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BBC’s 100 Women Includes Barrier-Breaking Middle Eastern Cartoonists

December 9, 2016
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Willis from Tunis: We Can Do It!

Every year, the BBC puts the spotlight on influential women around the world for its 100 Women series. For 2016, the list includes three Middle Eastern cartoonists fighting for women’s rights and freedom of expression: Doaa Eladl in Egypt, Riham Elhour in Morocco, and Nadia Khiari in Tunisia. A few years ago, we reported on Doaa…

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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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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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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

January 21, 2016
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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

This month marks five years since the regional wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring began in Tunisia. Both before and after the regime changes in that country, Egypt, and Libya, as well as ongoing civil wars in Syria and Yemen, political cartoonists throughout the Middle East and North Africa have risked their freedom…

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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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