Intl. Report on Threatened Cartoonists

Coming soon: report on threatened cartoonists worldwide

Oct 20, 2023 | News

CARTOONISTS RIGHTS are pleased to announce a new report – Cartoonists on the Line – covering the situation of cartoonists and threats to their freedom of expression, written jointly with colleagues Cartooning for Peace, and supported by our partners FREEDOM CARTOONISTS. This report on threatened cartoonists worldwide will reflect on the “post pandemic” period, 2020 through 2022, and feature testimonies from multiple victims of censorship, displacement and other forms of human rights violation.

Cartoonists on the Line will be launched on November 7th during a special session at the World Forum for Democracy 2023, held at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg. Speakers will include: cartoonist Rachita Taneja (aka Sanitary Panels); Patrick Lamassoure (pen-name Kak), cartoonist and President of Cartooning for Peace; Terry Anderson, Executive Director of Cartoonists Rights; Jean-Paul Marthoz, Coordinator for Publishing of the Annual Report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ); and Amb. Tanja Gonggrijp, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe the Netherlands.

The report’s text (available in English and French) describes multiple phenomena identified in cases of cartoonists variously abused, criminalised, displaced, and threatened – all drawn from reports gathered by Cartoonists Rights and Cartooning for Peace – with an emphasis on the “post-pandemic” period, 2020 through 2022. Ongoing cases of particular concern are highlighted, and cartoonists are quoted throughout, describing their experiences of harassment, hate mail, exile, and, above all, censorship.

Also, thanks to the international membership of Cartooning for Peace, the document is lavishly illustrated. And it features contributions from leading experts at like-minded organisations.

Register to receive the report here or here, where you will also find further details.