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Farghadani Subjected to Virginity Test in Investigation of “Illegitimate Relations”

October 12, 2015
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Farghadani Subjected to Virginity Test in Investigation of “Illegitimate Relations”

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, currently serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for caricaturing members of parliament as animals, last week faced trial on the further charge of “non-adultery illegitimate relations” for shaking the hand of her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi. Moreover, Amnesty International recently learned that Farghadani was forced to undergo virginity and pregnancy tests in…

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Syrian Cartoonist Reportedly Died Under Arrest

September 23, 2015
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Syrian Cartoonist Reportedly Died Under Arrest

Three years since Syrian editorial cartoonist Akram Raslan was arrested by the Assad regime for “offending the state’s prestige” with his work, it is now all but certain that he died in government custody in 2013. Based on testimony from a fellow prisoner, Damascus news service Souriatna reported this week that Raslan was transferred to…

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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

September 11, 2015
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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

When political cartoonists from around the country and the world gathered in Columbus, Ohio last week for the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, many of them were thinking of a colleague who couldn’t attend. At a ceremony Saturday evening, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was honored with the CRNI Courage…

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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

August 13, 2015
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Farghadani to Receive CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, currently imprisoned for a cartoon she drew depicting members of the country’s Parliament as apes and bovines, has been named as the 2015 winner of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s Courage in Cartooning award. CRNI Executive Director Robert Russell will present the award to Farghadani in absentia at the Association…

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Iranian-born Actress Ratchets Up International Pressure to Free Atena Farghadani

July 9, 2015
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Iranian-born Actress Ratchets Up International Pressure to Free Atena Farghadani

As Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani continues to languish in prison, sentenced to 12 years and 9 months for a cartoon she drew depicting members of her country’s parliament as animals, she recently got some support from actress and fellow countrywoman Nazanin Boniadi in an op-ed for CNN. Boniadi hopes to raise the international…

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Sudanese Artist “Breaks Fear” of Censorship With His Art

June 23, 2015
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Khalid Albaih

Sudanese political cartoonist Khalid Albaih has used his work to uncover social injustices throughout the Middle East and is now utilizing the power of the pen to disclose corruption and violations of free speech around the world. Called “an artist of the revolution” for the prolific use of his art during the Arab Spring, in…

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Egypt Cracks Down on Street Art

June 19, 2015
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Egypt Cracks Down on Street Art

In June 2010, about eight months before the Tahrir Square uprising, a 28-year-old Egyptian blogger named Khaled Said was arrested and beaten to death after he posted a damning video that allegedly showed police helping themselves to the spoils of a drug bust. In the tumultuous months that followed, Said’s face became a potent symbol…

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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

June 17, 2015
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Atena Farghadani’s Lawyer Also Under Arrest in Iran

Just a few weeks after Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for drawing a cartoon of her country’s lawmakers, her defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi has now been arrested as well. The alleged crime: shaking his client’s hand, which authorities say constitutes adultery. Farghadani was first arrested last…

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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

June 2, 2015
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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, who was charged with “insulting members of parliament through paintings” for a caricature she drew lampooning debate on a bill that would outlaw some forms of contraception, has reportedly been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison. Details out of Iran are still sketchy and few international…

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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

May 21, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

A 29-year-old Iranian artist and women’s rights activist is facing up to two years in prison, plus corporal punishment, for a cartoon she drew last year criticizing a bill that would outlaw some forms of birth control. Atena Farghadani’s trial finished in just one day this week, but the judge said he may take “anywhere…

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