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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

December 2, 2016
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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein has been busy as ever these past few months, making the rounds of TV, radio, and print media to discuss our work defending comics from censorship attempts and our plans for the future! This week in advance of Giving Tuesday, Brownstein spoke to the Washington Post‘s resident comics expert Michael…

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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

December 2, 2016
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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

Update 12/2/16: After a public meeting attended by over 100 people last night, Dubuque Community Schools’ review committee unanimously voted to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the curriculum. More than 40 members of the public offered comments, and according to local news station KWWL “the overwhelming majority of those who spoke over…

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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

November 30, 2016
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Egyptian Court Rejects Naji’s Third Appeal for Release

A Cairo court on Saturday rejected author Ahmed Naji’s third appeal for release from prison, where he has now served 10 months of a two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in a state-owned newspaper in 2014. Naji still may have a chance at…

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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

November 30, 2016
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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

Wendy Campbell, the library director in the small town of Darby, Montana, who successfully organized a community discussion on Islam despite objections from some local residents, has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois’ School of Information Sciences and the publishing imprint Libraries…

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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

November 28, 2016
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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

It’s been an eventful weekend for Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist facing nine separate charges of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison. First, on Friday his new cartoon exhibit was stormed by an angry mob of government supporters displeased by his frequent criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Riot police…

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Zunar to Again Challenge Malaysia’s Sedition Act

November 25, 2016
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Zunar to Again Challenge Malaysia’s Sedition Act

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, currently facing nine separate sedition charges for statements he made on Twitter last year, announced yesterday that his latest challenge to the country’s Sedition Act will proceed on January 24, 2017. If the challenge fails and he is convicted in a subsequent trial, he could face up to 43 years in prison.…

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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

November 23, 2016
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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

When the first draft of the self-imposed Comics Code was drawn up in 1954, virtually every clause directly addressed some point of criticism that had come up in that year’s Senate hearings, which probed for some causal link between comics and juvenile delinquency. Chief among the critics was Dr. Fredric Wertham, the self-appointed expert on…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

November 22, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

In response to a Sullivan County, Tennessee parent who wants an entire world history textbook removed from her local school district’s seventh grade curriculum due to what she calls “Islamic indoctrination” in the unit on world religions, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project have sent a letter to the superintendent…

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived Virginia Proposal to Flag ‘Sexually Explicit’ School Books

November 21, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived Virginia Proposal to Flag ‘Sexually Explicit’ School Books

Just a few months after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials, the proposal has returned in the form of a new draft regulation from the state Department of Education. Last week, CBLDF and our partners in the Kids’…

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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

November 18, 2016
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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

The mother of a high school senior in Dubuque, Iowa has filed a challenge to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District. Even though the Contemporary Literature teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School already accommodated Jodi Lockwood’s request for an alternate assignment for her own…

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