Posts Tagged ‘ atena farghadani ’

Exiled Satirist Uses Cartoons to Tackle Sex Education in Iran

July 14, 2017
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Exiled Satirist Uses Cartoons to Tackle Sex Education in Iran

The strict religious views of Iranian authorities have had a dramatic effect on several social issues in country, one of the most problematic being that of sexual education — or lack thereof. Keyomars Marzan, the Iranian satirist better known as Kya, has tried to tackle the problem. (The cartoonist also notably tried to address the problem…

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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

May 17, 2017
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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

Just over a year ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from prison after 18 months. Her so-called crime: drawing Iranian MPs as apes and bovines while they debated a bill toban voluntary sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations. In a recent episode of Amnesty International’s podcast “In Their Own Words,”…

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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

July 20, 2016
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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

Just over two months ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was freed from prison after her draconian prison sentence of 12 years and 9 months for mocking her country’s parliament in a cartoon was shortened to the 18 months she’d already served. Last week, she gave an exclusive interview to the Washington Post’s Michael…

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Independence Day Around the World

July 4, 2016
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Independence Day Around the World

As we celebrate Independence Day, we also celebrate the independent spirit of our country’s founders, men and women who fought against an oppressive regime and eventually gave us the law that CBLDF works to protect: the First Amendment. Freedom of expression isn’t exclusive to the United States, but most countries don’t have the protections we do.…

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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

July 1, 2016
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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

In light of the fact that she recently spent 18 months in prison for drawing a caricature of the Iranian Parliament, Atena Farghadani could be forgiven for taking a bit of a professional break to savor her newfound freedom. Instead, she was back on Facebook earlier this month with a new cartoon taking aim at…

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ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
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ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12 years and 9 months, but even her lawyer was not sure exactly when she would be set free. She was greeted by family…

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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

April 25, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

After nearly 18 months in prison for a cartoon depicting politicians as animals, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani will reportedly be released sometime next month. She had been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months, but according to her lawyer the sentence has just been reduced on appeal. Details in English are still sparse,…

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Atena Farghadani Explained in Pictures

February 11, 2016
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Atena Farghadani

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has now been in prison for over a year, currently awaiting an appeal of her nearly 13-year sentence for drawing a cartoon that showed members of Parliament as animals. Recently, New Zealand cartoonist Toby Morris produced “Atena and the Animals,” a webcomic that lays out the whole saga of…

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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

January 25, 2016
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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, currently serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for caricaturing members of parliament as animals, has been spared even more prison time as she was recently acquitted of “non-adultery illegitimate relations.” That charge was brought after she shook the hand of her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi when he visited to discuss her case.…

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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

January 1, 2016
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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

2015 wasn’t just a benchmark year for censorship in the United States, where we fought more challenges to graphic novels and books than we’ve ever seen. International censorship was on the rise, culminating in literal attacks on cartoonists around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the international stories CBLDF covered in 2015……

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