Posts Tagged ‘ cartoon ’

Hattar Assassination Inspires Mixed Reactions

October 5, 2016
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Hattar Assassination Inspires Mixed Reactions

When Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead last week outside a courthouse in Amman before the start of his blasphemy trial for a cartoon he shared on Facebook, many Middle Eastern free speech advocates were troubled even if they didn’t agree with Hattar’s views and politics. He held some unpopular opinions to say the…

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Anti-Nazi Disney Cartoon Pulled from Russian Extremist Materials List

August 2, 2016
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73 years after its debut on the silver screen, the Oscar-winning 1943 Donald Duck short “Der Fuehrer’s Face” or “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” has been pulled off the list of banned “extremist materials” in Kamchatka, Russia. In 2010, a Kamchatka resident was charged with “inciting hatred and enmity” and received a six-month suspended sentence…

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Cartoonist Rehired After 2-Month Free Speech Battle

July 5, 2016
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Editorial cartoonist Rick Friday has been rehired by the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News, the newspaper that fired him two months ago for tackling corporate greed in the farming industry. Friday, who had a 21-year long stint with the newspaper, was abruptly fired back in May after undisclosed sponsors cancelled their advertisements with the paper in response…

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Indian Cartoonist Censored in City-Wide Clean-Up

June 15, 2016
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Under the pretense of a city-wide beautification effort, Indian political cartoonist Satish Acharya has had one of his recent cartoons removed from a public display in Kundapura. Acharya is a self-taught cartoonist who tackles a variety of topics, including political corruption and social issues in India. His most recent piece, pulled from a billboard in Kundapura…

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Tom and Jerry Blamed for Violence in the Middle East

May 9, 2016
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A recent comment made by chairman of the Egyptian State Information Service, Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, blames the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom and Jerry for the alarming violence and extremism in the Middle East today. The cartoon, which was released in 1940, shows the never-ending escapades of Tom the cat trying to catch Jerry the…

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Cartoonist Fired for Cartoon Criticizing Farm Industry CEOs

May 5, 2016
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A complaint from an advertiser has ended Rick Friday’s 21-year stint drawing cartoons for the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News. The prolific freelance cartoonist, who has drawn more than 1,000 cartoons for the paper, was let go after one company pulled their advertising over a Friday’s cartoon about corporate greed in farming. Friday took to Facebook last…

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Indian Cartoonist Strikes Back at Facebook and Censorship

March 22, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Since the blocking of two of his cartoons on Facebook, Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen had made it a personal mission to find ways to provoke audiences and inspire conversations. He spoke with Hindustan Times, discussing how Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus helped inspire him to get into art and his feelings on…

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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

March 1, 2016
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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

Ecuadorian communications agency Cordicom has put to rest a complaint made to governmental censorship agency Supercom earlier this year, determining that a recent cartoon by Javier Bonilla (aka Bonil) is in fact not promoting a discriminatory message against the LGBTQ community. In light of the news, several LGBTQ activists are using the resolution as an opportunity to strengthen…

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Brazilian Cartoonist Dares Others to “Follow Me at Your Own Risk”

February 4, 2016
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“Follow me at your own risk.” This is the disclaimer Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff now displays as part of his Twitter bio in response to the recent ban of his website by the Turkish government. The artist recently sat down with Today’s Zaman to talk about the necessity of his craft and how free expression…

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Turkish Government Bans Brazilian Cartoonist

January 27, 2016
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Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff may have become popular amongst the general population of Turkey, but the Turkish government will stop at nothing to still his pen. In a recent interview with Al-Monitor, the cartoonist discusses the implications of his work and what it means to be the first foreign cartoonist facing a legal ban…

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