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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

November 14, 2017
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Indian Cartoonist Arrested for Defamation After Complaint by Local Official

Indian cartoonist Bala G. is vowing to continue his work, despite the fact that he was arrested earlier this month for defamation and obscenity after drawing three local officials in the buff. The cartoon in question was a commentary on the murder-suicide by fire of a family of four outside a municipal office, after their…

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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

October 23, 2017
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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested and charged with sedition in 2012 before the charges were ultimately dropped, has warned in a new interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the state of free expression in his country has worsened during the intervening years. Mumbai police banned Trivedi’s blog Cartoons Against Corruption in…

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Kanika Mishra: Social Media as a Vehicle for Free Speech and Empowerment

March 31, 2016
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Kanika Mishra

Known for her cartoons on social and political issues in India—especially those that relate to Indian women—cartoonist Kanika Mishra has gained significant recognition for her use of social media as a vehicle for freedom of expression. Earlier this year, Mishra gave a talk at TEDxYouth@OIS, during which she spoke about the challenges that women face, as…

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Indian Cartoonist Latest Victim of Facebook’s Content Policy

March 16, 2016
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Kanika Mishra

A cartoon by Kanika Mishra, drawn in response to a controversial statement made by Indian Minister Maneka Gandhi about the inability to criminalize marital rape, has been pulled from Facebook for not adhering to “community standards.” The award-winning cartoonist has been the victim of death threats and garnered the ire of many Indian men due…

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Kashmiri Cartoonist Back on Facebook After Temporary Block

February 19, 2016
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Kashmiri Cartoonist Back on Facebook After Temporary Block

Facebook again waded into complex international politics last week when it temporarily blocked a Kashmiri cartoonist’s work commenting on the Indian government’s 2013 execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was convicted as an accessory to a 2001 terrorist attack on the Parliament building in New Delhi. The border region of Kashmir has been in dispute…

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Indian Cartoonist Keeps Drawing Despite Death Threats

February 12, 2016
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Indian Cartoonist Keeps Drawing Despite Death Threats

Three years after she first sparred with a popular guru and his rabid followers, Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra was recently profiled on the Humans of Bombay Facebook page, sharing more about her experience of living in fear after numerous death and rape threats–and her determination not to be intimidated into silence. Mishra was inspired to…

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