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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

December 16, 2016
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How Web Comics Revolutionized Free Speech

For decades, syndicated press was virtually the only means for cartoonists to have their works published and build their readership. With a combined rise in social and political limitations, though, the internet and web comics grew to be the champion of cartoonists in a world where free speech is challenged everyday. A recently reposted article by The Economist describes…

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NCAC Launches Censorpedia

December 15, 2016
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This past weekend, the National Coalition Against Censorship launched Censorpedia, a crowdsourced database that collects censorship cases from around the world to facilitate the research and awareness of some of the most notorious violations of the right to free expression. In observance of the United Nation’s annual Human Rights Day, NCAC showed their support for civil…

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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

December 14, 2016
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Despite Challenges, Russian Indie Comics Scene Continues to Grow

Around the world, comics have been embraced as literature and a medium for free speech. Russia is no exception. In a recent editorial piece on Vice News, Thomas Carey Frazier shares his experiences visiting the country’s Astro Con and the “strange and beautiful” indie comics scene that has emerged in the past five years. From…

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Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in Classrooms

December 13, 2016
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In a recent TEDx talk, acclaimed comics creator and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang explained why comics belong in the classrooms. From continual attempts to ban comics and graphic novels from classrooms to contending with decades-old negative stereotypes that comics don’t serve any educational purpose, incorporating comics and graphic novels in school curriculum…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Raising Concerns Over WA Daycare Program’s Ban on “Frightening Images”

December 1, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter to the Washington State Department of Early Learning expressing concern about a regulation that prevents childcare providers from selecting potentially “frightening books.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique…

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Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman Bring the Spirit of Protest With RESIST!

November 30, 2016
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Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman are exercising their right to free expression and making a call to RESIST! with a special issue of comics and illustrations geared towards the “political resistance to the forces of intolerance.” The art editor for The New Yorker and comics writer are teaming up with Gabe Fowler of Brooklyn, New…

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MI University Editorial Explores the Impact of Banning Books on Millennials

November 23, 2016
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An editorial piece on Central Michigan University’s website reminds us of the detriments of banning books, adding a new spin that by doing so might propagate an isolated and less diversified intellectual culture amongst a new generation of tech-savvy youths. From seminal classics like Romeo and Juliet to modern works like Harry Potter and the…

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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #8, Featuring GARTH ENNIS, FOCs Today!

November 21, 2016
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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #8, Featuring GARTH ENNIS, FOCs Today!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the last issue of 2016, CBLDF talks with Preacher writer and sometimes controversial scribe Garth Ennis about censorship, politics, and more! Retailers, FOC is today (OCT161400), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender #8 features a cover by the inimitable and gone-too-soon Steve Dillon. In this issue,…

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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

November 18, 2016
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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

This year has proved to be a turbulent in many regards — a sentiment most poignantly felt within the free speech community. From increasing controversy regarding Facebook’s nudity policy to a whole community coming together to defend the children’s picture book I Am Jazz, the National Coalition Against censorship compiled a list of 2016′s top 16 free speech defenders…

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Russian Library Director Goes to Trial for Possessing “Extremist” Books

November 14, 2016
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The director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, Russia, has begun the trial process after being charged and put on house arrest last year for possessing books that “incite ethnic hatred.” Last October, Natalia Sharina’s personal residence as well as her place of work were raided by Russian authorities, who claim to have…

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