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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

March 4, 2015
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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

In light of the devastating news last week that Islamic State extremists apparently burned part or all of the public library collection in the Iraqi city of Mosul, CBLDF general counsel Robert Corn-Revere contributed a comprehensive overview of book burnings throughout history that was published on the Daily Beast. From the destruction of the great…

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

March 3, 2015
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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

The Kansas Senate last week passed a bill that could send teachers to jail if they expose students to material deemed “harmful to minors.” While proponents say the intention is to shield children from pornography, critics fear that the overbroad statute could criminalize many legitimate topics of study, from literature to art to biology. In…

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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

February 27, 2015
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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

The critically acclaimed comic collection Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez is being called “child porn” by the mother of a high school student in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and the book may have already been removed from a library collection in defiance of school district policy. Sadly, unbiased details are difficult to come by so far,…

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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

February 27, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

In 2006, Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was arrested and imprisoned for three months for drawing a children’s cartoon. In his memoir An Iranian Metamorphosis, he tells the surreal tale of his detention and eventual exile from his native country — an extreme example of the difficulties faced by cartoonists all over the world. Originally published…

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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

February 25, 2015
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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

This week our neighbors to the north are celebrating Freedom to Read Week! Much like Banned Books Week in the U.S., this is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” The week is organized by…

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

February 25, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

Following the recent revelation of new details regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 classroom ban of Persepolis, CBLDF got in touch with Library & Information Science graduate student Jarrett Dapier, who used the Freedom of Information Act to secure the release of emails among CPS administrators about the book. In the interview below, we talk…

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In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

February 23, 2015
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In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

Free speech lost a prime defender recently with the death of Herald Price Fahringer, the lawyer who over a more than 50-year career represented clients such as Larry Flynt and Screw magazine’s Al Goldstein. While abstaining from most vice himself, Fahringer was firmly committed to the principle that “freedom is only meaningful if it includes…

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Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship on Boston’s WERS Radio

February 20, 2015
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Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship on Boston’s WERS Radio

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently lent his expertise to an episode of the radio show You Are Here on Boston’s WERS 88.9 FM. Take a listen below as host Phillip Jones speaks to Brownstein and others about worldwide challenges and bans of graphic novels and picture books! The 13-minute episode focuses primarily on challenges…

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Grad Student Uncovers Truth About Persepolis Ban in Chicago Public Schools

February 19, 2015
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Grad Student Uncovers Truth About Persepolis Ban in Chicago Public Schools

A graduate student’s research is throwing new light on Chicago Public Schools officials’ 2013 effort to remove Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from libraries and classrooms throughout the district. Emails released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and first reported in the Chicago Reader last week confirm what seemed incredible to observers at the…

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CBLDF Podcast Episode 10: Susan Alston

February 17, 2015
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CBLDF Podcast Episode 10: Susan Alston

In this episode, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein talks to former CBLDF Executive Director Susan Alston about the early days of the Fund! We discuss: Mike Diana, Paul Mavrides, social media, the Supreme Court, and much more. In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the…

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