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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

October 25, 2017
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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been restored to the 10th grade curriculum at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois. The book was temporarily suspended pending a review committee decision, after one parent simply requested an alternate assignment for their own child.…

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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

October 24, 2017
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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

Chinese authorities claim to have released Gui Minhai, the last of five men associated with Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current who were originally detained in late 2015. According to his daughter Angela Gui, however, his whereabouts remain unknown and he has not contacted family or friends since his alleged release on October 17. Gui was…

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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

October 23, 2017
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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested and charged with sedition in 2012 before the charges were ultimately dropped, has warned in a new interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the state of free expression in his country has worsened during the intervening years. Mumbai police banned Trivedi’s blog Cartoons Against Corruption in…

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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

October 20, 2017
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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

In the wake of a draconian censorship directive from the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, numerous students, teachers, parents, and community members are speaking up in defense of the freedom to read. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any library materials, textbooks, or supplemental texts that contain “profanity, cursing, or…

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Turkish Cartoonists Persist Despite Government Crackdown

October 19, 2017
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Turkish Cartoonists Persist Despite Government Crackdown

As Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and his journalist colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet continue to await a verdict on baseless charges of “aiding and abetting” terrorist organizations, other cartoonists in Turkey are also feeling the heat. At least one, Sefer Selvi, is officially under government investigation based on a citizen’s complaint. According to a…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of To Kill a Mockingbird in Biloxi

October 18, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of To Kill a Mockingbird in Biloxi

In response to the abrupt removal of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi last week, CBLDF has joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging the school district to follow its existing challenge policy and convene a review committee for the book.…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

October 17, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

For at least the fifth time this year, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged as part of a public school curriculum. This time it’s at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois, and CBLDF recently joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to urge that…

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Another Delay for Zunar in Challenge to Personal Travel Ban

October 16, 2017
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Another Delay for Zunar in Challenge to Personal Travel Ban

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar will have to wait at least another month for his day in court to challenge the personal travel ban that has prevented him from leaving the country since last year. A judge deferred the hearing to November 16 because Zunar’s lead attorney was not available on the original date last Friday. Zunar…

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Bechdel, Satrapi, Chast Featured in Simpsons Cameos

October 13, 2017
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Bechdel, Satrapi, Chast Featured in Simpsons Cameos

A women in comics dream team assembled for last week’s episode of The Simpsons , a team that also happened to include two creators whose graphic novels are frequently challenged — and a full slate of women who were also profiled in CBLDF’s book She Changed Comics! A convention panel in the episode “Springfield Splendor” featured…

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PEN America Creates Resource Directory for Artists at Risk

October 12, 2017
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PEN America Creates Resource Directory for Artists at Risk

In light of ongoing threats to artistic freedom around the world, PEN America this week announced its new resource called the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC). The project aims to connect threatened artists with “emergency funding, housing opportunities, residencies, fellowships and grants, and legal, immigration, and resettlement services” for which they may be eligible. PEN…

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