OUT TODAY: Panel Power, CBLDF’s New Resource for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Retailers!

Inspire kids to become lifelong readers with Panel Power, a CBLDF resource that provides an introduction to comics and background on why they’re good for kids! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and below! You can also get bundles for your store, scho ...

AVAILABLE NOW: CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #3, Featuring Jason Aaron!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the September issue, CBLDF talks with prodigious comics scribe Jason Aaron (Thor, Doctor Strange, Star Wars)! You can find the issue at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and right here at CBLDF.org! Each issue ...

Join CBLDF! Protect The First Amendment & Get Inspiring Premiums by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

Make a stand for free speech by joining CBLDF today! We’re in uncertain times where the CBLDF’s efforts are more important than ever. It’s unclear how government – federal, and especially local – will treat the First Amendment. CBLDF is prepared to defend the rights of everyone in our fiel ...

AVAILABLE NOW: She Changed Comics!

Women have been making comics since the beginning, but there was an important story that hadn’t been told: how women changed free expression in comics. CBLDF tells that story in She Changed Comics, out today around the country! Kickstarter orders are on their way, and CBLDF will have copies of t ...

Radio Free Comix: The CBLDF Podcast

In support of our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the audio-sphere! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF Podcast will be a monthly event, from our keyboards to your ...

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 ...

Oregon School Bans Sex Ed Book, Disciplines Librarian Who Bought It

April 18, 2016
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Oregon School Bans Sex Ed Book, Disciplines Librarian Who Bought It

The classic — and frequently challenged — sex ed book It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris has reportedly been removed from an elementary school library in Rainier, Oregon, and the librarian who included it in the collection has been disciplined by school administrators...

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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

April 15, 2016
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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

Malaysia’s High Court yesterday rejected cartoonist Zunar’s challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, clearing the way for his long-delayed trial on nine counts of sedition. If convicted on all counts, he could face up...

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Indian Cartoonist Orijit Sen on Being a “Voice of Dissent”

April 15, 2016
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Indian cartoonist Orijit Sen is no stranger to censorship. The artist, whose work has been repeatedly pulled from Facebook, recently spoke with Tehelka about why it is important that his “voice of dissent” rubs some people the wrong way and what future generations of artists can do to fight for free expression. Orijit Sen...

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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

April 14, 2016
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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

A wildly popular satirical puppet who appears on Egyptian television is being called into court on June 26, accused of “violating public morality” with her bawdy jokes. The case against Abla Fahita (Aunt Fajita) was brought by lawyer Samir Sabry, who is well-known for introducing frivolous lawsuits. ...

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Blastr Supports Free Speech for Comic Book Month

April 14, 2016
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As part of a month-long celebration of the comics industry, its creators, and those who defend artistic free speech, Blastr took a moment to talk about the work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. In an interview with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein, Blastr shares not only the history of the Fund and...

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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

April 13, 2016
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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Northville, Michigan voted unanimously last night to keep Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in the curriculum for AP English Literature and Composition. To...

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Turkish Comedian Faces 2 Years in Prison for Satirical Tweet

April 13, 2016
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Cem Yilmaz

Turkish comedian, actor, and cartoonist Cem Yilmaz went to trial on Monday for a recent tweet “insulting” Governor Selim Cebiroglu. Facing up to two years in jail for expressing his upset over the governor’s verbal abuse of math teacher Halil Serkan Oz, the trial against Cem Yilmaz further demonstrates the precarious position of free...

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

April 12, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

Toni Morrison’s classic novel The Bluest Eye is under fire in yet another school district, with parents in Northville, Michigan saying the book might inspire “deviant behavior” and contains “negative references…against the Christian faith,” among...

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2016 Freedom of Expression Awards Shortlist

April 12, 2016
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

The shortlist for Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards has been announced. An international organization dedicated to free speech around the world, the award celebrates the individuals who have challenged censorship and stood up for freedom of expression. Out of 400 nominations, 20 artists, writers, and activists have been picked for the award...

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Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

April 11, 2016
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Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

Every year, National Library Week starts off with a bang: the release of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books from the previous year. The list is compiled by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom from librarians’ confidential reports of requests to restrict...

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Tennessee Legislature Trying to Abstain from University Sex Week

April 8, 2016
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Tennessee Legislature Trying to Abstain from University Sex Week

The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would violate the free speech rights of students on university campuses around the state, especially with regard to discussions of sexuality. The proposed legislation, HB2248, “prohibits state funds from being expended in support of the office for diversity...

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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

April 8, 2016
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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

Late last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Visualizing Impact launched an ambitious and much-needed project to gather data on social media content moderation. Last week OnlineCensorship.org bore its first fruit with an in-depth report...

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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

April 7, 2016
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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

Another school district has painted itself into a corner regarding distribution of religious materials in schools. This time, it’s Colorado’s Delta County School District, which recently allowed passive distribution of Bibles in both middle and high schools, but restricted...

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ONE WEEK LEFT: Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

April 6, 2016
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ONE WEEK LEFT: Buffy, Angel, & Spike Team Up for a Comics Bundle to Support Charity, Including CBLDF!

Several years ago, Buffy, Angel, and Spike left television behind and found a new home in the pages of comics. Humble Bundle has teamed up with Dark Horse and IDW to assemble those comics into a bundle with Humble Comics Bundle: Buffy, Angel, & Spike. Customers...

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We’ll See You This Weekend in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

April 6, 2016
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We’ll See You This Weekend in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

This weekend, CBLDF hits the road again for Emerald City Comicon! We’ll head to the Pacific Northwest for four days of comics fun, April 7-10. You’ll find us at booth #2224, where we’ll have a very limited number of CBLDF-exclusive Black Panther #1 variants, Nameless bookplate editions, and an amazing assortment...

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