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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

December 8, 2017
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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

Even as he faces up to 43 years in prison on sedition charges, political cartoonist Zunar is not holding back from calling out the Malaysian government’s hypocrisy and retaliatory blacklisting of performers who dare to speak up for regular citizens. Given that his exhibition of cartoons skewering Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling party…

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ALA Members Establish Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

December 7, 2017
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ALA Members Establish Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

Comics and the librarians who love them will soon have a more stable home within the American Library Association, thanks to the establishment of a Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table which will have a budget for programming, resource development, and other initiatives. The Round Table represents the next step in the evolution…

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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

December 6, 2017
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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

The National Coalition Against Censorship today urged the school district in Katy, Texas to obey its own challenge policy and restore Angie Thomas’ award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel The Hate U Give to school library shelves. The book is currently under review after it was challenged last month by a parent who complained of “inappropriate language,”…

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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

December 5, 2017
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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

The school district in Santa Rosa County, Florida is standing by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, despite a complaint from an irony-challenged parent who demanded that the cautionary tale about censorship be removed from the 8th grade curriculum. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said that a review committee assessed the book and decided it was an appropriate option,…

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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

December 4, 2017
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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

It has now been almost three months since graphic novelist and political cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested without charge in his native country of Equatorial Guinea. Now a U.K.-based law firm specializing in human rights issues has teamed up with Cartoonists Rights Network International and the Equatoguinean advocacy group EG Justice to petition the…

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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

December 1, 2017
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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

School officials in Katy, Texas have banned the critically acclaimed YA novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas without following district challenge policy, according to a student who posted about the incident on Twitter. Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt reportedly ordered the book pulled from shelves in mid-November after some parents complained…

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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

November 30, 2017
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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

A mother in North Tyneside, UK set off a bit of a British media frenzy last week with her request to remove a version of Sleeping Beauty from her six-year-old son’s school curriculum because the story might suggest to “children that it is OK to kiss a woman while she’s asleep.” Sarah Hall posted pictures…

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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

November 29, 2017
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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, already fighting nine counts of sedition and a personal travel ban that prevents him from leaving the country, was called in for questioning by police today over a cartoon that he posted online in August. Meanwhile, a mid-level court also denied his request to have the constitutionality of his travel ban decided…

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London Cartoon Censorship Exhibit Ends Friday

November 27, 2017
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London Cartoon Censorship Exhibit Ends Friday

Persecuted cartoonists from around the world are in the spotlight this month at London’s Westminster Reference Library, which is hosting the exhibition “Gagged,” featuring “cartoons about censorship and repression of cartoonists from around the world.” The free exhibit is on display through this Friday, Dec. 1. “Gagged” is coordinated by the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation…

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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

November 22, 2017
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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

Egyptian police on Sunday raided the office of a small independent press, Merit Publishing House, and detained a volunteer staff member for “being in possession of unregistered books without ISBNs,” implying they likely weren’t approved by government censors. The same staff member, Mohamed Zein, was briefly detained in 2015 for the same alleged offense. Since…

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