The surrender and arrest of Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on charges of sedition has become a big story in many publications here in the US. Aseem was scheduled to be here in the US at The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention to receive The Cartoonist Rights Network International Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award but a judge has held him in custody until September 24th.
Aseem was offered the opportunity to go if he applied for bail, but he refused.
“If telling the truth makes me a traitor, then I am one,” Trivedi told reporters outside the court late Sunday on his way to a hearing. “Even Mahatma Gandhi was called traitor, and if I am booked under sedition for doing service to the nation, then I will continue to do so.”
Most of his allegedly seditious cartoons were displayed last year on a website that Trivedi launched, called CartoonsAgainstCorruption.com. The government blocked the site in December during a demonstration by anti-corruption leader Anna Hazare.