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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

January 29, 2015
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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

Malaysian police carried out another raid of cartoonist Zunar’s office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, seizing about 150 books despite having obtained no warrant for the search. Zunar himself is currently abroad in London, but has once again been summoned to a police station for questioning on sedition charges upon his return to Malaysia. The raid…

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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

January 27, 2015
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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

Citing a “misunderstanding,” the Long Beach, California public library yesterday invited local artist Lethia Cobbs to return a doll that a library employee had told her to remove from her artwork earlier this month. The piece includes a white police officer standing over an armless–literally “unarmed”–black man lying on the ground. The police tableau is…

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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

January 26, 2015
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Humble Comics Bundles: A Resounding Success!

Over the past several months, CBLDF has been the lucky beneficiary of several comics-themed Humble Bundles. Thanks to all the publishers, distributors, and readers who have chosen to share the proceeds with us! Don’t miss the latest package, the Humble Archie Comics Bundle, over here. Of course none of it would be possible without the…

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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal repercussions…

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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

January 22, 2015
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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

Nearly two months after a review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District decided not to ban Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain from classrooms, a parent has challenged another of the seven books that were temporarily suspended from the curriculum back in September. The new complaint from parent Meg…

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Jeff Smith to Headline Chicago FTRF Fundraiser

January 20, 2015
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Jeff Smith to Headline Chicago FTRF Fundraiser

Exciting news for Chicago-area residents, as well as librarians attending this month’s ALA Midwinter Meeting: Bone creator Jeff Smith will be the featured speaker at the Freedom To Read Foundation’s annual fundraiser on January 31! Join Smith, a CBLDF board member, and FTRF, an ALA-affiliated nonprofit and fellow sponsor of Banned Books Week, for a…

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On MLK Day, Explore Civil Rights and Black History Through Graphic Novels

January 19, 2015
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On MLK Day, Explore Civil Rights and Black History Through Graphic Novels

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For educators, librarians and parents looking for an accessible way to help young people explore the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of slavery in American history, we’ve gathered together some topical Using Graphic Novels in Education columns by Meryl Jaffe. Using…

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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

January 16, 2015
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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

While we’ve largely focused on the tragically relevant Charlie Hebdo attack and its global aftermath for much of the past week, the business of U.S. school boards has been marching on as well. We have a few updates from cases in which CBLDF joined with other free speech advocates to oppose school policies that would…

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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

January 15, 2015
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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

As anyone who follows our news coverage likely knows, France is certainly not the only country where cartoonists regularly face threats to their livelihoods and even their personal safety. In the week since the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the chilling effect from both extremists and government officials on cartoonists around the world has only…

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Comics World Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 13, 2015
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Comics World Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, comic creators around the globe have reacted with shock, solidarity, and honest examinations of their own roles in the global exchange of ideas. Below, we’ve brought together a variety of creators’ responses in both images and words. MAD Magazine In a video commentary for CBS…

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