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January 17, 2014

Media Regulator In Ecuador Targets Cartoonist Xavier Bonilla

The phrase "media regulator" should send a chill up anyone's spine, but this story would still be troubling if you swapped out every descriptive phrase for something related to Disney's Country Bears. The idea that a politician in power should be able to advocate against critical art directed at them or things at which they'd prefer art not be directed is maybe the worst trend in international cartooning over the last decade and a half. To institutionalize that in a government role is that much more awful, and that charges be brought against a cartoonist based on such specific readings of material is right up bordering on abominable. As described that is just an awful situation, and I hope that sustained attention to it can bring about its departure.
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