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Kodansha Comics offers Huge Manga Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

June 6, 2018
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Kodansha Comics offers Huge Manga Humble Bundle to Benefit CBLDF

Humble Manga Bundle x Kodansha Comics: Manga to Anime Kodansha Comics has joined with Humble Bundle to bring readers a huge cache of legendary science-fiction and fantasy manga that benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! 80 digital volumes of the biggest hits in manga! Buyers pay what they want for manga hits that went on…

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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

June 5, 2018
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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

After the recent attack on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in New Jersey, CBLDF and the Kids Right to Read Project drafted a letter of support to encourage the Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School to stand behind their own curriculum. Fun Home Was assigned to several senior English…

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Love Manga? CBLDF Needs Your Help!

June 1, 2018
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Love Manga? CBLDF Needs Your Help!

Do you love manga and free speech? Can you tell the difference between shonen and seinen in a heartbeat? Do you have an elaborate Hellsing tattoo? Then CBLDF wants you to lend your expertise and voice to our team of dedicated volunteers. CBLDF is currently looking for a volunteer that is familiar with manga comics…

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Maryland Restricts Inmates Access to Books

May 30, 2018
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Maryland Restricts Inmates Access to Books

Maryland prisons are infringing on inmates right to read under the guise of reducing drug smuggling. In a statewide policy, Maryland prisoners may no longer receive books sent by friends, relatives, online retailers, and nonprofits, limiting the access of 20,000 inmates to two approved vendors, with limited selections often at a higher price. The new…

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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

May 29, 2018
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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

Fun Home is under attack again, this time in a New Jersey High School. Steve DiSturco and Mark Bisci, two parents of students at Watchung Hills Regional High School, want the award-winning graphic novel removed from the 12th grade curriculum due to “the sexually explicit nature.” Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is a graphic novel memoir…

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Raising Free Range Readers

May 25, 2018
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Raising Free Range Readers

Author and educator Melissa Scholes Young wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post explaining why she doesn’t censor the books her children read. While this position likely splits mosts parents down the middle between those that wholeheartedly agree and those that feel their pulse quicken at the thought of finding Fifty Shades of Gray in…

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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

May 24, 2018
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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

Rage comics in China are now under fire, with one of the countries most popular sites, Baozou, being targeted for a post from 2014. The post in question was a video of someone wearing a rage face mask making a joke about Dong Cunrui, a soldier who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist party…

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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

May 23, 2018
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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

A South Carolina mom just wanted a nice cake to commemorate her son graduating Summa Cum* Laude, a Latin phrase that translates to “with highest distinction” and is ubiquitously used to mean an exceptionally high grade point average. Unfortunately for her, Publix, a regional grocery chain, doesn’t speak Latin or follow special instructions. Cara Koscinski…

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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2018
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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime free speech advocate and previous Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Joan E. Bertin, is going to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for her exemplary history of protecting the First Amendment. Bertin started her career working in the nonprofit legal sector — initially representing…

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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

May 16, 2018
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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

After nearly two years of being unable to leave Malaysia, political cartoonist Zunar has finally had his travel ban lifted — and all it took was electing a new government. On Monday, May 13th, Zunar posted pictures to his Twitter account showing not only his reinstated ability to travel, but also the Immigration Department’s new…

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