Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

May 26, 2015
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Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

As Florida governor Rick Scott’s office last year searched for a justification to bar a Satanic holiday display from the capitol building in Tallahassee for the second year in a row, state lawyers proposed blanket restrictions on expression in public buildings, the Tampa Tribune reported Sunday. Ultimately the rule change conceived by lawyers in the…

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Comic Artist Tackles Censorship in Singapore

May 26, 2015
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Comic artist Sonny Liew has done work for the biggest publishers in the industry, but now he is tackling a very important, highly personal, and potentially controversial project — a graphic novel depicting some of Singapore’s most controversial events. From Marvel’s Spider-Man to Flight from Image Comics to his collaboration with Gene Luen Yang on…

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Comics Make Great Summer Reads for Kids and Teens!

May 25, 2015
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Comics Make Great Summer Reads for Kids and Teens!

As the school year winds down, kids across the country are looking forward to lazy days ahead. Summer is an ideal time to introduce young readers to some new comics, which develop both verbal and visual literacy but are also just plain fun to read! Here are some suggestions drawn from our past Using Graphic…

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed to July

May 22, 2015
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Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to face nine sedition counts this week, but at the last minute a court postponed the start of his trial to July 7 due to a separate pending legal challenge to the country’s entire Sedition Act. In a statement on Facebook, Zunar said the trial could be delayed yet again…

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New York Venue Censors Neil LaBute’s Anti-Censorship Monologue

May 22, 2015
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The New York theater scene is known for putting on some of the most controversial plays, but not when it comes to the monologue Mohammed Gets a Boner. The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Greenwich Village made a recent decision to cancel Playwrights for a Cause, a benefit supporting the National Coalition Against…

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Cartoonists Under Threat Around the World

May 22, 2015
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“The world is unfortunately waking up to the power and influence of cartoonists, [responding] through the exercise of violence and murder.” So said Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonist Rights Network International, in the recent report, “Drawing the Line: Cartoonists Under Threat,” published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. From the attack at the Charlie…

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CBLDF Rocks Out at Comicpalooza This Weekend!

May 22, 2015
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CBLDF Rocks Out at Comicpalooza This Weekend!

If you’re in the Houston, Texas, area this Memorial Day weekend, don’t miss CBLDF at Comicpalooza! We’ll be set up at booth #505 May 22 – 25 with signed premiums, membership goodies, and more to support our work fighting for the right to free speech! We’ll also have several silent auction items on display at…

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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Fight Censorship at DENVER COMIC CON!

May 21, 2015
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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Fight Censorship at DENVER COMIC CON!

This weekend, get a mile high with CBLDF at Denver Comic Con! Come visit us at booth #1202 during May 23-25 in Denver, Colorado, to help us protect the right to read! You can support free speech by donating for an excellent array of signed premiums or by becoming a CBLDF member! Or both because…

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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

May 21, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

A 29-year-old Iranian artist and women’s rights activist is facing up to two years in prison, plus corporal punishment, for a cartoon she drew last year criticizing a bill that would outlaw some forms of birth control. Atena Farghadani’s trial finished in just one day this week, but the judge said he may take “anywhere…

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The Handmaid’s Tale Under Attack in Oregon School

May 21, 2015
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Despite claiming she is “not a book banner,” an Oregon parent has launched a crusade against Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, claiming the book is too sexually explicit and violent for seniors in AP English to handle. After hearing concerns voiced by her son, Katrina Montgomery researched the controversy around The Handmaid’s…

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