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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

November 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

Political cartoonist Musa Kart was among more than a dozen staff members arrested in yet another raid on a Turkish media outlet yesterday, the latest development in a government crackdown on the press following a failed coup attempt by some members of the military in July. This time the target was Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s…

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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

June 21, 2016
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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who mysteriously disappeared late last year and were presumed to be in the custody of mainland Chinese authorities have returned to the semi-autonomous region, but only one is speaking openly what happened to them. Lam Wing Kee is speaking out about his eight-month ordeal, confirming that he was…

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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

June 6, 2016
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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza is facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak in clown makeup, an image that originally appeared online but has since proliferated in street art throughout the capital of Kuala Lumpur. After learning of those charges on Friday, Fahmi and three other activists including comic artist Arif Rafhan Othman were…

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Dutch Journalist Arrested For Calling Turkish President “The Most Megalomaniac Dictator”

April 28, 2016
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Umar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempts to censor journalists and cartoonists doesn’t extend just to Turkish citizens: When she tried to leave Turkey this past Sunday, Dutch journalist Ebru Umar was arrested and brought before a judge for tweets she posted about President Erdogan. Umar was arrested after some of her tweets regarding a recent article she wrote about Erdogan…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

April 25, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf was among dozens of people arrested late last week in advance of planned street protests today. After being held overnight and released without charge early Friday morning, he said on Facebook that his high profile may have saved him, but “others who are less lucky and have nothing to do with politics…

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Two Indian Men Arrested For Sharing Satirical Image

March 25, 2016
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RSS Chief

Two young men from the Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh, India, have been arrested for distributing obscene material over the internet. They face a possible three to five year jail sentence. 22-year-old Shaquir Yunus Banthia and 21-year-old college student Wasim Sheikh were arrested earlier this month after sharing on Facebook and WhatsApp an altered image of Mohan…

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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

February 12, 2016
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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

In the aftermath of his overnight arrest last week, Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish is speaking out through media interviews to make clear that he will not be intimidated into stopping or modifying his work. In fact, he says the Sisi government would do well to consider the criticisms in political caricatures currently flourishing on social…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

February 2, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested on Sunday, allegedly for operating a website without government authorization, but was released yesterday without charge. Although his cartoons tend towards social rather than political satire, it appears an arresting officer found some of his drawings, which mildly mocked government figures, and thus “unofficially accuse[d] him of insulting the…

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