DEFENDING THE CREATIVE FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS UNDER THREAT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
In many parts of the world, editorial cartoons are the most widely read and shared opinion feature of the popular press. As a result editorial cartoonists are frequently the first journalists targeted by extremists, thugs, and tyrants; especially in places where press and personal freedom is most fragile.
Working with our global network CRNI diligently monitors threats and abuses against editorial cartoonists ranging from censorship, fines and penalties, and physical intimidation (including of family members), to assault, imprisonment, and even assassination.
We stand by those at risk, bringing international pressure on their persecutors by mounting campaigns for the attention of the public at large and within the diplomatic community calling for cartoonists’ just treatment as well as reaching out to heads of state and relevant ministries and coordinating joint actions with other organizations that promote free expression.
To date, our efforts have directly impacted the freedom and well-being of editorial cartoonists in close to 50 countries, all across the globe.
CRNI is a nonpartisan organization. We do not take a position on the political opinions of cartoonists. We advocate for the rights of each individual to have and to express opinions, for the free exchange of ideas, and for the public’s right to access the work of these courageous, committed, and gifted artists.