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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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Cartoonist Vilma Vargas Responds with More Humor in Face of Opposition

March 17, 2017
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Cartoonist Vilma Vargas Responds with More Humor in Face of Opposition

Cartoonist Vilma Vargas is from a country that has been none too kind to political dissent: Ecuador. President Rafael Correa has seemingly made a sport of censorship, which frequently targets cartoonists. Vargas’s work confronts human rights violations, endorses women’s rights, and addresses environmental issues, world politics, and administrative and judicial corruption in her home country.…

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Ecuadorian Artist’s Exhibit Censored by Government

May 16, 2016
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"Violencia de Genero en Ecuador" by Vilma Vargas

An art exhibit whose central theme is freedom of expression is facing a censorship attempt by the House of Ecuadorian Culture out of concern that it might become a “forum for opinion and political criticism.” Vilma Vargas has built a career out of producing political cartoons. For over 20 years, the Ecuadorian artist has tackled…

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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

March 1, 2016
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Discriminatory Complaint Against Ecuadorian Cartoonist Declared “Baseless”

Ecuadorian communications agency Cordicom has put to rest a complaint made to governmental censorship agency Supercom earlier this year, determining that a recent cartoon by Javier Bonilla (aka Bonil) is in fact not promoting a discriminatory message against the LGBTQ community. In light of the news, several LGBTQ activists are using the resolution as an opportunity to strengthen…

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Government Attempt to Shut Down Free Press Group in Ecuador Fails

October 8, 2015
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The latest target in Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s campaign against free speech is the non-governmental organization Fundamedios. Citing legal violations for publishing political blog posts that might suggest participation in partisan politics, the government is attempting to shut down the organization. In response, several global free speech groups have protested, temporarily halting the dissolution of…

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Cartoonist Bonil Keeps Up Fight Against Government Censorship

September 4, 2015
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From exorbitant fines to charges of “socioeconomic discrimination” to threats from ISIS, cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, best known by his pen-name Bonil, and his work have been frequent targets of the Ecuadorian government. As we learn in a recent interview with Sampsonia Way, he continues to fight for his and all cartoonists’ right to free expression…

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Bonil: “The Role of a Cartoonist Is to Be a Dissident”

April 7, 2015
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Ecuadorian cartoonist Bonil — a frequent target of governmental censors and recently threatened by ISIS — spoke with free speech advocacy group and watchdog organization Freedom House about the dire state of free expression in his home country. When Rafael Correa took the Ecuadorian presidency in 2007, what he called a “democratizing” of the media…

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Ecuadorian Cartoonist Bonil Fined by His Government and Threatened by ISIS

March 10, 2015
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Earlier last month, political cartoonist, Bonil was charged with socioeconomic discrimination in his home country of Ecuador for his controversial cartoon mocking Afro-Ecuadorian legislative assemblyman, Agustin “Tin” Delgado. But Bonil hasn’t just been targeted by his home country — ISIS has also threatened him. Although the Ecuadorian government boasted the adoption of a more democratic…

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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

January 21, 2014
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Ecuadorean Cartoonist May Face Trial for Insulting President

Some troubling media regulations that were passed in Ecuador last year are apparently being employed against political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla, who may face trial over a panel that ran in the newspaper El Universo and offended President Rafael Correa. Bonilla told Agence France-Presse that he does not yet know the exact charge, but early this…

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