Sunday, May 24, 2015

Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

This wry cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, which won the 2015 World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon competition, sums up the dangers faced by cartoonists, which include censorship, lawsuits, attacks, and murder. 

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around the world—who are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed—far exceed Islamic extremism.

"Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat", a Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Shawn W. Crispin can be found here.

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