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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

June 24, 2014
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Pakistani Political Cartoonist Mourns Free Expression

Pakistani political cartoonist Sabir Nazar is lucky. He’s currently in Washington, DC for a six-month fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, just as extremist attacks against journalists are ramping up in his home country. A few days ago he talked to Public Radio International’s Carol Hills about the difficulty of carving out a “very…

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use of new platforms…

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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

March 28, 2014
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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

In this day and age, you’d think that politicians would recognize that technology-savvy users will always find a way around attempts to ban popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Turkey’s attempt to block the latter certainly backfired, and cartoonists have been on the frontlines of the anti-censorship movement. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep…

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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

January 21, 2014
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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

Some troubling media regulations that were passed in Ecuador last year are apparently being employed against political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who may face trial over a panel that ran in the newspaper El Universo and offended President Rafael Correa. Bonilla told Agence France-Presse that he does not yet know the exact charge, but early this…

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Libyan Cartoonist Faces Sinister Form of Censorship

January 17, 2014
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Libyan Cartoonist Faces Sinister Form of Censorship

The work of Libyan cartoonist Nabil Fannoush is generally well-received in his home country. However, he still faces enough hostility from fundamentalist elements in his country that his editors have advised him to stay in Canada, where he currently resides. Tjeerd Royaards recently interviewed Fannoush for Cartoon Movement. Fannoush cites the hostile environment toward creative…

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Explore Comics Censored in China

January 15, 2014
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Explore Comics Censored in China

We’ve told you before about a few examples of memes, cartoons, and other images being censored on China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo. An army of 150 censors police Weibo’s 500 million users, deleting anything they find that might displease the government. But because images are more difficult than keywords to detect and block, cartoons…

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Cartoonist Challenges Authority in Tunisia

January 14, 2014
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Tunisian blogger and cartoonist _Z_ didn’t sit back when he saw his government catering to the wealthy elite at the risk of the general public and fragile ecosystem in Tunis. Not long after _Z_ began his crusade against government corruption, authorities tried to shut him down. Fortunately, _Z_ and his followers proved more technically savvy…

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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

December 17, 2013
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Indian Political Cartoons Deleted from Twitter — No Explanation Yet

Indian blogs are reporting that two pieces by political cartoonist Manjul were repeatedly deleted from Twitter with no explanation over the weekend, but the cartoons have just as mysteriously been allowed to remain after he posted each of them a third time. Twitter has not responded to queries as of yet, but it appears the…

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Qatari Cartoonists Vital Part of Country’s Journalism

December 11, 2013
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Qatari Cartoonists Vital Part of Country’s Journalism

Halfway across the world, in a tiny country on the Arabian Peninsula, cartoonists are in high demand. In Qatar, which is slightly smaller in size than the state of Connecticut, editorial cartoonists are a vital part of journalism in the area — often to the frustration of local officials. Qatari caricature artists enjoy a relatively…

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