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Ailing Swedish Bookseller Arrested Again in China

February 1, 2018
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Ailing Swedish Bookseller Arrested Again in China

Just months after Hong Kong-based bookseller and Swedish citizen Gui Minhai was supposedly released after nearly two years of detention in mainland China, he is back in official custody after being seized by plainclothes police officers on a Beijing-bound train. Gui was traveling to the capital for a medical appointment because he has begun to…

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Webcomic Illustrates Detention of Ramón Esono Ebalé

December 11, 2017
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Almost three months ago, graphic novelist and political cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested in his native country of Equatorial Guinea. Although the arrest was almost certainly in retaliation for his work critical of dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, he still has yet to be charged with any crime. In observance of International Human Rights Day…

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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

December 4, 2017
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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

It has now been almost three months since graphic novelist and political cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested without charge in his native country of Equatorial Guinea. Now a U.K.-based law firm specializing in human rights issues has teamed up with Cartoonists Rights Network International and the Equatoguinean advocacy group EG Justice to petition the…

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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

November 22, 2017
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Egyptian Police Raid Indie Press, Arrest Volunteer for ‘Posession of Unregistered Books’

Egyptian police on Sunday raided the office of a small independent press, Merit Publishing House, and detained a volunteer staff member for “being in possession of unregistered books without ISBNs,” implying they likely weren’t approved by government censors. The same staff member, Mohamed Zein, was briefly detained in 2015 for the same alleged offense. Since…

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Two Libya Comic Con Organizers Released Without Charge

November 21, 2017
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Two Libya Comic Con Organizers Released Without Charge

Two of the five Libya Comic Con organizers who were detained by an armed militia when the show was raided and shut down on November 3 have now been released without charge, according to a report from the independent news site Libya Herald. The militia known as RADA Special Deterrence Forces, which acts as a…

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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

November 14, 2017
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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

Indian cartoonist Bala G. is vowing to continue his work, despite the fact that he was arrested earlier this month for defamation and obscenity after drawing three local officials in the buff. The cartoon in question was a commentary on the murder-suicide by fire of a family of four outside a municipal office, after their…

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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

October 2, 2017
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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was arrested September 16 in his native country of Equatorial Guinea, remains detained without charge long past the time allowed by law. Although he has been questioned about his work critical of the country’s dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, it seems authorities now may intend to…

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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 21, 2017
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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

A political cartoonist and graphic novelist originally from Equatorial Guinea was arrested last week in the capital city of Malabo and is being held without charge. Ramón Esono Ebalé, who now lives in Paraguay, had briefly returned to his native country in order to renew his passport. According to Human Rights Watch, Ebalé was arrested…

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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

December 19, 2016
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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

For the second time in less than a month, Malaysian police arrested political cartoonist Zunar. Last month it was at an exhibition of his cartoons in Penang; this time it was a “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser, book signing, and live sketch session in Kuala Lumpur. Zunar has now been released on bail after eight hours…

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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

November 28, 2016
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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

It’s been an eventful weekend for Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist facing nine separate charges of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison. First, on Friday his new cartoon exhibit was stormed by an angry mob of government supporters displeased by his frequent criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Riot police…

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