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Manning, Haydon and Robert Phiddian. Censorship and the Political Cartoonist. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference: 29 Sep—1 Oct, 2004. 
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Resource type: Conference Paper
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Manning
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Keywords: Caricature, Kulturpolitik, New Zealand, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Manning, Phiddian
Collection: Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
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Cartoonist with the New Zealand Herald, Malcolm Evans, was dismissed from the paper after he refused to follow his editor’s instruction to cease cartooning on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Members of the Jewish community were upset by a number of his cartoons, drawn during the first half of 2003. As an award winning editorial cartoonist Evans, observed in his defense, that his cartoons may offend but that their content was not necessarily wrong. Much like his brethren cartoonists, he guards fiercely his licence to mock politicians, governments and states. This paper examines the space within which cartoonists examine political subjects, analyses the Evans case, assesses the legal environment and the parameter within which mass circulation newspaper editors operate. We defend a wide licence for cartoonists and note that they, for the most part, unnecessarily fear defamation for in all likelihood the courts will interpret their work as comment rather than literal assertion of an assumed fact. This paper forms part of our continuing research into the role played by cartoons and satire in political debate and opinion-making: are they mere entertainment, useful indices of public opinion, or positively influential in shaping political events?
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