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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

August 21, 2018
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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

Swiss customs recently confiscated 66 pounds of comics that were shipped home by a fan returning from Comiket, the massive Japanese dōjinshi convention. According to Melonpan, the self-described otaku whose comics were held, customs seized the comics because of how young the fictional characters appeared. Customs ultimately released the comics because the material was entirely fictional, and did…

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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

August 17, 2018
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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

Last year Washington County libraries were asked to take down LGBTQIA displays for Pride Month, replacing them this year with exhibits featuring the more generic “Diversity” theme. But when the librarians felt like they should do more to represent Pride, and made buttons reading “Ask me about LGBTQ reads” they were once again met with…

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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

August 15, 2018
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Decree 349 – Cuba’s New Legislation to Silence Artists

Starting in December, the Cuban Government hopes to have pre-approval overall Cuban arts and literature, according to the dystopian sounding Decree 349. The legislation was introduced in July in the official Cuban state paper, Gaceta de Cuba, and has spawned a backlash from local artists, writers, and musicians. Artistas Cubanxs en Contra del Decreto 349…

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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

August 14, 2018
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Chilean Journalist Faces 3 Years in Prison for Recounting a Crime Committed by a Convicted Criminal

The first hearing for a Chilean journalist charged with defamation is scheduled for this week, and the results could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press in the country. Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, faces three years in prison for defamation charges after the publication of his book Camalèon: Double Life of a Communist…

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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

August 13, 2018
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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

Disturbing news came out of the tech sector last week when a whistleblower released documents showing that Google is trying to re-enter the Chinese market with a search engine that conforms to the draconian censorship laws China’s internet is bound by. The project, named “Dragonfly” is still ongoing with no definite outcome determined, but just…

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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

August 9, 2018
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Image Comics Creators Fight Censorship!

Image teams with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for powerful anti-censorship variants this September This September, Image Comics fights censorship with a powerful line of variant covers to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education. All proceeds from this dynamic campaign will support CBLDF’s important legal…

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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

August 8, 2018
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Banned Comics for the End of Summer Reading

With the heat on full blast outside, and the thoughts of fall looming, graphic novels can be a great way to relax at the end of the summer. Whether you read solo, with you family, as part of a book club, or aloud to your dog, make sure to add these challenged and banned comics…

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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

August 7, 2018
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Survey Shows First Amendment is a Mystery to Many

Freedom Forum Institute released the results from their annual State of the First Amendment survey, and 40% of participants could not name even one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Out of the 1,009 respondents 3% could name four of the five freedoms protected, and only person who…

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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

August 1, 2018
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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been in the news a lot recently for failures of protecting free speech. A popular book by a world-famous author being label indecent. Children’s books being removed to a “closed section.” Freedom of the press in danger from self-censorship while being undermined by the government. These all add up to an unattractive…

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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

July 31, 2018
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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has finally been acquitted of the sedition charges leveled at him in 2015 by Malaysia’s previous ruling party. The nine charges stemmed, not from his political cartoons, but for his tweets about the corruption of the government, as well as the trumped-up sodomy charges that led to Anwar Ibrahim being jailed. Since…

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