Posts Tagged ‘ satire ’

No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

July 22, 2015
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No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

Although international media have widely reported in the past few days that Charlie Hebdo publication director Laurent Sourisseau declared a definitive end to Mohammed cartoons in the satirical magazine, the editorial team clarified today that nothing has changed: They will caricature the prophet as current events warrant, but they are not “obsessed” with doing so.…

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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Unamused by Mad Antics

July 13, 2015
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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Unamused by Mad Antics

Our readers undoubtedly know about EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines’ valiant defense of comics at a 1954 Senate hearing investigating whether the funny books were leading children into a life of crime. Now a recent feature at Mental Floss is highlighting how Gaines and co. continued to antagonize federal authorities–namely the FBI–during the glory days…

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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

April 20, 2015
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Imposing Rules on Satire Harms Free Expression

From events like the attack on Charlie Hebdo to the governmental persecution of cartoonists around the world, in light of what seems to be a disturbing increase in attacks on free speech a series of questions continue to come up in both the mainstream media and on the internet: what is satire and, most importantly, what…

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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

April 17, 2015
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Garry Trudeau Argues that Charlie Hebdo Crossed a Satirical Red Line

American political satirist and cartoonist Garry Trudeau is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work, and in his recent article published in The Atlantic, he invited further controversy with inflammatory comments equating the editorial decisions at the Charlie Hebdo office to hate speech and what he describes as a rising trend of “free-speech fanaticism.”…

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Humor as a Weapon Against Fear in Turkey

January 22, 2015
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Leman Charlie Hebdo

“Humor is our weapon against fear.” These are the words that Zafer Aknar, managing editor of Leman, one of Turkey’s largest satire magazines, recently spoke regarding increased hostility towards Turkish journalists and cartoonists for the strong level of support they expressed in response to the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Although such sentiment continues to…

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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 9, 2015
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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

Shortly after the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, tributes and musings on free expression flooded the press and Internet. We’ve gathered some of the best and most interesting posts. Although initial reports on Wednesday said that four cartoonists were among the 12 dead, we learned…

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