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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal repercussions…

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Video Game Hotline Miami 2 Refused Rating, Banned from Australia

January 23, 2015
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The sequel in the popular top-down shooter series, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, has joined a list of other video games in Australia that have been refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board due to its depictions of extreme physical and an instance of sexual violence. Originally scheduled for release early this year —…

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Humor as a Weapon Against Fear in Turkey

January 22, 2015
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“Humor is our weapon against fear.” These are the words that Zafer Aknar, managing editor of Leman, one of Turkey’s largest satire magazines, recently spoke regarding increased hostility towards Turkish journalists and cartoonists for the strong level of support they expressed in response to the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Although such sentiment continues to…

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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

January 15, 2015
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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

As anyone who follows our news coverage likely knows, France is certainly not the only country where cartoonists regularly face threats to their livelihoods and even their personal safety. In the week since the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the chilling effect from both extremists and government officials on cartoonists around the world has only…

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Still Defiant: New Issue of Charlie Hebdo Sells Out

January 14, 2015
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Still Defiant: New Issue of Charlie Hebdo Sells Out

After last week’s shooting in Paris left 12 people, including cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, and Honoré, dead, the remaining staff members of Charlie Hebdo could have decided to close up shop. Instead, they maintained the defiant satire that has characterized the magazine and released an issue today. That issue has sold out an initial…

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Comics World Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 13, 2015
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Comics World Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, comic creators around the globe have reacted with shock, solidarity, and honest examinations of their own roles in the global exchange of ideas. Below, we’ve brought together a variety of creators’ responses in both images and words. MAD Magazine In a video commentary for CBS…

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Turkish Cartoonists Stand Behind Their Right to Free Speech Despite Threats

January 12, 2015
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As the number of political cartoons criticizing the Turkish government has increased, so have the drastic measures to stifle these forms of free speech. In an attempt to regulate the global image of Turkey as well as its rich and powerful, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated attempts to censor journalists, authors, and cartoonists has…

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Zunar Calls for World Cartoonists Day on Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 9, 2015
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Zunar Calls for World Cartoonists Day on Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attack

In the wake of this week’s attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people including five cartoonists, their Malaysian colleague Zunar is calling for a “World Cartoonists Day” to be observed annually on January 7th. Zunar, who is Muslim himself and has faced constant censorship and harassment from the Malaysian government,…

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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 9, 2015
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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

Shortly after the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, tributes and musings on free expression flooded the press and Internet. We’ve gathered some of the best and most interesting posts. Although initial reports on Wednesday said that four cartoonists were among the 12 dead, we learned…

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Neil Gaiman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 8, 2015
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Neil Gaiman’s outspoken advocacy for free expression is well known, so we reached out to Gaiman to comment on the Charlie Hebdo attack, and he expanded upon a tweet he sent shortly after learning about the attack: “As I tweeted on learning about it: How important are free speech and satire? Important enough that people…

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