Washington, D.C., August 13, 2014 -- Mr. Joel Pett, President of Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) has just announced that the CRNI Board of Directors has selected Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen as co-recipients of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2014. Each year CRNI gives this coveted award to a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free speech rights under extraordinary circumstances. Our policy on the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning: • We award a cartoonist in grave danger • We do not award any cartoonists who advocate violence or hate • We do not award a cartoon This year’s ceremony will take place on October 11th in San Francisco, California USA during the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from the 9th to the 11th. read more
Art To Die For
Cartoon by Mohammad Saba'aneh, Cartoon Movement
Cartoonists in trouble are found in many countries throughout the world. To help you understand the threats to free speech, we have divided the cartoonists' stories and works into the following regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, South Asia, Oceania/East Asia, Western Europe, The Americas and Eastern Europe.
This archive contains just a sampling of the political cartoons that the enemies of free speech claim the artists had no right to create and you have no right to see. Accompanying each cartoon is the story of what happened to each cartoonist, and in some cases, the cartoonist's family. Over time new entries will be added about other artists who have been targeted by the enemies of free speech.
For most of the featured cartoonists, these drawings were the start of an agonizing process that heavily impacted their lives and the lives of their families. Violence and intimidation work. Most of the cartoonists were charged with libel law infractions. Many of them have been driven from their trade, some have endured jail sentences, others have fled into exile, and nearly all have either been threatened with violence or been physically attacked.
CRNI needs the financial support of individuals who are passionate about defending freedom of expression. Our client cartoonists desperately need the means to obtain food, shelter, survival tactics, and legal advice. Most of these cartoonists need to know that someone cares about them, that someone knows of their sacrifice. That is often the difference between hope and despair.