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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

July 18, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal. That trial date has not been set, and he is said to…

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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

July 12, 2016
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India’s Madras High Court Refuses to Ban Controversial Novel

A two-judge panel at the Madras High Court in India last week rejected petitions to ban author Perumal Murugan’s novel One Part Woman, which has been the target of public protests including a book burning last year. Rightwing nationalists from Murugan’s native state of Tamil Nadu are offended at the historical novel’s depiction of a…

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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

June 17, 2016
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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. EMA that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Like every relatively new medium before them — comics in the 1950s, film in the 1930s — video games are still in the midst of an emergence…

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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

June 6, 2016
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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza is facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak in clown makeup, an image that originally appeared online but has since proliferated in street art throughout the capital of Kuala Lumpur. After learning of those charges on Friday, Fahmi and three other activists including comic artist Arif Rafhan Othman were…

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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

May 12, 2016
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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

In a letter sent this week to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, PEN America and more than 120 writers and artists from around the world demanded the release of novelist Ahmed Naji, currently sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. Meanwhile, supporters will…

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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

May 10, 2016
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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

A Japanese court yesterday imposed a fine of 400,000 yen (about $3,667) on artist Megumi Igarashi for distributing 3D plans of her own genitals via the Internet. The plans were among the premiums in her crowdfunding campaign, which raised money for her project to construct a full-size “vagina kayak.” Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym…

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ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
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ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12 years and 9 months, but even her lawyer was not sure exactly when she would be set free. She was greeted by family…

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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

May 3, 2016
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Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Two Years for Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

Two Turkish journalists were sentenced to two years in prison last week for republishing the post-attack Charlie Hebdo cover that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. Hikmet Cetinkaya and Ceyda Karan, both columnists for the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, are appealing their sentences and remain free in the interim. Cetinkaya and Karan both had columns included in…

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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

April 25, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

After nearly 18 months in prison for a cartoon depicting politicians as animals, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani will reportedly be released sometime next month. She had been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months, but according to her lawyer the sentence has just been reduced on appeal. Details in English are still sparse,…

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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

April 15, 2016
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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

Malaysia’s High Court yesterday rejected cartoonist Zunar’s challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, clearing the way for his long-delayed trial on nine counts of sedition. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 43 years in prison. A lower court is expected to set a new date for his trial today. The sedition…

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