International

UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

October 29, 2014
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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

Last week, we reported on a disturbing case in the UK, where Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old UK citizen was convicted of possession of child pornography as a result of owning manga-style images and anime. On its face, a successful child pornography prosecution should be praised, but in this case, the man who was arrested and given…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

October 16, 2014
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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

A Malaysian appeals court last week lifted a ban on two books by political cartoonist Zunar, who has been arrested and had his work seized by the government multiple times over the years. Although the unanimous ruling by three appeals court judges is undeniably a good sign for freedom of expression in Malaysia, it does…

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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

October 15, 2014
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Egyptian Cartoonists Choose Creative Freedom or Mainstream Distribution–Not Both

In the tumultuous years since Egyptians overthrew ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak, political cartoonists have continued to lampoon whichever government is in power–but sometimes they must find ways to be circumspect about it. An article from last week’s Sunday Observer took the current pulse of Egyptian political cartooning, with one artist saying that right now is “the…

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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

September 29, 2014
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Indonesian Regulators Attack Japanese Children’s Cartoon

Television regulators in Indonesia have demanded that broadcasters to censor certain aspects of the globally known children’s show Crayon Shin-chan. The show has been popular in Japan for more than two decades, and focuses on a a precocious child who is fond of mooning and who often uses racy spoonerisms. Despite the show’s popularity in…

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Australian Supermarket Chain Takes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Off Shelves

September 19, 2014
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Australian Supermarket Chain Takes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Off Shelves

Australian supermarket chain Aldi has removed Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes from its shelves. Revolting Rhymes, first published in 1982,is Dahl’s collection of poems, reimagining traditional fables through the author’s signature deranged humor. One of the stories in the book is “Cinderalla,” in which Dahl portrays Prince Charming as a murderous psychopath, taking pleasure in beheading…

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Bill Teoh: From Comics Censor to Comics Retailer

September 16, 2014
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Bill Teoh: From Comics Censor to Comics Retailer

Bill Teoh, the 80-year-old owner of one of the few comic book stores in Singapore, took an unlikely path to that business. Before opening Comics World in 1987, Teoh was a police inspector on the censorship board that reviewed and often banned comics imported into the city-state. In a recent video from Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia,…

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Indian State Allows Pre-Emptive Arrest for Online Obscenity, Copyright Violations

August 28, 2014
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Indian State Allows Pre-Emptive Arrest for Online Obscenity, Copyright Violations

In the state of Karnataka in southern India, Minority Report has come true. Actually, the state’s so-called Goondas Act — an umbrella law covering offenses from bootlegging to gambling — has long allowed police to put habitual offenders in “preventive custody” for up to a year before they offend again. But just this month Karnataka’s…

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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

August 15, 2014
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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

As evidenced by the Ryan Matheson case, one of the risks we face as comics fans is the search and seizure of electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops when we cross international borders. Two recent decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie seemed to offer some hope that our cell…

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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

August 11, 2014
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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

Last week, we reported on the controversy that erupted over Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which depicts a smoking scarecrow. Donaldson and Scheffler are also the creative force behind The Gruffalo, one of the most beloved children’s series in the United Kingdom and a series that has found a significant following here…

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