Posts Tagged ‘ freedom of speech ’

Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

July 31, 2018
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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has finally been acquitted of the sedition charges leveled at him in 2015 by Malaysia’s previous ruling party. The nine charges stemmed, not from his political cartoons, but for his tweets about the corruption of the government, as well as the trumped-up sodomy charges that led to Anwar Ibrahim being jailed. Since…

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Be Heard’s Resonate Message Goes Viral!

March 19, 2018
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Be Heard’s Resonate Message Goes Viral!

Last week, reporters and social media advocates showed up en masse to help #StudentsBeHeard by spreading the word about CBLDF’s powerful new students’ rights resource created with National Coalition Against Censorship by cartoonist Kai Texel.  From thousands of supportive posts, tweets, and retweets to dozens of thoughtful, generous articles from venues including Teen Vogue, The…

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In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

February 19, 2018
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In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the…

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Cameroonian Cartoonist Fights Censorship with “Radio Taboo”

July 16, 2015
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Issa Nyaphaga

Cameroonian political cartoonist Issa Nyaphaga is no stranger to the often violent implications of free expression in a nation plagued by restrictive laws. And like many other creators around the world who have faced legal threats, imprisonment, and exile, he is fighting back by providing a new space for citizens to have their voice heard.…

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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only…

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Denis Kitchen On Comix and Free Speech

April 10, 2015
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Comics publisher, activist, and free speech advocate Denis Kitchen has done a lot both for comics themselves as well as protecting the creators who produce them. In a recent interview with Mark Voger at NJ.com, Kitchen talks about his work as creator in the underground comix movement to his founding of the CBLDF to protect…

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Wisconsin Cartoonist Sits Down With Elementary School to Talk About Freedom of Speech

April 3, 2015
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Phil Hands

The editorial cartoonist Phil Hands, who draws for the Wisconsin State Journal, took it upon himself recently to visit a local Madison, Wisconsin, elementary school to teach about the importance of freedom of speech, especially in light of the violent events that have shaken the cartooning world. Sitting down with students at Van Hise Elementary…

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Indian Cartoonist Talks About the Increase in Self-Censorship

February 18, 2015
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Vishwajyoti Ghosh

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh is no stranger to speaking out about the importance of free speech both in India as well as the wider world. Recently, he sat down with the Hindustan Times to talk about what it means to be a modern satirist and the responsibility of cartoonists to stand up…

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Angoulême Honors Fallen Charlie Hebdo Staff with “Charlie Freedom of Speech” Award

February 3, 2015
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The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has left the comics world shaken, but it has also motivated cartoonists around the world to stand in solidarity with creators’ fundamental right to free expression. This past week, was another demonstration of the strength of cartooning community took place at the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival in…

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Protestors Perform Public Book Burning in India

January 2, 2015
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This past Friday in India, several members the Bharatiya Janata Party, a right-wing political party, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a non-government Hindu organization, joined together to protest Perumal Murugan’s novel Mathorubagan by openly burning copies in front of a local police station. The two groups are calling for a ban of the book and…

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