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
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.