International

Iranian Cartoonist Overcomes Censorship with Savvy Style

March 27, 2015
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Bozorghehr Hosseinpour

From government  imposed to self censorship, CBLDF has reported on the significant number of artists and cartoonists who face a variety of challenges when it comes to having their works published and shown. One Iranian cartoonist, though, seems to have found a way to bypass the notorious censorship policies in his home country of Iran…

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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

March 26, 2015
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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

The nation of Myanmar has only had an independent press for three years, since the longtime military junta began transitioning to a civilian government. In that short time, though, a new generation of cartoonists has arisen to document and respond to the bumps and triumphs on the road to democracy. While they’re still on the…

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Documentary Captures Cartoonists’ Struggle Against Censorship

March 24, 2015
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A small independent film team in France is making a big statement for freedom of expression with their 2014 documentary Cartoonists — Foot Soldiers of Democracy, which was recently released on DVD as a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, played at Cannes, and is showing at the Reel Artists Film Festival…

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Tintin in America Removed from Winnipeg Library Pending Review

March 23, 2015
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Tintin in America Removed from Winnipeg Library Pending Review

The 1932 Belgian comic Tintin in America has run into trouble in Winnipeg, Canada, this past week, first when it was temporarily pulled from the sales floor of a Chapters bookstore and then when it was removed from the city’s library system, perhaps never to return. Some First Nations activists say the book should not…

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Asterix Cartoon Raises More Than $150,000 for Families of Charlie Hebdo Attack Victims

March 19, 2015
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Support for those most impacted by the Charlie Hebdo attack continue to comes in all forms. Recently, a piece of original artwork from the popular French cartoon Asterix brought in £106,782 (approx. $157,000) at a Christie’s auction — proceeds of which will go to the families of the fallen staff. Since the attack, Albert Uderzo,…

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Swedish Cartoonist Receives Freedom of Speech Prize for “Staunch Fearlessness”

March 19, 2015
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Lars Vilks (Source: AP)

This past Saturday, Denmark’s Free Press Society celebrated Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks by awarding him their Freedom of Speech prize. Vilks has long been an advocate for freedom of expression, and as such he has also been no stranger to numerous challenges that arise for those who work to keep speech free. From the recent…

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Takes Fight for Free Speech to Norway

March 18, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Takes Fight for Free Speech to Norway

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is taking our mission international again, this time to Oslo, Norway, where he will speak about free expression, Charlie Hebdo, CBLDF’s mission, and the power of comics. Brownstein will be participating in a number of events. Let’s take a look… Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Opening Exhibition Friday, March 20, 6:00 –…

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French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

March 16, 2015
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French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

Recently, a Parisian court assented to hear the case of a French primary school teacher who is suing Facebook after his account was suspended in 2011 for posting an image of Gustave Courbet’s notorious painting L’Origine du monde, which shows a closeup of a woman’s nether regions. While this may initially appear to be a…

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Charlie Hebdo Exhibit Finally Finds Home in Finland Library

March 13, 2015
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Around the world, people have shown solidarity for the victims and survivors of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, but the Finnish Cartoon Society has had a much harder time finding a venue to host their own tribute exhibit “Minä olen Charlie” (“I am Charlie”). Due to security concerns as well as the recent attack at…

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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

March 12, 2015
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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

In Denmark, recent debates over whether the controversial political cartoons depicting Muhammad printed in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 should be included in Danish textbooks for educational purposes have raised concerns not only over the appropriateness of including such material in an educational setting, but more importantly how to teach them. In light of the…

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