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British Library Exhibition Will Feature Comics and “Naughtiness”

January 24, 2014
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British Library Exhibition Will Feature Comics and “Naughtiness”

Exciting news! This summer, the British Library in London will be holding the largest exhibition of landmark and historical comics ever presented in the UK. The show, called Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, will run from May 2 through August 19 and include over 200 works by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark…

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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

January 21, 2014
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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

Some troubling media regulations that were passed in Ecuador last year are apparently being employed against political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who may face trial over a panel that ran in the newspaper El Universo and offended President Rafael Correa. Bonilla told Agence France-Presse that he does not yet know the exact charge, but early this…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

January 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

This week, CBLDF joined the other sponsoring members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to support students’ and teachers’ free expression rights in two separate but similar cases that would restrict the right to read. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and…

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Explore Comics Censored in China

January 15, 2014
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Explore Comics Censored in China

We’ve told you before about a few examples of memes, cartoons, and other images being censored on China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo. An army of 150 censors police Weibo’s 500 million users, deleting anything they find that might displease the government. But because images are more difficult than keywords to detect and block, cartoons…

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Teachers: Don’t Miss These 2013 Graphic Novels

January 14, 2014
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Teachers: Don’t Miss These 2013 Graphic Novels

One of our missions here at CBLDF is promoting the use of comics and graphic novels in schools — hence our publications Raising a Reader! How Comic & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! and CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, as well as Meryl Jaffe’s column Using Graphic Novels…

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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

January 8, 2014
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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

In January 2013, a months-long dispute over Patricia Polacco’s In Our Mothers’ House was finally resolved when the Davis School District in Farmington, Utah, returned the picture book to open library shelves. Since April 2012, the book about a lesbian couple and their children had been kept behind the library counter, rather like a controlled…

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Censorship 2013: Student Protest Saves Persepolis in Chicago Public Schools

January 3, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Student Protest Saves Persepolis in Chicago Public Schools

When a blogger leaked a March 14 email from the principal of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, Illinois, students in the district took immediate action. Within hours of discovering the email, students used social media to organize a protest that put hundreds of them on the rainy streets outside Lane Tech and in front…

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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

December 17, 2013
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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

Indian blogs are reporting that two pieces by political cartoonist Manjul were repeatedly deleted from Twitter with no explanation over the weekend, but the cartoons have just as mysteriously been allowed to remain after he posted each of them a third time. Twitter has not responded to queries as of yet, but it appears the…

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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

December 12, 2013
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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case that has the potential to greatly clarify the free speech rights of students in public schools. While that is of course a very important issue not to be taken lightly, the actual area of contention in this particular…

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Absolutely True Diary Pulled From Classrooms at West Virginia Middle School

December 3, 2013
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Absolutely True Diary Pulled From Classrooms at West Virginia Middle School

Two weeks after the last challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was positively resolved, the book has been removed from eighth grade classrooms at a middle school in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, after a parent complained about its “profanity and sexual content.” When the local newspaper initially reported the…

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