Posts Tagged ‘ political cartoons ’

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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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

July 21, 2016
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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

The already dire situation for freedom of expression and other basic human rights in Turkey has sharply worsened since last week’s failed military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. In just the past few days, 10,000 people have been arrested on spurious charges, nearly 60,000 civil service workers and all public university deans have…

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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

July 11, 2016
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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

In just the latest in a string of media clampdowns in Turkey, last week a reporter for Dicle News Agency was detained and questioned at a police checkpoint and for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a cartoon shared on social media. Özgür Paksoy was allowed to leave after questioning, but could still face…

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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

July 1, 2016
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Farghadani Strikes Back with New Cartoon

In light of the fact that she recently spent 18 months in prison for drawing a caricature of the Iranian Parliament, Atena Farghadani could be forgiven for taking a bit of a professional break to savor her newfound freedom. Instead, she was back on Facebook earlier this month with a new cartoon taking aim at…

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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

June 30, 2016
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French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo

French government prosecutors opened an investigation last week into new credible death threats against surviving members of the staff at Charlie Hebdo, an anonymous source told Le Parisien newspaper yesterday. The threats came by mail and on the magazine’s Facebook page over the space of a few days earlier this month. The public Facebook comments have…

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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

June 2, 2016
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South Africans Debate Legacy of Racist Imagery in Political Cartoon

One of South Africa’s most well-known political cartoonists has become embroiled in controversy since the publication of a cartoon with what he said were unintended racist overtones. The cartoon by Zapiro, AKA Jonathan Shapiro, depicts the country’s top prosecutor Shaun Abrahams, a black man, as an organ grinder’s monkey. The cartoon published on May 24…

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Herblock Prize Recipient on Political Cartoons and Free Speech

June 1, 2016
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Political cartoonist, self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” and recipient of the 2016 Herblock Prize, Mark Fiore recently sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the award as well as how he is using his craft to push the boundaries of freedom of expression. Fiore is best known for his unique animated political cartoons. From…

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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

May 6, 2016
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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

In recognition of their respective fights against censorship and repressive governments, political cartoonists Zunar and Gado have been jointly awarded the biennial International Editorial Cartoons Prize from the organization Cartooning for Peace. In conjunction with the prize, their work and that of many other cartoonists from around the world is on display in Geneva, Switzerland,…

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Cartoonist Gado Won’t Be Silenced by Kenyan Government

March 31, 2016
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Cartoonist Gado Won’t Be Silenced by Kenyan Government

In the aftermath of Kenyan cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa (better known as Gado) being fired from the Kenyan newspaper The Daily Nation earlier this month, fellow cartoonists, free speech advocates, and cartoonist rights activists are supporting the artist and condemning Kenyan press for undermining freedom of expression. Regarded by many to be the “most important” and “most syndicated” cartoonist in…

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