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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

October 2, 2017
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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was arrested September 16 in his native country of Equatorial Guinea, remains detained without charge long past the time allowed by law. Although he has been questioned about his work critical of the country’s dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, it seems authorities now may intend to…

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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 21, 2017
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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

A political cartoonist and graphic novelist originally from Equatorial Guinea was arrested last week in the capital city of Malabo and is being held without charge. Ramón Esono Ebalé, who now lives in Paraguay, had briefly returned to his native country in order to renew his passport. According to Human Rights Watch, Ebalé was arrested…

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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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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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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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Government Forces Firing of Kenya’s Top Cartoonist

March 18, 2016
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Government Forces Firing of Kenya’s Top Cartoonist

After decades of doing work for Kenya’s largest newspaper, the Daily Nation, the celebrated and most syndicated cartoonist in East and Central Africa Godfrey Mwampembwa (better known as Gado) has been fired due to suspected political pressure from the Kenyan government. Gado, who is regarded by fellow cartoonists to be the “most important cartoonist in…

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