CRNI’s 2006 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning was shared by Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem, and the 12 Danish cartoonists whose cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed caused an international uproar.
Ali Dilem has been chosen as the co-recipient of CRNI’s 2006 Courage In Editorial Cartooning Award, after being sentenced in February by an Algerian court to one year in jail and a 50,000 dinar fine for a set of cartoons printed in the newspaper Liberté. In announcing the award, CRNI President Joel Pett noted that “CRNI is proud to stand in support of cartoonists rights to express their points of view, whether popular or not.” [full article]
The 12 Danish CartoonistsThe story of the 12 Danish cartoonists who drew Mohammed was a global phenomenon, with tragic consequences. The publication of their work became a cause célèbre in both the western and Muslim worlds, where it was used to incite riots and violence that left dozens dead. For the cartoonists themselves, many have been forced into protective hiding, with religious extremists publicly calling for them to be killed for drawing the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
Kurt Westergaard’s cartoon of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban is among the most controversial and fought over cartoon images in modern times.