Profiled: Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat

Great profile of Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat by Reuters:

That was until a few months before the uprising against Assad began last year, at which point Farzat felt the president had gone too far in stifling freedom of expression and crushing dissent. That’s when it got personal.

“I made that shift from using symbols to portraying actual figures, and little by little I began to see my cartoons being carried by protesters,” Farzat said, surrounded by his works on display at the Mica Gallery in central London.

“They became a symbol for them.”

UPDATE: The Reuter’s link went bad. Now linked to same story on The Chicago Tribune website.