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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

April 1, 2016
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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

Riad Sattouf, Franco-Syrian creator of the universally lauded graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, is an uneasy symbol of the intercultural tensions currently roiling Europe and the Middle East. A longtime contributor to Charlie Hebdo and until 2014 the magazine’s only regular cartoonist of Arab descent, he has frequently been asked to explain issues…

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Egyptians Speak Out for Ahmed Naji and Free Expression

March 29, 2016
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Egyptians Speak Out for Ahmed Naji and Free Expression

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji remains in prison pending an appeal of his conviction for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. A few brave government officials, including Minister of Culture Helmy al-Namnam, have spoken out against the verdict and expressed concern about the state of free expression in Egypt. Use…

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Tunisian Newspaper Nixes Comic Critical of U.S. Influence

March 11, 2016
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Tunisian Newspaper Nixes Comic Critical of U.S. Influence

The state-owned Tunisian newspaper La Presse last week rejected a cartoon that criticized the U.S. government’s involvement in Tunisian domestic affairs. According to cartoonist Lotfi Ben Sassi, someone at the newspaper said the strip he submitted for last Sunday’s paper was “not pleasing.” Ben Sassi’s daily satirical strip, Les Bokbok, has become a much-loved Tunisian…

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Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for “Violating Public Modesty”

February 22, 2016
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Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for “Violating Public Modesty”

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison this weekend for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life, which was published in a state-owned newspaper two years ago. Naji was previously acquitted in January, but the prosecution was able to appeal that verdict, and he received the…

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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

February 12, 2016
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Arrest Doesn’t Deter Egyptian Cartoonist Gawish

In the aftermath of his overnight arrest last week, Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish is speaking out through media interviews to make clear that he will not be intimidated into stopping or modifying his work. In fact, he says the Sisi government would do well to consider the criticisms in political caricatures currently flourishing on social…

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Atena Farghadani Explained in Pictures

February 11, 2016
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Atena Farghadani

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has now been in prison for over a year, currently awaiting an appeal of her nearly 13-year sentence for drawing a cartoon that showed members of Parliament as animals. Recently, New Zealand cartoonist Toby Morris produced “Atena and the Animals,” a webcomic that lays out the whole saga of…

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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

February 9, 2016
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Nadia Khiari Wins Free Expression Award at Angoulême Alternative Festival

This year’s Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the comics community, but one FIBD story has largely flown under the radar. That would be the decision not to give out a Freedom of Expression Award, founded with much fanfare just a year ago in honor of…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

February 2, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested on Sunday, allegedly for operating a website without government authorization, but was released yesterday without charge. Although his cartoons tend towards social rather than political satire, it appears an arresting officer found some of his drawings, which mildly mocked government figures, and thus “unofficially accuse[d] him of insulting the…

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Italian Government Draws Ridicule for Covering Nude Statues During Iran Visit

January 29, 2016
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Italian Government Draws Ridicule for Covering Nude Statues During Iran Visit

After the Italian government covered up ancient nude statues ahead of a state visit from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week, cartoonists are having much fun at officials’ expense, but also leading a debate regarding freedom of expression on the world stage. Nude statues along a corridor at Rome’s Capitoline Museums, where Rouhani and Italian…

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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

January 25, 2016
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Farghadani Acquitted on “Illegitimate Relations” Charge

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, currently serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for caricaturing members of parliament as animals, has been spared even more prison time as she was recently acquitted of “non-adultery illegitimate relations.” That charge was brought after she shook the hand of her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi when he visited to discuss her case.…

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