Essam Hanafy, Egypt 2000 Essam was arrested, fined, and sentenced to prison for a cartoon that criticized the Minister of Agriculture.
Essam Hanafy is an Egyptian cartoonist who wrote for the opposition paper, Al-Sha’b. In April 2000, he and two other journalists for the paper were arrested for their criticism of government officials. Hanafy was fined and sentenced to one year imprisonment and hard-labor. Hanafy was convicted for his cartoons criticizing the Minister of Agriculture. Hanafy was released early in October, 2000 and received the Courage in Cartooning award from Cartoonists’ Rights Network the same year.