Topic / Censorship

Two Turkish journalists jailed over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Turkish journalists Hikmet Cetinkaya, left, and Ceyda Karan, are to appeal two-year jail sentences imposed on them yesterday for fomenting ‘hatred and enmity in the people via means of the press’ by republishing cartoons of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to this report, the cartoons in Cumhuriyet, an opposition […]

Thanks to the Internet, banned gay music video becomes a hit

Last month Kenyan censors banned the country’s first  gay-themed music video – and the Streisand Effect immediately kicked in. The video, Same Love, was posted on YouTube, and has so far attracted over 135,000 views. According to this report, because the video features a scantily clad man and his boyfriend in bed and two women […]

Ad company rejects Sam Harris billboards

A series of billboards, including the one above, have have been rejected by a major Australian outdoor advertising company. The ads were to be posted in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to promote a January 2016 tour by atheist and best-selling American author Sam Harris. Promoters had planned to run Harris quotes on black billboards that […]

US Christians angry over new sitcom

Impastor, which premiered this summer on the TV Land channel,  follows Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), above, a fugitive and hard-core gambling addict who, in order to hide from a pair of loan sharks, ends up stealing the identity of a recently deceased gay pastor who was relocating to Ladner, a local small-town community. According to […]

NZ Christian group forces book ban

A prurient bunch of Christian prodnoses, Family First, has succeeded in getting an award-winning book for young adults banned in New Zealand. The Film and Literature Board of Review, according to this report, has placed an interim restriction order on Into The River, by Auckland author Ted Dawe, above, meaning it cannot be sold, lent […]

Media term ‘Islamic State’ is offensive

Last year a coalition of imams and organisations representing British Muslims said it wanted everyone from the Prime Minister down to stop referring to the Islamic State as Islamic State. According to this report they demanded that politicians and the media start referring to the Muslim terror group as the “Un-Islamic State” In a letter […]

Author fears violent Islamic reactions

If the illustrations in Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible are anything to go by, his latest project, featuring the Koran, would have been a very welcome addition to a growing list of books that approach religion in an irreverent manner. But Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children’s […]

Young blogger spared custodial sentence

Amos Yee Pang Sang, the teenage blogger in Singapore who was arrested for offending Christians, was today found guilty on two counts following a two-day trial last week. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hay Hung Chun is quoted in this report as saying: His actions show him to be a misguided young man who sought to gain […]

Catholics want Mrs Jesus book scrapped

Last year Emmy Award winner Dan O’Shannon published a satirical cartoon book,  The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus – but not everyone’s happy about it, and we learn today that America Needs Fatima has launched a petition to have the book withdrawn. Addressed to Michael Morrison, President and Publisher of US General Books and Canada HarperCollins […]

Trigger warning

It’s not easy being an artist whose work is shown to an empty room. I should know. A few days ago two men apparently tried to express reasoned and evidence-based criticism of my (and others’) art at the Curtis Culwell Center in Galveston, Texas. That, or their intent was to kill comic artists and comic […]