CRNI’s 2008 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning was given to Palestinian cartoonist Baha’ Boukhari.
Baha’ Boukhari was threatened and his newspaper shut down by the Hamas movement for a cartoon that criticized the party’s governing style. Hamas even tried to label him anti-Islamic. He didn’t back down. Hamas backed down after the local community literally rallied for Baha and the free speech rights of every Palestinian.
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