effect). ERROR 451. What happened? Did the servers overload? Did the connection crash? Is the address wrong? No; this page has been…

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