CRNI notes the recent decision taken by French and British members of FECO International to leave the federation.
FECO-France, now France-Cartoons, explain their reasoning here.
PCO, the UK’s organisation for professional cartoonists, do likewise here.
For our part, CRNI is unequivocal in its condemnation of Iran’s suppression of freedom and imprisonment of artists, journalists and cartoonists. Three times over we have given our annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award to victims of the regime, most recently Atena Farghadani.
It is for the members of FECO to settle internal disputes and determine what conduct warrants exclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation with interest and share practical information concerning the safety of cartoonists with multiple organisations in touch with many hundreds around the world.