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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

November 30, 2017
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British Mom Objects to Non-Consensual Kiss in Sleeping Beauty

A mother in North Tyneside, UK set off a bit of a British media frenzy last week with her request to remove a version of Sleeping Beauty from her six-year-old son’s school curriculum because the story might suggest to “children that it is OK to kiss a woman while she’s asleep.” Sarah Hall posted pictures…

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London Cartoon Censorship Exhibit Ends Friday

November 27, 2017
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London Cartoon Censorship Exhibit Ends Friday

Persecuted cartoonists from around the world are in the spotlight this month at London’s Westminster Reference Library, which is hosting the exhibition “Gagged,” featuring “cartoons about censorship and repression of cartoonists from around the world.” The free exhibit is on display through this Friday, Dec. 1. “Gagged” is coordinated by the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation…

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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

June 23, 2017
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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

The daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location on the Chinese mainland since October 2015 on suspicion of trafficking in banned books, pleaded once again this week for the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to apply diplomatic pressure for his release. Gui was originally abducted…

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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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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

March 17, 2016
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Horror Comics Blamed for 1950s Scottish Vampire Panic

The year was 1954. The location: Glasgow, Scotland’s Southern Necropolis, a massive graveyard harboring over 250,000 sets of mortal remains. Over a span of three nights that September hundreds of children under the age of 14 reportedly assembled there with makeshift weapons, ready to take on a vampire they had conjured from their own collective…

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British Satire Comic Bewildered by Facebook Block

February 17, 2016
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British Satire Comic Bewildered by Facebook Block

The satirical British comic Viz is back on Facebook after the social networking giant blocked its page and threatened it with a permanent ban for unspecified violations of “Facebook Terms and Community Standards.” The page was apparently restored on appeal, even though the only element changed by Viz was the Facebook cover photo, which now shows…

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Suppressed 1978 Judge Dredd Stories to be Republished Next Year

November 2, 2015
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Suppressed 1978 Judge Dredd Stories to be Republished Next Year

Two legendary Judge Dredd storylines that were suppressed by their original publisher in 1978 amid concerns about copyright infringement will finally see the light of day again, after a recent change in UK law provided firmer protections for parody and satire. Rebellion Publishing announced last week that it will release Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth…

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Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

October 23, 2015
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Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

In the final weeks before his trial on nine counts of sedition is set to begin in Malaysia, cartoonist Zunar will embark on a whirlwind European tour with several speaking engagements from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Although the events center on London, he will also make short forays to Cambridge and Zurich. Even after…

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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

October 1, 2015
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London Gallery Removes Toy Dioramas from Free Speech Exhibit Amid Terrorism Fears

  A London gallery hosting an annual freedom of expression exhibit last week pulled a series of satirical photo dioramas after police raised concerns about “potentially inflammatory content” that could anger Islamic State or other extremists. The photos by pseudonymous artist Mimsy feature plush woodland creatures threatened by black-clad adherents of MICIS. The seventh annual…

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Spiegelman New Statesman Cover Pulled Amid Dispute Over Mohammed Comic

June 2, 2015
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Spiegelman New Statesman Cover Pulled Amid Dispute Over Mohammed Comic

The most recent issue of the UK’s New Statesman magazine, on the theme of “Saying the Unsayable,” was originally slated to feature a cover by Art Spiegelman. But the legendary creator of Maus pulled the cover “at the very last minute” by his own description, when the magazine reneged on an informal agreement to also…

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