Posts Tagged ‘ political cartoonist ’

CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 26, 2017
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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper have now spent over six months in prison, joining about 130 other journalists similarly detained in the media crackdown following Turkey’s attempted coup last July. In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels this week, Cartoonists Rights Network International sent an open letter…

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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

May 17, 2017
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Farghadani Gives Firsthand Account of Imprisonment for Cartoon

Just over a year ago, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from prison after 18 months. Her so-called crime: drawing Iranian MPs as apes and bovines while they debated a bill toban voluntary sterilization procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligations. In a recent episode of Amnesty International’s podcast “In Their Own Words,”…

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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 9, 2017
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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Over six months ago, Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper were arrested in the midst of their government’s ongoing crackdown on independent media following the failed coup last July. After an unnecessarily long detention, they were finally indicted last month on spurious charges of supporting Kurdish militants and…

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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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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

August 18, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

Turkish-born cartoonist Dogan Güzel has been arrested in Istanbul along with more than 20 colleagues from the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which has also been shut down by government order. Güzel, the recipient of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s very first Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award in 1999 and now a naturalized Spanish citizen, happened to…

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Thai Cartoonist “Invited” to Explain Himself to Government Commission

June 28, 2016
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Thai Cartoonist “Invited” to Explain Himself to Government Commission

A Thai political cartoonist and his editor at a weekly news magazine have been summoned to meet with government election commissioners this week and explain a cartoon that mocked a previous draft of Thailand’s nascent constitution. Even though the cartoon was first published 10 months ago and that draft has since been voted down by…

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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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ATENA FREE!

May 3, 2016
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ATENA FREE!

Fantastic news from Iran today: after nearly 18 months in prison for drawing a cartoon, Atena Farghadani has been released! Farghadani’s sentence had recently been reduced on appeal from the original 12 years and 9 months, but even her lawyer was not sure exactly when she would be set free. She was greeted by family…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

April 25, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf was among dozens of people arrested late last week in advance of planned street protests today. After being held overnight and released without charge early Friday morning, he said on Facebook that his high profile may have saved him, but “others who are less lucky and have nothing to do with politics…

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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

April 25, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Farghadani Set to be Released Next Month

After nearly 18 months in prison for a cartoon depicting politicians as animals, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani will reportedly be released sometime next month. She had been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months, but according to her lawyer the sentence has just been reduced on appeal. Details in English are still sparse,…

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