Je Suis Le Crayon Oublié (I am the Forgotten Pencil)

Art & Design, Blog, Censorship, Featured, Illustration, News, Politics

February 4, 2015

In the aftermath of tragedy, such as the ‪#‎CharlieHebdo‬ shootings, we often conveniently forget the collective carnage that we, as a species inflict on each other. My good friend Mark Gonzales reached out and we collaborated on the following piece. “Je Suis Crayon Oublié” (I am the...

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Critics of Israel are now to be labeled as “anti-Semitic”

Blog, Censorship, Middle East

December 28, 2009

Since when did critising Israel become and act of “anti-Semitism,” or a hate crime? Apparantly since “500 lawmakers, diplomats and academics from over 50 nations met in Jerusalem to consider the threat of “mushrooming” criticism of Israel.”   Freedom of speech is quickly...

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Lahore: March turns into battleground

Blog, Censorship, News, Pakistan, Politics

March 15, 2009

The streets of Lahore have been turned into a battle ground today, as baton wielding riot police begin to shell protestors with tear gas. As I write, GEO News has once again been taken off air (as of 30 seconds ago).   Reports confirm that Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif and a handfull of others, defying their...

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Zardari gags media

Blog, Censorship, News, Pakistan

March 14, 2009

Pakistan’s most widely watched news channel, GEO News , has been taken off the air by the Zardari Government.   GEO News has been giving minute by minute updates of the Long March – a march organised to reinstate the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudry. The last time GEO was taken off air...

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The Truth Must Not Be Sanitised

Articles, Blog, Censorship, Middle East, News, Politics

January 19, 2009

The following article was published on ABC’s The Drum, one of Australia’s largest news, politics, opinion and analysis websites: With a war that has drawn distinct global lines between “the West and the rest”, journalists are now, more than ever, faced with the ethical dilemma of...

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2008: Not a good year for journalists in Pakistan

Blog, Censorship, News, Pakistan

December 30, 2008

12 dead, 201 cases of reported abuse, 41 cases of assault, 74 journalists sustained injuries, 118 cases of intimidation and threats. Intermedia, an independent NGO operating in Pakistan, has released a report on the state of the Pakistani media in 2008. The report highlights the dangers journalists face on a...

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Freedom of Speech: Australia Remains Silent

Articles, Australia, Blog, Censorship, General, News

December 16, 2008

The following article was originally published in the Sydney City Hub Newspaper on October 13, 2008. It was then re-published in the FONAS Fine Arts Magazine – Summer Edition, 2008 By Reuben Brand In the wake of the Bill Henson fiasco that divided the nation, robust discussion on Australia’s...

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Art, Australia and Censorship

Articles, Australia, Blog, Censorship

December 16, 2008

The following article was published in Wed Diary on October 08, 2008: By Reuben Brand In the wake of the Bill Henson fiasco Australians have become divided in the debate over art vs. pornography and censorship vs. freedom of expression. Australia’s censorship laws came under tight scrutiny at an Arts...

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