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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

March 30, 2018
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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

Saturday, March 31 is the world premiere of Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a documentary about the first artist in the United States to be convicted of obscenity. Diana was first charged with obscenity after an undercover Florida detective posed as an artist to obtain copies of Boiled Angel. In a week-long case…

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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

November 17, 2017
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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

In a judicial hearing yesterday, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar requested that the country’s highest court consider his challenge to a punitive order that prevents him from traveling abroad. The personal travel ban was imposed last year by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar until such time as the nine charges of sedition against the cartoonist are…

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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

June 1, 2017
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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, plagued by repeated police raids and seizures of his work, has struck upon an innovative solution to censorship: at the launch of his newest book Twit-Twit, Cin Cin this week, buyers will receive only a photocopy of the cover. The full book will follow later by mail, but in the meantime…

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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

May 22, 2017
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Egyptian Court Vacates Ahmed Naji Conviction, Orders Retrial

An Egyptian court yesterday ordered a retrial for novelist Ahmed Naji, who spent 10 months in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life which was reprinted in the state-owned Akhbar al-Adab newspaper. Naji had been sentenced to two years, but was released from prison in December pending an…

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‘Seditious’ Malaysian Artist Encourages Compatriots to Hold Government Accountable

May 1, 2017
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‘Seditious’ Malaysian Artist Encourages Compatriots to Hold Government Accountable

Fahmi Reza, the Malaysian graphic designer and activist who is currently facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak as a clown, took his message of resistance to Malaysian expatriates in Australia last week. Even as his case is pending before a court in Malaysia, he exhorted his fellow countrymen and women to “continue…

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Judge Finds No First Amendment Protection for Congressional Art Contest Painting

April 24, 2017
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Judge Finds No First Amendment Protection for Congressional Art Contest Painting

A District of Columbia circuit court judge has ruled against Rep. William Lacy Clay and David Pulphus, the 19-year-old Missouri man who sued the federal government after his painting depicting a civil rights demonstration was removed from display in a Capitol office building multiple times by other members of Congress. Clay and Pulphus announced in…

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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

April 13, 2017
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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar won a long-awaited victory this week when a High Court judge agreed he was entitled to compensation for books and original art seized by police in 2010. Although the judge awarded him 18,000 Ringgit (about $4,000) for lost income, Zunar said he was even more gratified by the court’s acknowledgement that…

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Judge Hears Arguments Over Removal of Student Painting from Capitol

March 22, 2017
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Judge Hears Arguments Over Removal of Student Painting from Capitol

A federal judge heard arguments this week in a lawsuit over the removal of a painting by a St. Louis teen from the hallway of an office building in the U.S. Capitol complex. The painting by David Pulphus on the theme of police violence hung for several months alongside other student art contest winners from…

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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

December 6, 2016
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Egyptian MPs Recommend Pardon for Jailed Novelist Naji

Jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was included on a parliamentary committee’s list of recommended pardons sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, the same day that the next hearing in Naji’s appeal of a conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life was adjourned until December 18. Use…

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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

November 16, 2016
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Jailed Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Files New Appeal for Release

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, jailed since February after being convicted of “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Use of Life, is launching a new appeal for release after the government agreed to review the cases of political prisoners. Two previous appeals have already failed, most recently in August, and Naji is reportedly…

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