Art To Die For

“News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising. The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don’t print matter a lot.”
– Katharine Graham

Cartoon by Mohammad Saba'aneh, Cartoon Movement

Cartoonists in trouble are found in many countries throughout the world.  To help you understand the threats to free speech, we have divided the cartoonists' stories and works into the following regions:  Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, South Asia, Oceania/East Asia, Western Europe, The Americas and Eastern Europe.

This archive contains just a sampling of the political cartoons that the enemies of free speech claim the artists had no right to create and you have no right to see.  Accompanying each cartoon is the story of what happened to each cartoonist, and in some cases, the cartoonist's family.  Over time new entries will be added about other artists who have been targeted by the enemies of free speech.   

For most of the featured cartoonists, these drawings were the start of an agonizing process that heavily impacted their lives and the lives of their families.  Violence and intimidation work.  Most of the cartoonists were charged with libel law infractions.  Many of them have been driven from their trade, some have endured jail sentences, others have fled into exile, and nearly all have either been threatened with violence or been physically attacked.

CRNI needs the financial support of individuals who are passionate about defending freedom of expression.  Our client cartoonists desperately need the means to obtain food, shelter, survival tactics, and legal advice.  Most of these cartoonists need to know that someone cares about them, that someone knows of their sacrifice.  That is often the difference between hope and despair. 

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We thank organizations like Reporters sans Frontieres, Committee to Protect Journalists, Amnesty International, the members of the IFEX network and other free speech organizations who report on a daily basis about the status of free speech in the world.