Posts Tagged ‘ iran ’

Submissions Open for International Human Rights Cartoon Award

September 12, 2017
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Submissions Open for International Human Rights Cartoon Award

Exiled Iranian cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani, who was forced to flee his native country when the regime took notice of his work in 2009, has established a new international prize to recognize cartoonists who are speaking out on issues of human rights anywhere in the world. Submissions for the International Human Rights Cartoon Award are open…

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Exiled Satirist Uses Cartoons to Tackle Sex Education in Iran

July 14, 2017
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Exiled Satirist Uses Cartoons to Tackle Sex Education in Iran

The strict religious views of Iranian authorities have had a dramatic effect on several social issues in country, one of the most problematic being that of sexual education — or lack thereof. Keyomars Marzan, the Iranian satirist better known as Kya, has tried to tackle the problem. (The cartoonist also notably tried to address the problem…

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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

May 17, 2017
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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

Just over a year ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from prison after 18 months. Her so-called crime: drawing Iranian MPs as apes and bovines while they debated a bill toban voluntary sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations. In a recent episode of Amnesty International’s podcast “In Their Own Words,”…

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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

July 20, 2016
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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

Just over two months ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was freed from prison after her draconian prison sentence of 12 years and 9 months for mocking her country’s parliament in a cartoon was shortened to the 18 months she’d already served. Last week, she gave an exclusive interview to the Washington Post’s Michael…

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as a Tumblr blog with a series of guest curators–and this week it’s Brownstein’s turn! In his posts this…

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Independence Day Around the World

July 4, 2016
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Independence Day Around the World

As we celebrate Independence Day, we also celebrate the independent spirit of our country’s founders, men and women who fought against an oppressive regime and eventually gave us the law that CBLDF works to protect: the First Amendment. Freedom of expression isn’t exclusive to the United States, but most countries don’t have the protections we do.…

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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

July 1, 2016
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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

In light of the fact that she recently spent 18 months in prison for drawing a caricature of the Iranian Parliament, Atena Farghadani could be forgiven for taking a bit of a professional break to savor her newfound freedom. Instead, she was back on Facebook earlier this month with a new cartoon taking aim at…

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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

May 19, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

Iran’s House of Cartoon is currently hosting a deliberately provocative Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which organizers say is intended in part to test the boundaries of free expression in the opposite extreme from the Muhammad caricatures in Charlie Hebdo and events like the Pamela Geller-organized contest that was attacked by gunmen in Garland, Texas, last year.…

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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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Iranian Cartoonist Heidari Released from Prison

April 27, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonist Heidari Released from Prison

Just a few days after we got word that Atena Farghadani is set to be released from an Iranian prison next month, her countryman and fellow cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been freed after he was re-arrested on a previous charge in November. Heidari announced his release yesterday with the cartoon shown here and a brief…

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