CRNI’s 2012 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning was shared by Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat.Assem Trivedi was chosen as the co-recipient of our 2012 CIEC award for two courageous actions. First, in an atmosphere of increasing censorship and repression in the world’s largest democracy, Mr. Trivedi launched Cartoons Against Corruption to mobilize his fellow citizens against India’s pervasive political corruption.
Then, after being charged with treason and insulting national symbols, Aseem took his second courageous action. Despite the charges and threats of additional charges, he assumed a leadership role in India’s emerging free speech movement. Joining forces with other free speech activists, Aseem launched an online freedom of expression campaign called Save Your Voice: A Movement Against Web Censorship. [updates on Assem Trivedi]