Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

CBLDF Protects The First Amendment!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Our work takes us into courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States where we provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to protect th ...

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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CBLDF Joins Coalition Cautioning Hanover Schools About Proposed Sensitive Materials Policy

January 13, 2015
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In light of Hanover, Virginia, School District’s planned discussions to reform policies for teaching specific instructional materials, CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to caution school officials about the potential harm — and censorship — enacting such policies could cause. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the...

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Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

January 13, 2015
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Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked! When you become a CBLDF...

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Announcing CBLDF Defender – A New Quarterly News Magazine!

January 12, 2015
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce the CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features that tell the story of the people fighting...

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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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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Restrictive Book Policies in Delaware

January 9, 2015
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in objecting to restrictive book policies proposed to Delaware’s Appoquinimink School Board. The policies would red flag books based on vague standards for what is or is not appropriate for students in the system. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the...

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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...

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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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A Moment of Speech: Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Cartoons

January 8, 2015
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A Moment of Speech: Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Cartoons

Yesterday’s massacre of twelve people, including five cartoonists, at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have rightfully sparked international condemnation.  An outpouring of speech that includes statements from world leaders, vigils in cities across the globe, the #jesuischarlie hashtag, editorial cartoons, and a range of articles discussing the meritorious or problematic content Charlie...

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Stand Up for Free Speech: Publish Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoons

January 8, 2015
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Index on Censorship, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and PEN America call on all those who believe in the fundamental right to freedom of expression to join in publishing the cartoons or covers of Charlie Hebdo on January 8 at 1400 GMT. We believe that only through solidarity – in showing that we truly defend…

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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 8, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of Charlie Hebdo Attack

In the wake of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the death of 12 people, including cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, and Honoré, CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to condemn the attack. Charlie Hebdo has long been committed to using satire...

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BREAKING NEWS: Charlie Hebdo Attack Kills 12, Including 5 Cartoonists

January 7, 2015
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At least two masked gunmen burst into an editorial meeting of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this morning and killed 12 people including the cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, and Philippe Honoré. The attackers have not yet been apprehended and details regarding their motive are incomplete, but the magazine and individual cartoonists...

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Revised Cape Henlopen Summer Reading Policy Demands More Parental Involvement

January 6, 2015
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In light of several decisions made by the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware this past year regarding their selected summer student reading, the board met on December 11 and approved a summer schoolwork policy which they hope will prevent future issues and controversies surrounding assigned reading materials. The policy being enacted is one designed...

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Washington Post Reader Objects to Doonesbury Rape Mention

January 5, 2015
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It shouldn’t be news to anyone that Garry Trudeau’s long-running Doonesbury strip regularly tackles controversial current events and has done so for decades; last year the Washington Post finally ran a strip about Watergate that its editors had vetoed in 1973. But one Post reader was surprised enough by a recent storyline alluding to...

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