Friday, August 26, 2011

Cartoonist Critical of Syrian Regime Assaulted

Prominent Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat was beaten Thursday by masked gunmen in Damascus. In recent months, as the government cracked-down on protesters, Frezat’s cartoons had been especially critical of the Assad regime. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with London-based writer and blogger Robin Yassin-Kassab, who has followed and written about Ali Ferzat for many years.

More information in The Washington Post.
You can see more of Ferzat's cartoons on this video:

A sample of Ali Ferzat cartoons (via Cartooning For Peace):

Many cartoonists have drawn about the subject. Here is a sample:

Nate Beeler, Washington Examiner

Damien Glez, Burkina Faso

Plantu, Le Monde

Riber Hansson, Sweden
Pedro Molina, Nicaragua

On behalf of the Dutch Press & Print Foundation cartoonist René Leisink (artist name Argus) has asked a number of prominent Dutch cartoonists to make a cartoon to support the Ali Ferzat. Appropriately, the cartoons are shown as 'get well'-messages drawn on a cast.

And finally, a film by Ann Telnaes:

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