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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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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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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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Turkish Cartoonist Acquitted of Insulting President

November 6, 2014
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Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was recently acquitted of insulting his country’s president and former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via cartoon, but Kart says the repression of journalists in Turkey is only getting worse. In February of this year, Kart criticized Erdoğan’s apparent role in a graft scandal and simultaneously mocked a speech that…

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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

November 3, 2014
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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

With the appointment of comics creator Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame as the U.K.’s first Comics Laureate, it seems the rest of the world has finally started to figure out what we already knew: that comics can have a positive role in education. Similar to the positions of Poet or Children’s Laureate, Dave Gibbons as…

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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

October 29, 2014
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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

Last week, we reported on a disturbing case in the UK, where Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old UK citizen was convicted of possession of child pornography as a result of owning manga-style images and anime. On its face, a successful child pornography prosecution should be praised, but in this case, the man who was arrested and given…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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