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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

July 18, 2016
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Egyptian Court Denies Ailing Author’s Request for Bail Pending Appeal

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji’s request to be released from prison pending an appeal in his obscenity case was denied last week, meaning he will continue to serve his two-year sentence for “violating public modesty” until a higher court decides to consider the appeal. That trial date has not been set, and he is said to…

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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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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

May 12, 2016
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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

In a letter sent this week to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, PEN America and more than 120 writers and artists from around the world demanded the release of novelist Ahmed Naji, currently sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. Meanwhile, supporters will…

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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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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

April 29, 2016
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Egyptian Parliament Outraged by Puppet’s Insults

Shortly after Egypt’s judiciary allowed the satirical puppet Abla Fahita to be charged with “violating public morality,” she has now drawn the ire of Parliament as well by referring to its members as “impaired.” Some lawmakers are pressing for her program to be taken off the air on the privately owned satellite channel CBC. Abla…

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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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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

April 25, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf was among dozens of people arrested late last week in advance of planned street protests today. After being held overnight and released without charge early Friday morning, he said on Facebook that his high profile may have saved him, but “others who are less lucky and have nothing to do with politics…

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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

April 25, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

After nearly 18 months in prison for a cartoon depicting politicians as animals, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani will reportedly be released sometime next month. She had been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months, but according to her lawyer the sentence has just been reduced on appeal. Details in English are still sparse,…

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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

April 14, 2016
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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

A wildly popular satirical puppet who appears on Egyptian television is being called into court on June 26, accused of “violating public morality” with her bawdy jokes. The case against Abla Fahita (Aunt Fajita) was brought by lawyer Samir Sabry, who is well-known for introducing frivolous lawsuits. Abla Fahita dispenses humorous political commentary on her…

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