Posts Tagged ‘ free speech ’

5 Year Court Battle Leads to Censorship of Lebanese Comics Magazine

October 12, 2015
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samandal-7

A five-year-old court case surrounding the controversial publication of religious-themed comics in a Lebanese magazine has finally concluded with the three editors/artists of the magazine being found guilty of belittling Christianity. Facing $20,000 in fines, the decision may have forced the closure of the magazine, but it has also instigated conversations regarding the state of…

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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

August 31, 2015
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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right to read — kicked off an excellent interview with The Guardian‘s Frances Myatt about reading,…

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Moroccan Cartoonists Fight for their Right to Free Speech

August 28, 2015
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Khalid Gueddar

Morocco is a country abound with cartoonists who are using the art of satire to address a variety of social issues and injustices. But it is also a country with a deep recent history of governmental censorship and oppression. Amidst the struggle, though, Moroccan cartoonists are finding new and inventive ways to protect their freedom…

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Slinging Satire: Exhibit Explores the Love/Hate Relationship with Political Cartoons

August 10, 2015
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Slingingslider

An exhibit at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s ToonSeum, entitled Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment, poses the question: What does it mean to be a political cartoonist in today’s turbulent global scene and what represents “fair” satire? Broken into two parts, the first part of the exhibit showcases several political cartoons from award-winning cartoonists that…

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Salman Rushdie: The World Has “Learned the Wrong Lessons” from Charlie Hebdo

July 29, 2015
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Salman Rushdie

In the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, some people continue to ask if free speech went too far. Award-winning author, Salman Rushdie, on the other hand says that the world has “learned the wrong lessons,” and out of fear we continue to stifle free speech. Last week the editor-in-chief at the Charlie Hebdo,…

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Index on Censorship Provides Resources to Protect Artists in the UK

July 27, 2015
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Index Art and Law

US citizens are protected by the First Amendment, but in the UK there are several additional laws and practices that are designed to protect free speech but are often misinterpreted, leading to censorship. Whether you’re a British artist or an international artist exhibiting in the UK, these laws can be confusing. In order to help…

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Children’s Books Prompt Calls for Censorship in Florida

July 15, 2015
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LibrarianOfBasra

In order to help diversify the materials to which students have access, Duval County, Florida will be including two books set in the Middle East in the elementary school curriculum as part of the EngageNY program, and the books have some parents concerned. The children’s books in question are The Librarian of Basra and Nasreen’s…

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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

March 12, 2015
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Denmark Debates the Inclusion of Muhammad Cartoons in Textbooks

In Denmark, recent debates over whether the controversial political cartoons depicting Muhammad printed in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 should be included in Danish textbooks for educational purposes have raised concerns not only over the appropriateness of including such material in an educational setting, but more importantly how to teach them. In light of the…

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Gilbert School Board Keeps Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the Reading List

January 30, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

Gilbert, Arizona, public school system is once again in the news for a book challenge. This time it is Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize winning seminal novel Beloved. The Gilbert school board recently received more than 100 letters from members of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children urging the district to pull the title from…

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Cartoonists Around the World Stand In Support of Charlie Hebdo

January 15, 2015
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Mohamed Anwar Charlie Hebdo

The events at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week have incited many people around the world to speak out about the attacks and its implications on free speech. From advocacy groups like CBLDF, Index on Censorship, and PEN America to comics creators around the world, people have come together to mourn and show solidarity. Along…

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