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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed to July

May 22, 2015
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Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to face nine sedition counts this week, but at the last minute a court postponed the start of his trial to July 7 due to a separate pending legal challenge to the country’s entire Sedition Act. In a statement on Facebook, Zunar said the trial could be delayed yet again…

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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

May 21, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

A 29-year-old Iranian artist and women’s rights activist is facing up to two years in prison, plus corporal punishment, for a cartoon she drew last year criticizing a bill that would outlaw some forms of birth control. Atena Farghadani’s trial finished in just one day this week, but the judge said he may take “anywhere…

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Cartoonist to Leave Charlie Hebdo Amid Staff Tensions

May 19, 2015
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Cartoonist to Leave Charlie Hebdo Amid Staff Tensions

The fallout from the January attack on Charlie Hebdo continues, as surviving cartoonist Luz confirmed this week that he plans to leave the publication in September. The news comes in the midst of a public dispute among staff over the future direction of the magazine, which has seen a dramatic financial rebound since the attack.…

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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

May 18, 2015
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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

King & King, a frequently-challenged picture book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland about two princes who fall in love, is at the center of a controversy in rural Orange County, North Carolina. Third-grade teacher Omar Currie read the book to his class in order to put a stop to bullying against one particular…

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Multimedia Content!

May 15, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Multimedia Content!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our multimedia resources? Aside from regular news coverage here on CBLDF.org, we now produce a podcast and a free quarterly news magazine.  CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING INTO ACTION and become a member of CBLDF today so we…

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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

May 15, 2015
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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

City officials in San Bernardino, California, last week agreed to restore a painting of a nude fairy to its place in a public library exhibit after the National Coalition Against Censorship said its removal raised “serious constitutional concerns.” The painting by Rose Loya, called “Free Spirit Fairy,” is part of an exhibit from the Inland…

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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

May 14, 2015
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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

In the tumultuous years since the US-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically for everyone–including political cartoonists. In a recent interview from the online magazine Sampsonia Way, cartoonist Saad Murtadha discussed what’s changed, the difficulties he still faces, and his vision for the future…

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

May 14, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our education and history programs? CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING INTO ACTION and become a member of CBLDF today so we can do more work like this: The Comics Code Seal Naturally, much of our historical research touches on…

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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

May 13, 2015
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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

Just over a week before Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition is slated to begin, a Malaysian court yesterday allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to move forward with a separate effort to ban two of his cartoon books which have been unbanned only since October 2014. Last year’s decision by a three-judge Court…

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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

May 11, 2015
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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

A Turkish newspaper columnist wrote last week that the state-run television broadcaster cancelled the popular children’s cartoon Pepee in 2013 because the main character proclaimed to his young audience that “theft, slander and lying are bad.” Some within then-Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, which has recently faced numerous accusations of corruption and…

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