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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

November 3, 2017
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Jordanian Cartoonist Under Investigation for Blasphemy

Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj is under investigation for “insulting religion” and “inciting sectarian strife” after a private citizen filed a complaint over a cartoon that shows the crucified Jesus denouncing the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem. The cartoon is in response to recent news that the Church has sold land to Israeli…

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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

August 16, 2016
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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

A Jordanian writer turned himself in over the weekend to face charges of insulting Islam with a cartoon that he shared on Facebook intending to mock the worldview of ISIS fighters. Nahed Hattar, a controversial left-wing Christian columnist and staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is currently jailed in Amman pending an investigation. The…

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Google Ideas Open Conversations About Censorship in New Web Series

January 7, 2016
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Censored Google Ideas

A new initiative from Google Ideas, simply called Censored, invites users to a series of conversations with people who are fighting for their right for free expression. In Part 01 of the series, “Painting over the Bullet Holes,” Google Ideas Chief of Staff Dan Keyserling introduces us to graffiti artist Shamsai Hassani from Afghanistan and…

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Jordan Continues to Enforce Anachronistic Censorship Laws

January 2, 2015
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Books are displayed on a pavement in downtown Amman

Jordan is no stranger to the governmental enforcement of book censorship or the public censure and criticism expressed by various communities and organizations regarding this issue — an issue which has become increasingly prevalent and apparent in light of citizens’ easier access to information on the internet, more widely available print on demand books, and,…

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Middle Eastern Comics Battle Terrorist Ideologies

December 3, 2014
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Aranim's manga-flavored One Thousand and One Nights

In light of increasingly successful terrorist recruitment tactics which are now drawing disaffected young people from around the world to join ISIL in the Middle East, one Jordanian man firmly believes that the solution may lie in comic books. For the past eight years, Suleiman Bakhit has dedicated his career to creating new Arab heroes…

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