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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

November 17, 2017
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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

In a judicial hearing yesterday, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar requested that the country’s highest court consider his challenge to a punitive order that prevents him from traveling abroad. The personal travel ban was imposed last year by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar until such time as the nine charges of sedition against the cartoonist are…

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Conejo Valley School Board Approves ‘Red-Flagging’ of Books

November 16, 2017
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Conejo Valley School Board Approves ‘Red-Flagging’ of Books

During a contentious meeting Tuesday night that dragged on for six hours, California’s Conejo Valley school board passed a new ‘red-flagging’ policy that will require high school English teachers to warn parents of any assigned book considered to have “mature content.” The final written text of the policy was not released to the public before…

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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

November 15, 2017
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

A Japanese politician and elected member of the national legislature has apologized after implying that anime and video games may have influenced an alleged serial killer who is suspected of murdering and dismembering at least nine people. House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto drew the baseless connection during a recent appearance on a TV talk…

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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

November 14, 2017
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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

Indian cartoonist Bala G. is vowing to continue his work, despite the fact that he was arrested earlier this month for defamation and obscenity after drawing three local officials in the buff. The cartoon in question was a commentary on the murder-suicide by fire of a family of four outside a municipal office, after their…

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Conejo Valley Board to Vote on Contested ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

November 10, 2017
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Conejo Valley Board to Vote on Contested ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

In front of an overflow crowd at the Tuesday evening meeting of California’s Conejo Valley school board, president Mike Dunn insisted that the board will vote next week on a proposed ‘red-flagging’ policy for reading assignments, which would require teachers to warn parents about any assigned book considered to have “mature content.” Conejo Valley first…

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Italian Street Artist Charged With Blasphemy for Jesus Poster

November 9, 2017
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Italian Street Artist Charged With Blasphemy for Jesus Poster

An Italian street artist who goes by the pseudonym Hogre is facing a blasphemy charge over a poster of a pedophilic Jesus that briefly hung in a Rome bus shelter this summer. The poster titled Ecce Homo Erectus was a commentary on Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, the latest high-ranking Catholic official charged with child sexual…

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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

November 8, 2017
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London Exhibit to Feature Censored Cartoonists

Persecuted cartoonists from around the world will be in the spotlight this month when London’s Westminster Reference Library hosts the exhibition “Gagged,” featuring “cartoons about censorship and repression of cartoonists from around the world.” The free exhibit will be on display from Nov. 21 – Dec. 1. “Gagged” is coordinated by the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’…

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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

November 7, 2017
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Conejo Valley Teachers Fight Back Against Proposed ‘Red-Flagging’ Policy

After a months-long standoff over initial curricular approval for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this summer, teachers in California’s Conejo Valley Unified School District say that one school board member is trying to push through a new policy requiring them to warn parents of any assigned book considered to have…

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Libya Comic Con Shut Down by Militia; Organizers Detained

November 6, 2017
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Libya Comic Con Shut Down by Militia; Organizers Detained

Libya’s second annual comic con was cut short on Friday when it was stormed by armed militia forces who shut down the event and detained about 20 people. Most have since been released — not exactly unscathed — but the militia says six organizers of the show will be turned over to prosecutors for “attack…

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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

November 3, 2017
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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj is under investigation for “insulting religion” and “inciting sectarian strife” after a private citizen filed a complaint over a cartoon that shows the crucified Jesus denouncing the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem. The cartoon is in response to recent news that the Church has sold land to Israeli…

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