Posts Tagged ‘ Lebanon ’

Comic Explains Lebanon’s Censorship Problem

June 22, 2017
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Comic Explains Lebanon’s Censorship Problem

A new comic on The Nib provides an illustrated look into the censorship problem in Lebanon. The comic by Ghadi Ghosn and Virginie Le Borgne examines how censorship impacts the country’s vibrant arts community. The comic points out that certain topics — religion, sexuality, civil war, and Israel — are more likely to attract state…

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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

July 13, 2016
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Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles

Without a doubt, the current world hot spot for underground and experimental comics is the Middle East and North Africa–a fact that might surprise many Americans. From Egypt’s Tok Tok to Lebanon’s Samandal to Nadia Khiari’s radical cartoon cat Willis from Tunis, creators across the region are reinventing the format, circumventing government censorship and publishing…

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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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Lebanese Editors Use Government Censorship to Make More Comics

December 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, three editors/artists for the independent Lebanese magazine Samandal were found guilty of belittling Christianity, “inciting sectarian strife,” and propagating “defamation and slander” leading to a total of  $60,000 in fines. In a recent interview with The Comics Journal, four of the publication’s editors (three of whom have been directly implicated in the…

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World Cartoonists Respond to Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015
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World Cartoonists Respond to Paris Attacks

Since Friday night’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and injured 352, the international community has joined with France and its capital in demonstrations of mourning and solidarity. With much of the memorialization taking place on social media, cartoons are spreading like wildfire just as they did after the Charlie Hebdo attack…

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Lebanese Comics Collective Counters Government Censure with Crowdfunding Campaign

November 6, 2015
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Lebanese Comics Collective Counters Government Censure with Crowdfunding Campaign

The Lebanese indie comics collective Samandal, financially crippled after three of its editors were fined a total of $60,000 for charges that include “inciting sectarian strife” and “denigrating religion” through comics, this week turned to crowdfunding in a last-ditch effort to survive. With its Indiegogo campaign, the association hopes to finance its next two annual…

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5 Year Court Battle Leads to Censorship of Lebanese Comics Magazine

October 12, 2015
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A five-year-old court case surrounding the controversial publication of religious-themed comics in a Lebanese magazine has finally concluded with the three editors/artists of the magazine being found guilty of belittling Christianity. Facing $20,000 in fines, the decision may have forced the closure of the magazine, but it has also instigated conversations regarding the state of…

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Cartoonists Around the World Stand In Support of Charlie Hebdo

January 15, 2015
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Mohamed Anwar Charlie Hebdo

The events at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week have incited many people around the world to speak out about the attacks and its implications on free speech. From advocacy groups like CBLDF, Index on Censorship, and PEN America to comics creators around the world, people have come together to mourn and show solidarity. Along…

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