CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending History Books in Florida

March 2, 2015
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History curricula are under fire around the country, from Jefferson County, Colorado, to a recent attack in Florida. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books in used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom…

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Retailers: Last Day to Order CBLDF Defender, Our New Quarterly News Magazine!

March 2, 2015
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to soon be launching our inaugural issue of CBLDF Defender, a free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features that…

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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

February 27, 2015
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Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar Challenged in New Mexico High School

The critically acclaimed comic collection Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez is being called “child porn” by the mother of a high school student in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and the book may have already been removed from a library collection in defiance of school district policy. Sadly, unbiased details are difficult to come by so far,…

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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

February 27, 2015
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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

Just in time for Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release a new printing of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!, CBLDF’s signature resource for parents and educators about the learning benefits of comics! By popular demand, we are also releasing…

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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

February 27, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist’s Memoir Recounts Detention and Exile

In 2006, Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was arrested and imprisoned for three months for drawing a children’s cartoon. In his memoir An Iranian Metamorphosis, he tells the surreal tale of his detention and eventual exile from his native country — an extreme example of the difficulties faced by cartoonists all over the world. Originally published…

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Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Blank Space and CBLDF Call For Entries For Oslo Exhibition & Fundraiser

February 27, 2015
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Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Blank Space and CBLDF Call For Entries For Oslo Exhibition & Fundraiser

In 2015, the power of comics as free expression is not an abstract notion, it’s a matter of life and death. Blank Space, in collaboration with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is inviting cartoonists to create short comics commenting on the struggle for free expression as it impacts their own work, and society at…

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Pennsylvania School District Rejects Pre-Approval Policy

February 26, 2015
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The Lampeter-Strasburg, Pennsylvania, school board made the right decision this past Tuesday when they formally announced that they would not adopt a parental notification/approval policy regarding the inclusion of certain, potentially “controversial,” books in their classrooms. Instead, if needed, teachers could notify parents after the presentation of the materials to keep them abreast of their…

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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

February 25, 2015
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Happy Freedom to Read Week, Canada!

This week our neighbors to the north are celebrating Freedom to Read Week! Much like Banned Books Week in the U.S., this is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” The week is organized by…

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

February 25, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

Following the recent revelation of new details regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 classroom ban of Persepolis, CBLDF got in touch with Library & Information Science graduate student Jarrett Dapier, who used the Freedom of Information Act to secure the release of emails among CPS administrators about the book. In the interview below, we talk…

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Tanzania Bans Newspaper Over “Disrespectful” Cartoon

February 24, 2015
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The Tanzanian government has banned the Nairobi newspaper, The EastAfrican, from newsstands. Although the publicized reason for the ban is that the newspaper was being distributed within Tanzania without proper legal registration as required by a 1976 law, several individuals and advocacy groups note that the call to stop distribution came after a particularly “disrespectful”…

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