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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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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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Tanzania Bans Newspaper Over “Disrespectful” Cartoon

February 24, 2015
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gado

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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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Faces Charges for “Socioeconomic Discrimination”

February 23, 2015
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Bonil Support

Political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, known as Bonil, has been charged with “socioeconomic discrimination” in his home country of Ecuador for a cartoon targeting Agustín “Tin” Delgado, a former professional soccer player who now sits on Ecuador’s legislative assembly. Bonilla is best known for his outspoken and blunt political cartoons, which address several social and political…

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Indian Cartoonist Talks About the Increase in Self-Censorship

February 18, 2015
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Vishwajyoti Ghosh

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh is no stranger to speaking out about the importance of free speech both in India as well as the wider world. Recently, he sat down with the Hindustan Times to talk about what it means to be a modern satirist and the responsibility of cartoonists to stand up…

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Two Killed in Copenhagen Attacks on Free Speech Panel and Synagogue

February 16, 2015
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Two Killed in Copenhagen Attacks on Free Speech Panel and Synagogue

A gunman opened fire on a Copenhagen cafe that was hosting a discussion on art, free speech, and blasphemy on Saturday, killing one attendee and injuring three police officers. The apparent target of the attack, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, was uninjured. The same gunman later killed a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue before being…

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Zunar Arrested for Twitter Criticism of Malaysian Government

February 12, 2015
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Zunar Arrested for Twitter Criticism of Malaysian Government

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is currently imprisoned, awaiting questioning over a tweet he posted this week suggesting that the country’s judiciary is corrupted by political or financial influence. He issued the criticism just after the internationally condemned sodomy conviction of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was upheld in Federal Court. Anwar, a top leader in…

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Dylan Horrocks Reports from France in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

February 11, 2015
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Dylan Horrocks Reports from France in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

During a recent visit to France, comics creator Dylan Horrocks visited the site of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. He shared his thoughts on the visit exclusively with CBLDF. In the English-speaking world, the Charlie Hebdo attack has largely been responded to in very abstract terms; op-eds and online discussion have revolved around questions of free…

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Palestinian Cartoonist Questioned About Possible Mohammed Cartoon

February 10, 2015
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Palestinian Cartoonist Questioned About Possible Mohammed Cartoon

Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh is under investigation for drawing a cartoon that was widely interpreted as depicting the Prophet Mohammed, although the artist himself insists the figure was only a symbolic representation of the Muslim faith. Only a short time after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas marched in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo in Paris, he…

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