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Just Announced! Humble Manga Bundle: Hiro Mashima’s FAIRY TAIL & More by Kodansha Comics. Support free speech!

March 4, 2020
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Just Announced! Humble Manga Bundle: Hiro Mashima’s FAIRY TAIL & More by Kodansha Comics. Support free speech!

Whether you’re manga obsessed or interested but new to the medium, the latest Humble Bundle is an amazing deal. Starting at $1, you can grab a vast selection of Kodansha comics, including Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail and more! Every bundle purchased supports the critical efforts of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and American Civil Liberties…

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Tennessee Introduces Book Banning Bills

February 26, 2020
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Tennessee Introduces Book Banning Bills

Dual legislation aimed at enacting a “parental library review board” was introduced in Tennessee. The suggested board would be an elected group of adult volunteers who would decide to move or remove books they deemed to contain “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Senate Bill 2896 along with its mirror, House Bill 2721 are very similar to recent…

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Manga Highlighted in Prison Censorship Discussion

February 25, 2020
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Manga Highlighted in Prison Censorship Discussion

A recent article on NPR by Lee Gaines, Who Should Decide What Books Are Allowed In Prison?, drew attention to an ongoing problem with book censorship in correctional facilities. The article gave voice to a diverse range of people familiar with this censorship, including the director of policy and legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Department…

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JUST ANNOUNCED! Support Free Expression with Valiant Comics Bloodshot & Humble Bundle!

February 19, 2020
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JUST ANNOUNCED! Support Free Expression with Valiant Comics Bloodshot & Humble Bundle!

Get ready for the spring’s hottest comic book movie with CBLDF and Humble Comics Bundle: Bloodshot 2020 by Valiant! Starting at $1, pay what you want for DRM-free, digital comics that can be read on almost any device. Plus, every bundle supports the important First Amendment work that CBLDF does and helps continue the wide…

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5 LGBTQ+ Comics to Enjoy with (or without) a Valentine

February 12, 2020
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5 LGBTQ+ Comics to Enjoy with (or without) a Valentine

If you love Spinning or are still trying to get Firefly back on the air: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden An epic story of women, space travel, and lost love. A spaceship crew flies in a giant goldfish-shaped ship through the deepest reaches of space trying to rebuild parts of the past, which mirrors new crew member…

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VA Lawmakers Gut New Voices Legislation

February 11, 2020
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VA Lawmakers Gut New Voices Legislation

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) released a statement expressing their concerns and disappointment with Virginia House of Delegates for removing First Amendment protections for high school students from HB 36. Just two weeks before student journalists and advisors testified on Student Press Freedom Day, They spoke movingly of the truth and transparency New Voices…

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Victory in WY for Drama and Free Expression!

February 3, 2020
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Victory in WY for Drama and Free Expression!

Officials voted unanimously to retain Raina Telgemeier’s Drama in an elementary school library in Cheyenne, Wyoming. CBLDF wrote to support the graphic novel, and offered resources to provide context for educators, librarians, administrators, and parents who may be interested in learning more about the comic. Drama was challenged by a parent because “It takes away…

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New Kid Comic First to Win Prestigious Newbery Medal

January 31, 2020
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New Kid Comic First to Win Prestigious Newbery Medal

Comics break another barrier with Jerry Craft’s New Kid winning the coveted Newbery Medal for Young Adult Literature. School Library Journal interviewed Craft about being the creator of the first graphic novel to win this honor in the almost century since its inception he highlighted the importance of a comic winning plus another very important…

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Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29, 2020
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Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29th is National Student Press Freedom Day, set aside to highlight their achievements and the importance of allowing student journalists the full protection of the First Amendment. Since the landmark Hazelwood decision, student journalists have been subject to increasing censorship, administrative prior review, and other practices that attempt to affirm they aren’t “real journalists.”…

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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

January 28, 2020
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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

CBLDF has joined with other free expression organizations to speak out against Missouri House Bill 2044, as it stands in opposition to rights granted to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment and any perceived merit is redundant with existing legislation. The bill, written and submitted by Rep. Ben Baker, aims to create parental oversight…

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