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June 19, 2014

Go, Look: Palestinian Authority Cartoon Accused Of Glorifying A Recent, Mostly-Condemned Event

Here. It's almost impossible for anyone to unravel the various politics involved here without having that be your full-time job. And maybe not even then. In fact, I'm sure there's no way I can even write a vaguely worded headline that would offend someone out there. So it's not like this kind of an article is a surprise. The reason I point it out is to underline how problematic it can be for countries that have state or political party-driven media as opposed to more of an independent press to encompass certain kinds of cartoon expression, and why that's such a value I hold as it's existed at its best in this country and others. To hear of a cartoon being called an expression of a state institution just seems wrong.
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