CRNI is a proud member of the IFEX network of organisations working in defence of freedom of expression.
On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists we join with them in calling for the equitable treatment of all press and media workers who seek to speak truth to power and moreover guarantees for their safety and justice for those who have suffered at the hands of extremist groups and authoritarian regimes. IFEX Executive Director Annie Game has written an op ed about the latest such cases, not least of which the late Jamal Khashoggi.
We pay tribute to the cartoonists who have died for their work such as Akram Raslan in Syria or the victims at the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France. We recall the sacrifices of those who have been to prison for having the temerity to criticise the state, just as Atena Farghedani did in Iran and Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé in Equatorial Guinea.
And we remember the cartoonists who are currently working in highly dangerous situations such as Pedro X Molina in Nicaragua or Mohammad Saba’aneh in Palestine as well as those who have had their careers effectively ended, like Musa Kart in Turkey, now retired as he faces a prison sentence.
Lastly we think about the many cartoonists who endure constant threats and harassment online, often hand in hand with misogynist attacks. Kanika Mishra, Majda Shaheen, Doaa Eladl and many other female cartoonists have to persist despite a level of abuse most of their male counterparts cannot imagine.
Please join in November 2nd and post a message as part of the #NoImpunity campaign.