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 as the recipient 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 An Award of Special Recognition will also be given to Palestinian cartoonist, Majda Shaheen. 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
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About representing CRNI in your country:
CRNI depends on its volunteer country representatives. We call them Affiliate Leaders, who become our eyes and ears for reporting any local problems related to cartooning and free speech. See Mission Statement on this website so you can read about what we do.
Your job as Affiliate Leader: when you hear of any type of censorship or threats or attacks made against cartoonists or the free speech conditions for cartoonists, you write a report. It is a human rights report, written as a news article: who, when, where, why and how. Especially important if a cartoonist is charged with a crime, what is the law he or she is charged with breaking? Which court and any court appearance dates? We also need to know who is the cartoonist’s legal representation. We have to be able to contact the lawyers to coordinate a strategy to help the cartoonist. We work with IFEX to support cartoonists in trouble. CRNI is a member of IFEX.
Sometimes, those who help someone who has become an enemy of the state or labeled as anti-religious are also vulnerable to attack. As a journalist, you must understand that defending free speech is not easy or always safe. Your family should discuss with you whether or not you are prepared to take on these risks and responsibilities. Normally, lawyers representing the accused are fairly immune to targeting. If the cartoonist doesn't have a lawyer, it'd be your job to work with him or his family in getting good representation. Also, you should alert the local representative of other free speech organizations resident in your country (see IFEX Members) and ask them to get involved with the cartoonist.
We ask, in addition to being a busy and often over worked cartoonist, are you willing to also become a volunteer representative of cartoonists in trouble at the local level?
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