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Indian Cartoonist Keeps Drawing Despite Death Threats

February 12, 2016
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Indian Cartoonist Keeps Drawing Despite Death Threats

Three years after she first sparred with a popular guru and his rabid followers, Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra was recently profiled on the Humans of Bombay Facebook page, sharing more about her experience of living in fear after numerous death and rape threats–and her determination not to be intimidated into silence. Mishra was inspired to…

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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

February 12, 2016
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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

In the aftermath of his overnight arrest last week, Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish is speaking out through media interviews to make clear that he will not be intimidated into stopping or modifying his work. In fact, he says the Sisi government would do well to consider the criticisms in political caricatures currently flourishing on social…

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Atena Farghadani Explained in Pictures

February 11, 2016
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Atena Farghadani

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has now been in prison for over a year, currently awaiting an appeal of her nearly 13-year sentence for drawing a cartoon that showed members of Parliament as animals. Recently, New Zealand cartoonist Toby Morris produced “Atena and the Animals,” a webcomic that lays out the whole saga of…

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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

February 10, 2016
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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

Less than a week after This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki was removed from three elementary schools in Seminole County, Florida, the critically acclaimed graphic novel is now under fire in the district’s high schools as well. A new report from the same local TV station that previously issued a heavily biased story…

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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

February 9, 2016
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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

This year’s Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the comics community, but one FIBD story has largely flown under the radar. That would be the decision not to give out a Freedom of Expression Award, founded with much fanfare just a year ago in honor of…

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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

February 5, 2016
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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently had the opportunity to tour the current exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. Impressed by the visit, he wrote it up for The Beat. Interference Archive is a volunteer-run, community-funded collection of “objects that are created as part of social movements…

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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

February 4, 2016
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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, which last year made history as the first graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Honor and subsequently was the graphic novel that CBLDF had to defend most frequently in 2015, has been removed from three elementary school libraries in Seminole County, Florida, after a parent complaint about…

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CBLDF Signs on to Support American Idiot in Connecticut High School

February 2, 2016
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CBLDF Signs on to Support American Idiot in Connecticut High School

CBLDF and six other free expression and arts advocacy organizations today signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Enfield (CT) High School regarding the recent cancellation of a planned student production of the rock opera American Idiot. The letter urges EHS to implement clear procedures for selecting plays and for…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

February 2, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested on Sunday, allegedly for operating a website without government authorization, but was released yesterday without charge. Although his cartoons tend towards social rather than political satire, it appears an arresting officer found some of his drawings, which mildly mocked government figures, and thus “unofficially accuse[d] him of insulting the…

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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Jackie Ormes

February 1, 2016
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Profiles in Black Cartooning: Jackie Ormes

In celebration of Black History Month, CBLDF has partnered with Black Nerd Problems to spotlight Black comics creators and cartoonists who made significant contributions to free expression. Visit CBLDF.org throughout the month of February to learn more!  Zelda Jackson Ormes, better known as Jackie, was the first African American woman to make a living as a cartoonist.…

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