It is not only journalists who are sometimes hindered or threatened when trying to do their job. Cartoonists and comic artists have also always been on the front line when it comes to exercising free speech. The author and comics expert Jan Smet recently published Duizend bommen en castraten on the subject. With poignant examples this book looks at how over the years censors have come down hard on the comic strip. Lucky Luke was no longer allowed to smoke, the Marsupilami was accused of putting bad ideas into children’s heads – to give just a couple of examples. The educational exhibition takes you on a visual journey through a century of these tensions. The cartoonists and graphic narrators on one hand, and the publishers, editors, religious leaders and politicians on the other.
printed on 11-05-2021
Did you know?
Difference Day once again took place on 3 May. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Erasmus University College Brussels, BOZAR and Evens Foundation joined forces to raise awareness of press freedom and freedom of speech. The seventh edition of this special day was devoted entirely to the theme of “Women Breaking the News”. On 2 May interviews were streamed from the VUB, and on 3 May you could follow the livestream from BOZAR, where the Difference Day Honorary Title and the Doctor Honoris Causa were awarded. Relive the event here.— published on