CRNI recently received news from Pedro Molina that Venezuelan cartoonist Rayma Suprani has been fired from her job at El Universal because of a cartoon critical of the national healthcare system. The cartoon included a signature of Pres. Hugo Chavez flat lining on a monitor representing the national healthcare system. read more
Cartoon by Ali Ferzat, Ali-Ferzat.com.
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