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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

May 6, 2016
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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

In recognition of their respective fights against censorship and repressive governments, political cartoonists Zunar and Gado have been jointly awarded the biennial International Editorial Cartoons Prize from the organization Cartooning for Peace. In conjunction with the prize, their work and that of many other cartoonists from around the world is on display in Geneva, Switzerland,…

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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

May 5, 2016
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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

The award-winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki has been banned from the single K-12 school in the small town of Henning, Minnesota. According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Henning School District has no policy on challenges to library materials, but school administrators…

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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children.” The statement came in the…

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ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
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ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12 years and 9 months, but even her lawyer was not sure exactly when she would be set free. She was greeted by family…

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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

May 3, 2016
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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, a school district review committee in Marion County, Kentucky voted last night to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska in the high school curriculum. The book had been challenged by a parent who also called 12th grade English teacher Emily Veatch “godless” and “shameful” in a letter…

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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

May 3, 2016
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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

Two Turkish journalists were sentenced to two years in prison last week for republishing the post-attack Charlie Hebdo cover that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. Hikmet Cetinkaya and Ceyda Karan, both columnists for the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, are appealing their sentences and remain free in the interim. Cetinkaya and Karan both had columns included in…

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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

April 29, 2016
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Comic Created in WWII Safehouse Finally Published Decades Later

While hiding in a Dutch attic for more than two years during World War II, Emmanuel Joels passed the time creating a comic week by week and sending it to his girlfriend Hetty van Son, also hiding just a few miles away. Over 70 years later, the now 97-year-old Joels finally saw his three-volume series…

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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

April 29, 2016
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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

Shortly after Egypt’s judiciary allowed the satirical puppet Abla Fahita to be charged with “violating public morality,” she has now drawn the ire of Parliament as well by referring to its members as “impaired.” Some lawmakers are pressing for her program to be taken off the air on the privately owned satellite channel CBC. Abla…

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Iranian Cartoonist Heidari Released from Prison

April 27, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonist Heidari Released from Prison

Just a few days after we got word that Atena Farghadani is set to be released from an Iranian prison next month, her countryman and fellow cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been freed after he was re-arrested on a previous charge in November. Heidari announced his release yesterday with the cartoon shown here and a brief…

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Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

April 27, 2016
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Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

A substitute teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan is out of a job after her lesson on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe unexpectedly fell afoul of a school district sex education policy last week. Allison Wint is not contesting her dismissal, but says she was unaware that simply uttering the word “vagina” without prior notification to…

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