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Get CBLDF’s Newest Publication, Read Banned Comics, for Free Today!

September 5, 2018
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Get CBLDF’s Newest Publication, Read Banned Comics, for Free Today!

Banned Books Week is happening September 23 – 29, and CBLDF is excited to release Read Banned Comics A Guide to Banned, Challenged, and Controversial Comics and Graphic Novels to help you get ready for all the festivities! When considering the vast number of books in the world, it’s clear that proportionally comics are the most…

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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

August 20, 2018
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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

CBLDF has joined a coalition of Free Speech advocacy groups in protesting President Trump’s legal intimidation of Simon & Schuster for the publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman’s book Unhinged. The President threatened legal action against the publisher, asserting that it could be punished for publication of this title. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and…

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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

August 10, 2018
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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

Germany announced that they will lift the across-the-board ban on swastikas in video games in favor of a more nuanced approach, similar to that of how they handle Nazi imagery in movies. The shift in policy signals an appreciation for video games as culturally important works. Felix Falk, managing director of The German Games Industry…

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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

August 6, 2018
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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

Author’s Note: Thanks to Carlotta at 360 Amsterdam and employees of the Anne Frank Fonds working at the Anne Frank House, who answered my many questions. All mistakes are the authors. “I live in a crazy time” –Anne Frank The Year was 1942. Walt Disney’s fifth animated feature, Bambi, was released in theaters. Bing Crosby’s…

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SDCC18: CBLDF Programming Guide!

July 5, 2018
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SDCC18: CBLDF Programming Guide!

CBLDF Programming Guide Mark your calendars so you don’t miss a single minute of fun with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. We have brand new educational panels this year to talk about comics in libraries, the history of social justice in comics, the state of censorship today, and so much more! Check out this year’s…

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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

June 14, 2018
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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

Back in February Japanese manga magazine, Coro Coro wildly offended Mongolians with a portrait of Genghis Kahn with male genitalia scrawled on his forehead, and some wordplay above it, which translates to penis. As funny as it may sound some, the censorship that followed is was anything but. If the art sounds random, that’s because it…

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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

May 24, 2018
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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

Rage comics in China are now under fire, with one of the countries most popular sites, Baozou, being targeted for a post from 2014. The post in question was a video of someone wearing a rage face mask making a joke about Dong Cunrui, a soldier who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist party…

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Banned Books Week 2018 Declares “Banning Books Silences Stories”

April 12, 2018
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Banned Books Week 2018 Declares “Banning Books Silences Stories”

Banned Books Week just announced their theme for this year’s highly anticipated week of censorship awareness.  The annual tradition is held is in September and features everything from library displays to special author events held all around the country, designed to shine a light on the frequent challenges and bans books still face. To honor its…

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Censorship By the Numbers: Beyond Books

April 11, 2018
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Censorship By the Numbers: Beyond Books

This week American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its 2017 Most Challenged Books list, comprised of challenges reported to them as well as those discovered by local and national news coverage. However, of the 354 challenges in 2017, only 67% were actually about specific books. The rest of the challenges were to games,…

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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

April 2, 2018
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Website Protesting Book Ban Taken Down by Court Order

Spain’s recent campaign against freedom of speech continues, as they shut down a website protesting the first book banned by the government in over thirty years. The Madrid Booksellers Guild set up the site so the text of Don Quixote visually recreated the text of Farina, to show the arbitrary futility of book banning in…

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