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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

October 4, 2017
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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

Zunar, the Malaysian cartoonist charged with nine counts of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison, got some much-needed international support last month when a United Nations envoy for cultural rights expressed “deep concern” about the case. Just yesterday, however, the Malaysian government once again thumbed its nose at free expression…

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Organizations Urge U.N. To Take Action Against Free Speech Violations in Turkey

June 9, 2016
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Several free speech organizations recently submitted a formal statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling for action to be taken to fix the “major deterioration” of free expression in Turkey. Earlier this month groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PEN International, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to…

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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

March 24, 2016
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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

Just a few months after a UN envoy recommended that Japan ban certain types of manga and anime to somehow protect real children from abuse, a separate UN committee has now entered the fray by urging the government to ban “the sale of video games or cartoons involving sexual violence against women.” What the committee…

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VICTORY: Panel Votes To Keep The Muppets in Marshfield, WI

December 11, 2015
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Things are looking good for the Muppets in Marshfield, WI! On Wednesday, an eight member panel convened and unanimously voted to keep the United Nations picture book For Every Child a Better World, featuring Kermit the Frog, in Marshfield district elementary schools. Despite parent and school board member Mary Carney’s claims that the illustrations of…

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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

December 9, 2015
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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

A parent and school board member in Marshfield, WI wants a United Nations-published picture book featuring Kermit the Frog removed from the district’s new kindergarten curriculum, claiming that the book about global poverty and conflict contains too much “negative, dark, depressing imagery.” A review committee will issue a recommendation on the book challenge at a…

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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

October 30, 2015
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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

A UN special envoy on child protection waded into the debate over manga and anime in Japan this week, urging the country to ban “particular, extreme child pornographic content” even if it does not involve any actual children. In a press conference wrapping up a week-long fact-finding visit on underage sex trafficking, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio…

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