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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

July 29, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

Chinese cartoonist Badiucao has no qualms about tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. As a result, he’s become skilled at eluding the authorities that would censor him. In a recent interview with Cartoonists Rights Network International, Badiucao speaks about the lengths he goes to in order to protect his identity and safety in a country well-known…

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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

July 19, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

For over a year, Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming (best known as Rebel Pepper) has been living in exile in Japan after landing in hot water with the Chinese government for his subversive and highly controversial cartoons. In a recent interview with Index on Censorship, the artist talks about censorship in his home country and how…

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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

July 7, 2016
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Large Turnout for Hong Kong Democracy Protest After Bookseller Revelations

Thousands of Hong Kong residents joined pro-democracy demonstrations last weekend, following local bookstore manager Lam Wing Kee’s revelation that he was involuntarily detained for eight months on the Chinese mainland as authorities there sought information about customers and the books he sold them. The incident represents the latest breakdown in the “one country, two systems”…

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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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Censors Have No Love For the Merc With A Mouth

February 16, 2016
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Deadpool

This past weekend, moviegoers in the U.S. may have enjoyed one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies of the year, Deadpool, but several other countries around the world were not amused by the Merc with a Mouth. From Uzbekistan to India, the list of countries that have censored or even outright banned the…

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Watching Big Brother: Chinese Cartoonist Watches Back

February 11, 2016
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Watch Big Brother

Prolific and controversial political cartoonist Badiucao has made a career out of tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. A new ebook Watching Big Brother: Political Cartoons by Badiucao collects his work and offers a glimpse into Badiucao’s perspective on the state of free speech in China. Born in Shanghai but now residing in Australia, Badiucao utilizes satire…

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China Bans Its Own History

January 22, 2016
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Even China’s own history isn’t safe from censorship. A collection of essays entitled The Realm of History by late historian Gao Hua, which offers a historical and cultural analysis of mainland China’s contemporary history and the Communist Party, has been named “forbidden” and denied distribution in the country. Hua, who died in 2011 and was…

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LEGO Changes Bulk Order Policy After Ai Weiwei Protest

January 20, 2016
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LEGO Changes Bulk Order Policy After Ai Weiwei Protest

Months after news broke that LEGO Group refused to fulfill a bulk order for Ai Weiwei’s current exhibit at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, the company reversed course this week and announced that it no longer vets customers’ intentions for bulk orders. A statement on the company’s website explained the reasoning behind the old policy…

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No Chimichanga: Deadpool Movie Banned in China

January 20, 2016
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Deadpool

Due to violence, nudity, and graphic language, one of the most anticipated comic book movie adaptations of the year, Deadpool, has been officially banned from China. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China has quickly become the world’s second largest theatrical market and has found strong success with most movies taking place in the Marvel universe.…

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Five Hong Kong Booksellers Missing, Likely in Chinese Custody

January 8, 2016
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Five Hong Kong Booksellers Missing, Likely in Chinese Custody

Five employees of Hong Kong publisher and bookseller Mighty Current have gone missing in the past few months, and international publishing and free speech organizations are now demanding answers as to their whereabouts. Editor Lee Bo disappeared last Wednesday, approximately two months after Mighty Current co-owners Gui Minhai and Lu Bo and employees Zhang Zhiping…

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