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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other former British colonies across the world, this…

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Indian Cartoonist Orijit Sen on Being a “Voice of Dissent”

April 15, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Indian cartoonist Orijit Sen is no stranger to censorship. The artist, whose work has been repeatedly pulled from Facebook, recently spoke with Tehelka about why it is important that his “voice of dissent” rubs some people the wrong way and what future generations of artists can do to fight for free expression. Orijit Sen is…

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Indian Cartoonist Strikes Back at Facebook and Censorship

March 22, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Since the blocking of two of his cartoons on Facebook, Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen had made it a personal mission to find ways to provoke audiences and inspire conversations. He spoke with Hindustan Times, discussing how Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus helped inspire him to get into art and his feelings on…

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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

January 4, 2016
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Cartoonist Discusses Self-Censorship Epidemic in India

Last month, Indian graphic novelist and political cartoonist Orijit Sen’s cartoon “Punjaban” quickly became a viral hit after it was removed from Facebook when an anonymous user reported it for “containing nudity.” Despite the fact that an outpouring of support saw the cartoon reinstated, this is just one of many obstacles that Sen has had to…

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Indian Graphic Novelist Celebrates Artistic Nudes After Facebook Censorship

December 1, 2015
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Indian Graphic Novelist Celebrates Artistic Nudes After Facebook Censorship

One of India’s best-known graphic novelists fell afoul of Facebook’s whimsical moderation regarding artistic nudity last week when the social media giant, acting on an anonymous user report, removed his work which showed a woman getting dressed. Orijit Sen and his Facebook followers quickly responded with a flood of other artistic nudes, in what he…

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