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Iranians Embrace Ebooks to Combat Censorship

May 27, 2015
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In Iran, ordinary words like “kiss,” “dance,” and “wine” can be cause for a printed book to be vetted and censored. Laws that would prohibit the publication of words such as these as well as legally empower the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance to make arbitrary editorial decisions regardless of context have made Iran…

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Comic Artist Tackles Censorship in Singapore

May 26, 2015
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Comic artist Sonny Liew has done work for the biggest publishers in the industry, but now he is tackling a very important, highly personal, and potentially controversial project — a graphic novel depicting some of Singapore’s most controversial events. From Marvel’s Spider-Man to Flight from Image Comics to his collaboration with Gene Luen Yang on…

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed to July

May 22, 2015
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Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to face nine sedition counts this week, but at the last minute a court postponed the start of his trial to July 7 due to a separate pending legal challenge to the country’s entire Sedition Act. In a statement on Facebook, Zunar said the trial could be delayed yet again…

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Cartoonists Under Threat Around the World

May 22, 2015
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“The world is unfortunately waking up to the power and influence of cartoonists, [responding] through the exercise of violence and murder.” So said Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonist Rights Network International, in the recent report, “Drawing the Line: Cartoonists Under Threat,” published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. From the attack at the Charlie…

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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

May 21, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

A 29-year-old Iranian artist and women’s rights activist is facing up to two years in prison, plus corporal punishment, for a cartoon she drew last year criticizing a bill that would outlaw some forms of birth control. Atena Farghadani’s trial finished in just one day this week, but the judge said he may take “anywhere…

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Cartoonist to Leave Charlie Hebdo Amid Staff Tensions

May 19, 2015
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Cartoonist to Leave Charlie Hebdo Amid Staff Tensions

The fallout from the January attack on Charlie Hebdo continues, as surviving cartoonist Luz confirmed this week that he plans to leave the publication in September. The news comes in the midst of a public dispute among staff over the future direction of the magazine, which has seen a dramatic financial rebound since the attack.…

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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

May 14, 2015
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Iraqi Cartoonist’s Work a Labor of Love

In the tumultuous years since the US-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically for everyone–including political cartoonists. In a recent interview from the online magazine Sampsonia Way, cartoonist Saad Murtadha discussed what’s changed, the difficulties he still faces, and his vision for the future…

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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

May 13, 2015
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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

Just over a week before Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition is slated to begin, a Malaysian court yesterday allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to move forward with a separate effort to ban two of his cartoon books which have been unbanned only since October 2014. Last year’s decision by a three-judge Court…

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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

May 11, 2015
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Turkish State Broadcaster Allegedly Retaliated Against Children’s Cartoon

A Turkish newspaper columnist wrote last week that the state-run television broadcaster cancelled the popular children’s cartoon Pepee in 2013 because the main character proclaimed to his young audience that “theft, slander and lying are bad.” Some within then-Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, which has recently faced numerous accusations of corruption and…

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CBLDF Joins NCAC Response to Charlie Hebdo PEN America Award Controversy

May 8, 2015
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CBLDF Joins NCAC Response to Charlie Hebdo PEN America Award Controversy

Dozens of authors have registered their protest of PEN American Center’s presentation of its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo staff. In response, the National Coalition Against Censorship issued a statement — which CBLDF signed — doubling down on their support of Charlie Hebdo’s right to free expression. In the wake of the…

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