Posts Tagged ‘ international ’

Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Banned From Travel

July 7, 2017
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Egyptian Novelist Ahmed Naji Banned From Travel

Despite his successful appeal for retrial, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji, author of The Use of Life, has been prevented from traveling through the Cairo airport by a government travel ban. The travel ban comes in the wake of a series of trials, retrials, and acquitals, which seemed designed to punish Naji for his controversial book The…

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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

December 9, 2016
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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

A blog post featuring satirical cartoons of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is currently blocked by court order inside Turkey but freely available elsewhere, highlighting the delicate balance between intellectual freedom and local laws that online hosting platforms must maintain if they wish to operate internationally. The post on a Turkish blog hosted by U.S.-based…

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Thai Authorities Crack Down on Royal Critics Online and Abroad

October 24, 2016
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Thai Authorities Crack Down on Royal Critics Online and Abroad

Thai authorities are scrambling to quash any perceived insult to their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej following his death on October 13, going so far as to scrub unfavorable results from Google services including the main search engine and YouTube. They are also demanding the extradition of Thai dissidents residing in other countries, though it is…

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Serbian Cartoonist Suspects Government Pressure Led to Contract Cancellation

October 19, 2016
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Serbian Cartoonist Suspects Government Pressure Led to Contract Cancellation

A longtime editorial cartoonist for the Serbian daily newspaper Politika is airing his suspicion that the recent cancellation of his contract came about under pressure from Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic or other government officials. After a statement of denial from Vucic, the paper grudgingly offered Dusan Petricic a contract renewal, but the cartoonist has already…

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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

October 17, 2016
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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

The Malaysian government’s censorship campaign against political cartoonist Zunar entered a new phase today: when he attempted to catch a flight to Singapore for a public forum, he discovered that he’s been barred from leaving the country on direct orders from Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakr. Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition…

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2016 Freedom of Expression Awards Shortlist

April 12, 2016
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

The shortlist for Index on Censorship’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards has been announced. An international organization dedicated to free speech around the world, the award celebrates the individuals who have challenged censorship and stood up for freedom of expression. Out of 400 nominations, 20 artists, writers, and activists have been picked for the award…

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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

January 1, 2016
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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

2015 wasn’t just a benchmark year for censorship in the United States, where we fought more challenges to graphic novels and books than we’ve ever seen. International censorship was on the rise, culminating in literal attacks on cartoonists around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the international stories CBLDF covered in 2015……

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Nominate a Defender of Free Speech for Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards!

October 14, 2015
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Freedom of Expression Award 2016

Index on Censorship, an international organization dedicated to protecting free speech around the world, has opened the floor to nominate artists, journalists, and other activists for the 2016 Freedom of Expression Awards. From the arts and journalism to campaigning and digital activism, the awards celebrate people who have tackled censorship and stood up for freedom…

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CBLDF Executive Director to Speak About the Comics Code at London’s Orbital Comics

August 8, 2014
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CBLDF Executive Director to Speak About the Comics Code at London’s Orbital Comics

Next week, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein takes the fight for the freedom to read to London, where he’ll speak at the British Library on August 17. At 7:30 p.m. on August 14, he’ll join comics fans at Orbital Comics to speak about the history of the comics code. From the event page: Legacy of…

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use of new platforms…

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