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Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé is Free

The Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) is reporting that jailed cartoonist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé (aka Jamón y Queso) has been released from prison in Equatorial Guinea and is now safe and free in Spain. From their site: Esono Ebalé, a prominent artist and cartoonist often critical of the government, who traveled to Equatorial Guinea […]

Posted on: May 29, 2018,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé is Free

Angouleme Festival presents fake awards; upset everyone

Brigid Alverson writes at Robot6: The ceremony began with comedian Richard Gaitet, clad in a neon-blue suit and red bow tie, announcing, ?This will be the shortest ceremony in history, because all we want to do is drink and dance.? He proceeded to present nine awards in rapid succession, including the award for best series […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 3 Comments

Scottish Parliament proposes January 7 Cartoonists Day to highlight free speech

Cartoonists Rights Network International reports that one member of the Scottish Parliament is proposing that January 7, the anniversary of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, become Cartoonists day. French-born MSP Christian Allard proposed the motion that the parliament ?reflect on the events that took place in Paris on 7 January 2015 at the […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: Comments Off on Scottish Parliament proposes January 7 Cartoonists Day to highlight free speech

Angouleme International Comics Festival opens Grand Prix into a write-in

From the Guardian: This week the largest comics festival in France announced its 30 nominees for what many consider the most prestigious prize in comics, the Grand Prix. Not one nominee was a woman. Usually there are at least few women on the longlist for the Angoulême International Comics Festival (known in French as the […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Angouleme International Comics Festival opens Grand Prix into a write-in

Cartoonist call for boycot of Grand Prix d’ Angouleme

The Grand Prix d’ Angouleme is one of the highest awards that can be conferred upon a cartoonist. Previous American honorees include Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb and Bill Watterson. This year’s list of 30 nominees did not include the name of any woman and that has many cartoonists upset. Leading the charge is Jessica […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 2 Comments

Syrian cartoonist Akram Raglan reported as dead; family disputes claim

The Cartoonist Rights Network International is reporting that a fellow prisoner has stated that Syrian cartoonist Akram Raglan died in a Syrian hospital as “possibly a result of torture” two and a half years ago. Two years ago a PRI story reported the cartoonist’s death, but the family stating that they were unsure of the […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Syrian cartoonist Akram Raglan reported as dead; family disputes claim

Atena Farghadani subjected to virgnity test by Iranian authorities

From Amnesty International: A recent revelation by satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani that she was forced to undergo a ?virginity and pregnancy test,? prior to her trial for a charge of ?illegitimate sexual relations? for shaking hands with her lawyer, has added another stain on Iran?s shameful record of violence against women, Amnesty International said today. […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2015,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 9 Comments

Who’s winning the free speech debate 10 years after the Danish Muhammad cartoons were printed?

Politico looks at who is winning the free speech debate 10 years after the Danish Newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and ignited a debate, violent and deadly protests and retaliation, and has sent cartoonists into hiding. Despite the 10-year anniversary of the event, which set off the biggest political crisis in Denmark […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 1 Comment

Atena Farghadani facing new charges of adultery for shaking her attorney’s hand

From The Independent: Amnesty International reports that Atena Farghadani, 29, who was jailed after she depicted Iranian government officials as monkeys and goats in a satirical cartoon, may face a longer sentence amid claims over the handshake. Charges of an ?illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery? have been brought against Farghadani and her lawyer Mohammad […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2015,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 6 Comments

French court acquits Plantu from 2010 Catholic Pope cartoon

French cartoonist Jean Plantureux (AKA Plantu) has been acquitted of accusations of inciting hatred by a French appeals court. The accusations stem from a cartoon (below) that depicted Pope Benedict XVI having sex with a child. The New York Times: A lower court acquitted Plantu last year, saying the cartoon came out at a time […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 3 Comments

Atena Faraghdani’s attorney arrested for shaking her hand

As if the news of Iranian activist and artist Atena Faraghdani’s being sentenced for 12.5 years for posting a cartoon on Facebook was outrageous enough, Global Village is reporting that Atena’s attorney has also been arrested for … shaking her hand. From The Global Village: Mohammad Moghimi, the attorney of the Iranian activist and cartoonist […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Atena Faraghdani’s attorney arrested for shaking her hand

Iranian artist jailed for spreading propaganda, insulting government leaders

A sad story of Iranian artist and political activist Atena Farghadani who has been arrested for the cartoon above criticizing a new law restrict access to birth control. Ms Farghadani, 28, faces charges of spreading propaganda, insulting MPs, and insulting the supreme leader. The laws would end decades of family planning in Iran, outlawing vasectomies […]

Posted on: May 19, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Iranian artist jailed for spreading propaganda, insulting government leaders

Malaysian court reverses decision; Government to seek ban on Zunar books

From the Malay Mail: The Federal Court today allowed the government to appeal a lower court?s decision to lift a ban on two books by political cartoonist Zunar. The cartoonist, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaqur said that the ban on the two books, 1 Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun were initially […]

Posted on: May 13, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Malaysian court reverses decision; Government to seek ban on Zunar books

Charlie Hebdo cartoonists says he won’t draw Prophet Muhammad again

From the New York Times: The French cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo’s cover picture of the Prophet Mohammad after the Islamist killings at the satirical weekly in January, has said he will no longer draw the Prophet. “He no longer interests me,” he told Les Inrockuptibles in an interview published on its website on […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, International, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: Comments Off on Charlie Hebdo cartoonists says he won’t draw Prophet Muhammad again

Read excerpts from Charb book, finished two days before Charlie Hebdo attack

The Independent has published a long excerpt from a book (“Letter to the Islamophobia Frauds Who Play into the Hands of Racists”) penned by Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, better known as Charb. The book was finished just two days before the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. A snippet: People who accuse Charlie Hebdo cartoonists of […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015,  Section: International, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 1 Comment