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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

April 30, 2018
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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

Last week, Reporters Without Borders released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, and increasingly it seems that Freedom of the Press is under attack globally. The report demonstrates “growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a…

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a terror group without…

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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

April 27, 2018
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Join CBLDF at Powell’s for Talk about Kids Comics

Join CBLDF Deputy Director, Alex Cox, this Saturday, April 28th at 2 pm, as he leads a discussion at Powell’s Bookshop in Portland with four children’s graphic novelists and illustrators. The creators include Graham Annable with Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths (First Second), Robin Robinson with The City on the Other Side (First…

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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

April 26, 2018
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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

“In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time.” – Charles Brownstein of CBLDF At the 2018 Oregon Library Association annual conference in Eugene, OR, on April 20, 2018, the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award  was presented to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The award is granted…

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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

April 25, 2018
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Egyptian Author Fined for Sexually Explicit Excerpt

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was fined LE 20,000 following his third trial for “harming public morality” by republishing an excerpt from his experimental book Using Life (also known as Use of Life) in 2014. Naji was initially acquitted of these charges, but the prosecution was able to appeal the decision. Subsequently, Naji was convicted and…

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Comic & Graphic Novel ALA Group Needs Your Help!

April 24, 2018
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Comic & Graphic Novel ALA Group Needs Your Help!

Back in December, it was announced that comic books and the librarians who love them will soon have more support from the creation of a Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table. The current incarnation of the group, Graphic Novels & Comics Member Interest Group, GNC MIG, has assisted with educator and librarian events…

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Full Bleed Sneak Peek: Catching Up with the Hernandez Brothers

April 23, 2018
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Full Bleed Sneak Peek: Catching Up with the Hernandez Brothers

Our neighbors and friends at IDW: PDX are putting together their second issue of Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly. The Kickstarter funded, hardcover magazine is curated and edited by IDW’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams — who joined CBLDF’s Board of Directors in February of this year. They were kind enough to share a first look…

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CBLDF Reception for The Art of MARCH

April 20, 2018
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CBLDF Reception for The Art of MARCH

CBLDF cordially invites every student, teacher, art lover, activist, and free speech defender to join us for: The Art of MARCH: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reception May 4 – 6:30 – 9PM Join Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award winning MARCH trilogy at a special reception for The Art of MARCH: A…

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Charlie Hedbo Cartoonist Among Honored at Free Expression Awards

April 20, 2018
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Charlie Hedbo Cartoonist Among Honored at Free Expression Awards

This year was the third annual Free Expression Awards, an honor designed by the Newseum and Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. to recognize those who exhibit and inspire excellence and courage with their free speech. The winners this year included French cartoonist Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who survived the attack on his offices at Charlie Hedbo and has courageously continued…

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CBLDF Welcomes Lion Forge as Newest Corporate Member!

April 19, 2018
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CBLDF Welcomes Lion Forge as Newest Corporate Member!

Publisher of “Comics for Everyone” Joins the Efforts of the Industry’s Premier Free Speech Organization Lion Forge is proud to join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge…

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