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Nurse, Angus. "See No Evil, Print No Evil: The criminalization of free speech in dmz." The Comics Grid 7. 10 2017. Accessed 22 Aug. 2017. <>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
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DOI: 10.16995/cg.88
BibTeX citation key: Nurse2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: "DMZ", 9/11, Burchielli. Riccardo, Justice, USA, Wood. Brian
Creators: Nurse
Collection: The Comics Grid
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This article examines contemporary notions on free speech and the criminalisation of journalistic expression since 9/11, via discussion of Brian Wood’s DMZ comics (DC Vertigo). Free speech and the importance of a free press are widely accepted notions, yet journalistic and artistic freedom is arguably under attack in our post-9/11 world. State responses to global terror threats have criminalised free speech, particularly speech seen as ‘glorifying’ or ‘supporting’ terrorism via anti-terror or restrictive media laws. This article examines these issues via DMZ’s discussion of a second American civil war in which freedom of the press has all but disappeared, arguing that DMZ’s ‘War on Terror’ narrative and depiction of controlled news access serve as allegories for contemporary free speech restrictions. DMZ illustrates contemporary concerns about a perceived social problem in its representation of corruption, abuse of power and restrictions on the public’s right to know. 
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