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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

September 9, 2016
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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

The United States wasn’t the only country that harbored a crusade against comics this past century. Germany, too, has had its own sordid history with the medium, complete with public fears over an alleged increase in juvenile delinquency and subsequent censorship laws designed to curb youth consumption of what the Nazi party called during World…

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Nigerian Women Fight Back Against Oppression with Romance Novels

August 26, 2016
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Nigerian Women Fight Back Against Oppression with Romance Novels

A new, unconventional literary movement is taking hold in Nigeria in the form of romance novels. Called “love literature,” dozens of women are printing and even hand-writing thousands of novellas with the intent of speaking out against and challenging certain social and Muslim traditions while, though education, empowering others to stand up and take ownership of…

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Chief Censor Talks About the Evolution of Censorship in New Zealand

August 25, 2016
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From the initially successful and then rescinded ban of the award-winning coming of age novel Into the River in 2015, an 18+ rating on Alan Moore’s Lost Girls in 2014, or the seizure of the classic 1970s book Bloody Mama in 2011, New Zealand’s Office of Film & Literature Classification has come under global scrutiny in recent years…

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Looking Back at a 1980s Anti-Comics and RPG Crusader’s Campaign

August 24, 2016
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Looking Back at a 1980s Anti-Comics and RPG Crusader’s Campaign

Former psychiatrist and founding member of the National Coalition on TV Violence, Thomas Radecki, may have famously led a nationwide battle against violence in comics and RPGs in the 1980s as a means to protect America’s youth, but a Clarion, Pennsylvania court recently sentenced Radecki to 11 to 22 years in prison for overprescribing anti-addiction and…

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A Brief History of Movie Censorship

August 12, 2016
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The 1950s may have saw the implementation of the Comics Code, which literally censored comics off the newsstand and all but destroyed the comics industry, but before that even some of the earliest forms of movie entertainment—the Nickelodeon and moveable theater—faced their own controversial censorship crusade. Once Upon a Screen looks back at the history…

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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

August 4, 2016
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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

Last week, we lost a true comics legend and luminary. Jack Davis is not only remembered as a founding member of MAD magazine and contributor to EC’s diverse line of comics, but also as a man who with his incredible knack for caricature and wit helped push the medium forward, and during a time when…

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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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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

June 3, 2016
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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

With every new generation, there is a new form of media that becomes both actively embraced by American youth, as well as socially stigmatized and branded as “low class,” “obscene,” and “dangerous” by the morality police (aka grown ups). It happened to comics in the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1990s, that taboo was rap…

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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

May 11, 2016
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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

Like comics, movies have the power to incite controversy and motivate communities to protest. Index on Censorship recently looked at five films — a few of which are based on controversial books and graphic novels — that have inspired people to take action beyond the silver screen and have become “symbols of rights’ movements around the…

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

April 28, 2016
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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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