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Submissions Open for International Human Rights Cartoon Award

September 12, 2017
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Submissions Open for International Human Rights Cartoon Award

Exiled Iranian cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani, who was forced to flee his native country when the regime took notice of his work in 2009, has established a new international prize to recognize cartoonists who are speaking out on issues of human rights anywhere in the world. Submissions for the International Human Rights Cartoon Award are open…

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Exiled Syrian Cartoonist: “Drawing is the Strongest Weapon Against the Regime”

December 22, 2016
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Exiled Syrian Cartoonist: “Drawing is the Strongest Weapon Against the Regime”

Five years ago as the Arab Spring swept through the Middle East, Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat sensed a tipping point when it became his responsibility to help “break people’s fear,” in his words. Whereas his cartoons previously relied on oblique symbolism to get his message across, he instead began to draw direct caricatures of…

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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

July 27, 2016
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Exiled Egyptian Creator Tackles Big Issues in Dystopian Webcomic

In the immediate wake of the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising, the Egyptian graphic designer and comic creator who goes by Ganzeer gained notoriety as a street artist, painting murals of protesters who had died in the struggle. But in the tumultuous years that followed, he was forced to flee the country after being labeled a…

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Exiled Somali Cartoonist’s Design Featured on German Stamp for Refugees

June 24, 2016
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Exiled Somali Cartoonist’s Design Featured on German Stamp for Refugees

Eight years ago, Somali cartoonist and journalist Abduallahi Muhiaddin, who uses the pen name Abdul Arts, was forced to flee his home country under threat from militant group Al-Shabaab, which did not appreciate how it was depicted in his cartoons. Now living in Norway, he is working to keep the plight of his fellow refugees…

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Syrian Cartoonists Inspired by Late Colleague’s Bravery

November 25, 2015
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Syrian Cartoonists Inspired by Late Colleague’s Bravery

When Syria’s civil war began in 2011 as an outgrowth of the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, many citizens were initially optimistic about the outcome, seeing a chance to overthrow the brutal Assad regime. Instead, the instability in Syria and neighboring Iraq gave rise to ISIS, and regular Syrians now found themselves trapped…

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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

June 5, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming, also known as Rebel Pepper, is stranded in Japan on a temporary visa and turning to online supporters for financial help after his social media and retail sites were shut down, likely on orders from the Chinese government. Although Wang has been boldly speaking out via social media for years, he…

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