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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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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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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

August 12, 2016
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British Citizen Detained at Airport for Reading Book

On July 25, authorities in the U.K. detained a Muslim citizen at an airport after a cabin crew member reported her for “suspicious activity.” That activity? Reading a book celebrating the freedom of expression in Syria. Faizah Shaheen was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when she was detained. A cabin crew member had reported her…

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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

April 1, 2016
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Franco-Syrian Cartoonist Struggles to Process Hebdo Attack, International Affairs

Riad Sattouf, Franco-Syrian creator of the universally lauded graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, is an uneasy symbol of the intercultural tensions currently roiling Europe and the Middle East. A longtime contributor to Charlie Hebdo and until 2014 the magazine’s only regular cartoonist of Arab descent, he has frequently been asked to explain issues…

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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

January 21, 2016
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Five Years Later, Cartoonists Have Faith in Arab Spring

This month marks five years since the regional wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring began in Tunisia. Both before and after the regime changes in that country, Egypt, and Libya, as well as ongoing civil wars in Syria and Yemen, political cartoonists throughout the Middle East and North Africa have risked their freedom…

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Syrian Cartoonists Inspired by Late Colleague’s Bravery

November 25, 2015
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Syrian Cartoonists Inspired by Late Colleague’s Bravery

When Syria’s civil war began in 2011 as an outgrowth of the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, many citizens were initially optimistic about the outcome, seeing a chance to overthrow the brutal Assad regime. Instead, the instability in Syria and neighboring Iraq gave rise to ISIS, and regular Syrians now found themselves trapped…

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Syrian Cartoonist Reportedly Died Under Arrest

September 23, 2015
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Syrian Cartoonist Reportedly Died Under Arrest

Three years since Syrian editorial cartoonist Akram Raslan was arrested by the Assad regime for “offending the state’s prestige” with his work, it is now all but certain that he died in government custody in 2013. Based on testimony from a fellow prisoner, Damascus news service Souriatna reported this week that Raslan was transferred to…

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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal repercussions…

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use of new platforms…

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