BBC Radio 4 – Drama, Trial by Laughter – A satirist on trial – so what’s new?

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The ‘Gamecock of Guildhall’

In the early 1800s, a satirical challenge to Royalty, Parliament and the Church went all the way to court. A new play by Nick Newman and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop – modern torch-bearers for free speech – is based on the public trials of William Hone…

In December 1817 the satirist and bookseller William Hone was subjected to three trials on three successive days. He was charged with seditious libel and blasphemy – Hone had dared to attack the Prince Regent and his ally, the Tory government, by parodying the Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments – among other Biblical tracts. In fact, what was on trial was free speech and press freedom – and the cartoonist George Cruikshank was to prove…

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10 Anti-Nazi David Lowe Cartoons | Made From History

Originally from New Zealand, David Low (1891-1963) was a political cartoonist who worked for many years in the United Kingdom. He is known for his satirical work in the Evening Standard, especially his depictions of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin, but also for his criticism of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s policy of Appeasement toward Hitler.

Low’s work for the Standard during the 1930s and 40s caught the ire of the Nazis, resulting in…

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