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Middle East censorship rules easing?

David E. Miller writes about the changing rules in the Middle East for cartoonists.

he winds of change blowing through the Arab world have brought about a dramatic breakthrough in the liberties granted to the Arab media, and political cartoonists are no exception. Once banned from depicting the image of their leaders, today Arab cartoonists have a free hand to mock untouchables like Egypt’s Husni Mubarak or Libya’s Muammar Al-Qaddafi.

The only rule that remains is imposed by the region’s conservative monarchies, like Saudi Arabia, which now let cartoonists portray other Arab leaders but not those in their home countries.

It’s a start.

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