International

Moroccan Cartoonists Fight for their Right to Free Speech

August 28, 2015
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Khalid Gueddar

Morocco is a country abound with cartoonists who are using the art of satire to address a variety of social issues and injustices. But it is also a country with a deep recent history of governmental censorship and oppression. Amidst the struggle, though, Moroccan cartoonists are finding new and inventive ways to protect their freedom…

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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

August 25, 2015
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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

Japanese manga promotes juvenile delinquency, violence, and sex — these were some of the reasons that the Chinese Ministry of Culture used to outright ban 38 Japanese manga and anime. But some are beginning to explore whether similar Chinese-produced materials would be held to the same standard and whether they can succeed in a country…

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Harvard Library Building Archival Collection on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

August 21, 2015
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Harvard Library Building Archival Collection on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

The Harvard Library is inviting submissions to a new physical and digital archival collection of materials related to the January attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the ensuing worldwide debate on freedom of expression and religion. The curators of the collection hope to “document a peculiar moment in the early twenty-first century, when the…

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Japan Censors Artist for Vagina Kayak

August 20, 2015
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Rokudenashiko

In a country that celebrates the male phallus, Japanese artist Rokudenashiko has been charged with the distribution and dissemination of obscene materials and faces up two years in prison and a $20,000 fine for using her own vagina as the subject of her artwork. Last year, self-proclaimed feminist artist Megumi Igarashi — known as Rokudenashiko…

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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

August 18, 2015
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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

As the Malaysian government continues to do everything in its power to prevent Zunar from selling his work openly, Human Rights Watch announced today that it will provide the cartoonist emergency aid in the form of a Hellman/Hammett grant, awarded annually to writers who have been victims of political persecution. Only five out of Zunar’s…

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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

August 13, 2015
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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, currently imprisoned for a cartoon she drew depicting members of the country’s Parliament as apes and bovines, has been named as the 2015 winner of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s Courage in Cartooning award. CRNI Executive Director Robert Russell will present the award to Farghadani in absentia at the Association…

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Emerging Arab Comic Artists Face Censorship

August 7, 2015
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Emerging Arab Comic Artists Face Censorship

London’s Shubbak Festival is a biennial celebration of contemporary Arab culture that spotlights film, music, visual, and more with programming and events. One of the programs included in the 2015 edition of the festival, which took place in July, focused on Arab comic art. Panelists Asia Alfasi (Lybia), Lena Mehraj (Lebanon), Tarek Shahin (Egypt), and…

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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

July 30, 2015
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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

Next week, a critically praised film adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl will land in U.S. cinemas with an R rating for “strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens.” But across the pond, teens the same age as 15-year-old protagonist Minnie will…

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Salman Rushdie: The World Has “Learned the Wrong Lessons” from Charlie Hebdo

July 29, 2015
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Salman Rushdie

In the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, some people continue to ask if free speech went too far. Award-winning author, Salman Rushdie, on the other hand says that the world has “learned the wrong lessons,” and out of fear we continue to stifle free speech. Last week the editor-in-chief at the Charlie Hebdo,…

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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

July 28, 2015
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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

Despite last month’s Chinese ban on dozens of manga and anime series that were said to “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” social media users in China are easily circumventing the restrictions by sharing content online. According to a BBC News report, the hashtag #DeathNote is a top trending topic on microblogging…

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