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Twelve Cartoons Rejected from European Parliament Exhibition

October 5, 2017
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Twelve Cartoons Rejected from European Parliament Exhibition

An exhibition of cartoons by Greek artists to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the European Union was marred last month by the rejection of almost half the works that were to hang in a European Parliament building, on grounds that they included “controversial content.” The exhibition was organized by left-wing MEPs Stelios Kouloglou and Patrick…

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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

September 22, 2017
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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

As we continue to await a verdict in the politically-motivated trial of Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 of his journalist and editorial colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper, fellow cartoonist Carlos Latuff is doing everything he can from his home country of Brazil to keep the world’s attention trained on the free expression crackdown. Earlier…

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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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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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Syrian Cartoonists Persevere Despite Chaos

April 28, 2017
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Syrian Cartoonists Persevere Despite Chaos

Six years after Syria’s uprising began, the future of the country is far from certain. But one surprising result of the turbulence is already apparent: an abrupt flowering of cartoons, comic magazines, and animated shorts spreading mostly through rebel-held areas and refugee camps. The website Syria Untold recently featured a selection of the sequential art…

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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

April 7, 2017
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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

Five months after Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was arrested along with several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement, they finally were formally indicted this week. If convicted, Kart could face up to 29 years in prison. The charges specifically against Kart are “helping an…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Featured in New Documentary

March 14, 2017
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Egyptian Cartoonist Featured in New Documentary

The new documentary Tickling Giants puts the spotlight on the important role of satire and humor in political dissent–in this case, Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef, who launched a Daily Show-inspired TV program in the midst of the Arab Spring in 2011. Featured alongside Youssef is Andeel, one of Egypt’s best-known indie cartoonists, who contributed…

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BBC’s 100 Women Includes Barrier-Breaking Middle Eastern Cartoonists

December 9, 2016
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Willis from Tunis: We Can Do It!

Every year, the BBC puts the spotlight on influential women around the world for its 100 Women series. For 2016, the list includes three Middle Eastern cartoonists fighting for women’s rights and freedom of expression: Doaa Eladl in Egypt, Riham Elhour in Morocco, and Nadia Khiari in Tunisia. A few years ago, we reported on Doaa…

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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

August 16, 2016
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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

A Jordanian writer turned himself in over the weekend to face charges of insulting Islam with a cartoon that he shared on Facebook intending to mock the worldview of ISIS fighters. Nahed Hattar, a controversial left-wing Christian columnist and staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is currently jailed in Amman pending an investigation. The…

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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

July 29, 2016
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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

The Turkish government’s media crackdown continues this week, thinly justified as a “cleansing” after the failed coup attempt of July 15-16. In the past few days, more than 130 press outlets have been shut down and arrest warrants issued for 89 journalists and media executives, with at least 48 arrested so far. The editor of…

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