A death sentence has been pronounced via Twitter for Kuwati-born Naif Al-Mutawa by the jihadist militant group ISIS, according to reports out of the Middle East. Dr. Al-Mutawa’s groundbreaking comic THE 99 has sought to give the Muslim community its own superheroes while at the same time fostering a greater, more positive understanding of Islam among its non-Muslim readers. Created in consultation with Sharia scholars, THE 99 has led to Al-Mutawa being listed among the world’s 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center and named, alongside Steve Jobs, one of the seven most influential designers in the world by Forbes China. read more
Cartoon by Nikahang "Nik" Kowsar, Nikahang.blogspot.com
CRNI maintains a comprehensive website with links to affiliates in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
CRNI provides financial support to cartoonists in extreme danger who have lost their income and social support networks.
CRNI publishes collections of cartoons that document the light of endangered editorial cartoonists.
CRNI coordinate advocacy and rescue campaigns with other human rights and free speech organizations.
CRNI develops and implements workshops on cartooning, free speech, legal rights, defensive lifestyle tips and organizing associations of cartoonists.
CRNI participates in letter writing campaigns to heads of state, ministries and legal authorities.
CRNI annually bestows between June and July the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning to a courageous cartoonist who has been targeted by enemies of free speech and expression.
CRNI maintains the Art to Die For Archive a traveling exhibit of editorial cartoons that have enraged the enemies of free speech. The Art to Die For Archive also details the personal stories behind the cartoons. This exhibit is available to present at galleries, colleges, and public spaces.
The CRNI Board of Directors includes editorial cartoonists, media academics, media professionals and dedicated citizens.
CRNI facilitates a network of over 200 editorial and social cartoonists throughout the world who are ready to assist in letter writing, emailing and free speech campaigns.
CRNI is one of two beneficiaries of an annual cartoon auction sponsored by Young D.C. The auction takes place annually on the third Thursday of October in Washington, D.C. Visit the Cartoons and Cocktails website for more information.
CRNI is a member of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX). We are also members of the Tunisia Monitoring Group which is sponsored and supported by members of IFEX.