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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

July 31, 2018
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Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Finally Free From Sedition Charges

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has finally been acquitted of the sedition charges leveled at him in 2015 by Malaysia’s previous ruling party. The nine charges stemmed, not from his political cartoons, but for his tweets about the corruption of the government, as well as the trumped-up sodomy charges that led to Anwar Ibrahim being jailed. Since…

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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

May 9, 2018
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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

Ramòn Esono Ebalè, the political cartoonist falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for over five months, continues to be held in the country awaiting his passport renewal. It has been over two months since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor asked for the charges to be dropped due to lack of evidence. The…

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a terror group without…

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Digital Comic Duo Wins Pulitzer

April 17, 2018
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Digital Comic Duo Wins Pulitzer

Breaking with their own long-established conventions, the Pulitzer committee awarded the Prize for Editorial Cartooning to the creative team behind Welcome to the New World, a digital comic book delivered in installments by The New York Times. The creators are Jake Halpern, a reporter who followed two Syrian families and used pieces of those interviews…

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Ramòn Esono Ebalè Released from False Imprisonment

March 8, 2018
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Ramòn Esono Ebalè Released from False Imprisonment

After being falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for five months and nineteen days, political cartoonist Ramòn Esono Ebalè was finally released on March 7th. It had been just over a week since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor asked for the counterfeiting and forgery charges to be dropped due to lack of…

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Charges Against Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé Dropped

February 27, 2018
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Charges Against Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé Dropped

The specious charges of counterfeiting and forgery against political cartoonist Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé were dropped today. The case was seen in Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo, where Ebalé has been imprisoned since September 16, 2017. He is scheduled to be released in two days. Before his arrest, Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé was living in Paraguay…

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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

January 26, 2018
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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

Thai political cartoon, Khai Meaw, disappeared from Facebook on January 18, 2018, without attribution or explanation. The popular cartoon never employed speech or thought bubbles but was clearly critical of the military junta. The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand claimed no knowledge of government involvement in the disappearance, but did remark that Thai law gives…

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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

July 14, 2016
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Malaysian Police Investigate Lawmaker for Cartoon on Facebook

A Malaysian Member of Parliament is under investigation for sedition after he allegedly shared a cartoon that offended some members of the majority party on Facebook. After heated demonstrations against Nga Kor Ming and his political party DAP this week, political cartoonist Zunar facetiously offered to lead “a free ‘let’s laugh’ course” for the opponents…

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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

June 2, 2016
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Hong Kong Cartoonist Seeks New Publisher After Censorship Attempt

Hong Kong cartoonist Ar To is looking for a new publisher for his collection of political cartoons after his current publisher requested him to make changes to some of his more politically sensitive pieces. Ar To is well-known for his cartoons depicting anthropomorphized animals often criticizing the Hong Kong government. From President Xi Jinping to relations…

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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from fellow…

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