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Raising Free Range Readers

May 25, 2018
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Raising Free Range Readers

Author and educator Melissa Scholes Young wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post explaining why she doesn’t censor the books her children read. While this position likely splits mosts parents down the middle between those that wholeheartedly agree and those that feel their pulse quicken at the thought of finding Fifty Shades of Gray in…

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Be Heard’s Resonate Message Goes Viral!

March 19, 2018
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Be Heard’s Resonate Message Goes Viral!

Last week, reporters and social media advocates showed up en masse to help #StudentsBeHeard by spreading the word about CBLDF’s powerful new students’ rights resource created with National Coalition Against Censorship by cartoonist Kai Texel.  From thousands of supportive posts, tweets, and retweets to dozens of thoughtful, generous articles from venues including Teen Vogue, The…

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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

December 2, 2016
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CBLDF in the Media: Defending Comics for the Future

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein has been busy as ever these past few months, making the rounds of TV, radio, and print media to discuss our work defending comics from censorship attempts and our plans for the future! This week in advance of Giving Tuesday, Brownstein spoke to the Washington Post‘s resident comics expert Michael…

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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

July 20, 2016
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Farghadani Discusses Past Imprisonment and Future Plans

Just over two months ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was freed from prison after her draconian prison sentence of 12 years and 9 months for mocking her country’s parliament in a cartoon was shortened to the 18 months she’d already served. Last week, she gave an exclusive interview to the Washington Post’s Michael…

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Sedition in 140 Characters or Less: Zunar on the Alarming State of Free Speech in Malaysia

January 5, 2016
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“The Malaysian government has no sense of humor.” This is the polite way that cartoonist Zunar describes his home country’s current administration and their controversial and unjust treatment of free expression in a recent editorial piece he wrote for the Washington Post. The cartoonist is currently facing nine counts of sedition and a possible jail…

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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from fellow…

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CBLDF Executive Director Responds to Most Frequently Challenged List

April 14, 2015
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Over the weekend, ALA released their list of the most frequently challenged books in 2014. Disappointingly, that list included three highly acclaimed graphic novels, so CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein took a moment to discuss this troubling development with The Washington Post‘s Michael Cavna. The American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries Report lists…

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Washington Post Reader Objects to Doonesbury Rape Mention

January 5, 2015
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It shouldn’t be news to anyone that Garry Trudeau’s long-running Doonesbury strip regularly tackles controversial current events and has done so for decades; last year the Washington Post finally ran a strip about Watergate that its editors had vetoed in 1973. But one Post reader was surprised enough by a recent storyline alluding to campus…

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Spiked Doonesbury Strip Runs in Washington Post After 41 Years

May 1, 2014
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Spiked Doonesbury Strip Runs in Washington Post After 41 Years

Last week, the Washington Post finally ran a Doonesbury strip that its editors vetoed in 1973. At the Post’s own Comic Riffs blog, columnist Michael Cavna examined the Watergate-era context of the strip, the paper’s rather weak justification for its decision at the time, and the reactions of readers and Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. In…

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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

April 4, 2014
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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

Last Sunday, Washington Post readers might have been surprised to find a rerun of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip in the print edition of the paper. The paper decided to pull the strip over the use of one word: “midget.” In the strip, Rat and Goat discuss terms that were once acceptable, such…

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