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International Community Rallies to Support Zunar

December 11, 2014
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Zunar cartoon

With Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar facing yet another government investigation for sedition, the international cartooning community is rallying to spread the word and pressure Malaysian authorities to leave him in peace. Nearly all of Zunar’s books have been officially banned in Malaysia at some point. There was a glimmer of hope in October of this…

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Everyone is Afraid: Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk on Freedom of Speech in Turkey

December 11, 2014
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Orhan-Pamuk

During a recent interview with the Turkish newspaper The Daily Hurriyet, Noble laureate Orhan Pamuk openly expressed his concerns over the increasingly limited freedom of speech and the declining state of free journalism in his home country of Turkey; “The worst thing is that there’s a fear. I find that everyone is afraid; it’s not…

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Middle Eastern Comics Battle Terrorist Ideologies

December 3, 2014
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Aranim's manga-flavored One Thousand and One Nights

In light of increasingly successful terrorist recruitment tactics which are now drawing disaffected young people from around the world to join ISIL in the Middle East, one Jordanian man firmly believes that the solution may lie in comic books. For the past eight years, Suleiman Bakhit has dedicated his career to creating new Arab heroes…

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Malaysian Government Seeks Details on Zunar Customers

December 1, 2014
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Zunar

The trouble continues for Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, who is now dealing with a government effort to intimidate customers who bought his most recent book, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar. Unlike most of the rest of Zunar’s books, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar has not yet been officially banned for sedition in Malaysia, but that didn’t stop police from…

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Allegedly Harmful: UK Injunction Patrols the Fine Line Between Freedom of Speech and Child Welfare

November 26, 2014
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In early October the Court of Appeals in the UK issued an injunction, halting the publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that if distributed its “allegedly harmful” content could be “likely to exert a catastrophic effect on [the author's son's] self-esteem and…cause him enduring psychological harm.” In a time where everyone (including an…

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Indie Comics Reborn in Egypt

November 25, 2014
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Shakmagia

Egypt has no shortage of political cartoonists, although they must walk a fine line to get their work out to the widest possible audience. But in the past few years, the country has also seen a resurgence of independent long-form comics comparable to the heady early days of Mad magazine and the later underground comix…

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Did a Polish Town Ban Winnie the Pooh?

November 24, 2014
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Winnie_The_Pooh

This much is certain: council members in the Polish town of Tuszyn earlier this month declined to name a local playground after Winnie the Pooh. And yes, one member said the Bear of Very Little Brain is “half-naked,” while another called him a “hermaphrodite.” But now that the story has gone viral in English-language weird…

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Danish Editor Reflects on Muhammad Cartoon Controversy in New Book

November 20, 2014
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Flemming Rose

Nearly a decade after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed 12 controversial cartoons on the theme of Islam and free expression, a book by the editor who commissioned the illustrations has finally made its way into print in the United States. Last week Flemming Rose, now the foreign editor at Jyllands-Posten, spoke to Michael Cavna of…

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Malaysian Human Rights Group Supports Zunar

November 13, 2014
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Zunar

Following yesterday’s news that Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar and several business associates are again under investigation by government authorities for sedition, the human rights organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) today issued a statement demanding an end to the “unrelenting harassment and persecution” he has suffered since the publication of his first book in 2010. Zunar…

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Zunar Assistants Arrested for Selling Cartoon Books

November 12, 2014
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Zunar cartoon

Just over a month after a Malaysian appeals court lifted a ban on two of political cartoonist Zunar’s books, the artist and his employees are again facing harassment and intimidation from police. As the sensational trial of an opposition leader accused of sodomy began last week, three of Zunar’s assistants were arrested outside the courthouse…

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