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March 11, 2011

Changes In North Africa Aid Expression Across Region

An article by David E. Miller in Menassat suggests something other recent pieces on cartoon expression in the post-Bouazizi world either hinted at or got to in a way that it didn't quite register with me: the softening of censorious clamps on certain kinds of speech have been felt across the region, no matter the state of protests or turmoil within the individual country. Even better, the cartoonists involved -- well, at least those interviewed -- aren't satisfied with fewer restriction in terms of subject matter; they want the freedom to comment on whatever and whomever they please. Given the years of distressing restrictions on editorial cartoons in the region including the use of the courts to punish those who dare comment on something involving an elected official or royal family member, this has to be seen as a positive sign.
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