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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

November 14, 2017
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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

Indian cartoonist Bala G. is vowing to continue his work, despite the fact that he was arrested earlier this month for defamation and obscenity after drawing three local officials in the buff. The cartoon in question was a commentary on the murder-suicide by fire of a family of four outside a municipal office, after their…

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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

October 23, 2017
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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested and charged with sedition in 2012 before the charges were ultimately dropped, has warned in a new interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the state of free expression in his country has worsened during the intervening years. Mumbai police banned Trivedi’s blog Cartoons Against Corruption in…

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Cartoonist Uses Webcomics to Combat Inequality in India

July 27, 2017
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Cartoonist Uses Webcomics to Combat Inequality in India

Rachita Taneja is a Bangalore-based cartoonist who has been using webcomics to address political issues in India since 2014. Taneja’s highly accessible webcomic, Sanitary Panels, started as a political pursuit to speak out against 66A of India’s IT Act (a section that has since been struck down), which restricted the use of computers to share…

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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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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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other former British colonies across the world, this…

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Indian Cartoonist Censored in City-Wide Clean-Up

June 15, 2016
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Under the pretense of a city-wide beautification effort, Indian political cartoonist Satish Acharya has had one of his recent cartoons removed from a public display in Kundapura. Acharya is a self-taught cartoonist who tackles a variety of topics, including political corruption and social issues in India. His most recent piece, pulled from a billboard in Kundapura…

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Indian Cartoonist Orijit Sen on Being a “Voice of Dissent”

April 15, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Indian cartoonist Orijit Sen is no stranger to censorship. The artist, whose work has been repeatedly pulled from Facebook, recently spoke with Tehelka about why it is important that his “voice of dissent” rubs some people the wrong way and what future generations of artists can do to fight for free expression. Orijit Sen is…

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Kanika Mishra: Social Media as a Vehicle for Free Speech and Empowerment

March 31, 2016
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Kanika Mishra

Known for her cartoons on social and political issues in India—especially those that relate to Indian women—cartoonist Kanika Mishra has gained significant recognition for her use of social media as a vehicle for freedom of expression. Earlier this year, Mishra gave a talk at TEDxYouth@OIS, during which she spoke about the challenges that women face, as…

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Two Indian Men Arrested For Sharing Satirical Image

March 25, 2016
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RSS Chief

Two young men from the Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh, India, have been arrested for distributing obscene material over the internet. They face a possible three to five year jail sentence. 22-year-old Shaquir Yunus Banthia and 21-year-old college student Wasim Sheikh were arrested earlier this month after sharing on Facebook and WhatsApp an altered image of Mohan…

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