CRNI thanks these foundations and corporations for recognizing the value and impact of cartoonists in the political and social process; and for the difference their generous support has made in the lives of our clients:
The Herb Block Foundation (Washington, DC), for their series of one-year grants to support CRNI’s core operating costs. The Herb Block Foundation also assists in supporting our annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning award ceremony.
The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education (New York, NY) for their one-year $15,000 challenge grant to help CRNI develop its infrastructure and individual donor base. We were able to match the challenge through a $25,000 individual contribution from Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for the New Yorker magazine. CFJ is a partnership of the Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Tribune Company.
New York Times Company Foundation (New York, NY) for a $5,000 grant to publish cartoon illustrated advocacy documents for cartoonists who are under great threat.
UNESCO (Paris, France), for their grant supporting strengthening the security of CRNI’s website (during 2007 our website came under very aggressive hacking attack from militant Islamists who wanted to silence our support for middle eastern cartoonists in trouble. It has not been hacked since.)
The Open Society Foundations (London, England), for a companion grant to the UNESCO project to strengthen our original website.
The Jyllands-Posten Foundation (Viby, Denmark) for a grant to underwrite our annual awards dinner in 2007, when the event honored the 12 Danish cartoonists whose lives were under threat from militant Islamists.
The DOEN Foundation (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) for a grant in 2012 to support MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) cartoonists under threat, to develop institutional capacity in the region, and to develop a safety manual for endangered cartoonists.
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom (Doha, Qatar) for their grant to support our annual Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning event in 2013.
The National Endowment for Democracy for their grant support in 2015/16 and 2016/17, in particular funding for our workshop at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University, convened in September 2015 to plan a co-ordinated, global response to threats against cartoonists. We thank the staff at both the library and university for all their assistance as well as IFEX and the Herb Block Foundation for additional support.
Art Soiree LLC (Washington, DC) for money raised during auction events in 2016.
Young D.C. (Washington, DC) for a series of annual grants from the Cartoons and Cocktails charity cartoon auction held each October at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The CRNI staff, our client cartoonists and their families are grateful for the support the following individual champions of free speech:
CRNI offers special thanks to the following individuals for contributions totaling $1000 or more (* denotes a multiple donor).
Ms. Lucy Hamilton* Lexington, KY
Dr. Hern Sacramento, CA
Dr. John Lent* Philadelphia, PA
Mr. Bob Mankoff New York, NY
Mr. Daniel Murphy Delta, BC
Mr. Carl Nelson* Wellesley, MA
Mr. Rob Rogers* Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Joel Pett* Lexington, KY
Ms. Ann Telnaes* Washington D.C.
Ms. Joanne Wuerker Palos Verdes, CA
Mr. Matt Wuerker* Washington D.C.
We also thank our anonymous donors in this category.
Friends of CRNI
CRNI wishes the thank to the following individuals for contributions between $100 and $1,000
Armadillo & Dicker bookstore, Sacramento CA
Ms. Lizbeth Binks Towson, MD
Ms. Amy Davidson Gainesville, FL
Mr. Anderson Evans New York, NY
Mr. Patrick Hickey Richmond, VA
Ms. Judy Hines Arlington, VA
Mr. Ben Johnson Washington D.C.
Mr. Kevin Kallaugher Glyndon, MD
Ms. Carol Knopes Arlington, VA
Ms. Karen Kruesi no address given
Mr Michael Ludwig no address given
Ms. Elisa Nyuten Toronto, ON
Mrs. Pat Parker & Mr. Jeff Parker Melbourne, FL
Mr. Drew Rougier-Chapman Broadlands, VA
Mr. Dale Schumacher no address given
Mr. Adam Zyglis Buffalo, NY
We also thank our anonymous donors in this category.
Mrs. Hemamali Russell on behalf of Mrs. Jean Ward Bennett
Mrs. Kathryn M Jackson on behalf of Mrs. Jean Ward Bennett
Mrs. Barbara Sweeney on behalf of Mrs. Jean Ward Bennett
The success of CRNI’s efforts and advocacy around the world depends on the generous support of individuals like those listed above. We need your help to continue this vital work on the front lines of free speech. Make your monthly or one-time contribution today!
To donate directly, send your check or money order to:
Cartoonists Rights Network International
P.O. Box 7272
Fairfax Station, VA 22039 USA
CRNI is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, federal tax ID #54-1982242. Your contributions are deductible to the full extent allowable. Please include an email address so that we can acknowledge your gift.
June 20, 2014 CRNI has been working ceaselessly to ascertain exactly the exact whereabouts of Mr. Raslan, and to gain information about his health and status. We’ve enlisted the support of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and its Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The last official report on Mr. Raslan came via the the Syrian Permanent Mission to the UN in 2013, in response to a UN request for information relating to the cartoonist. At that time, the Syrian Mission confirmed Mr. Raslan’s arrest was for publishing cartoons ‘offending the state’s prestige’, and that he was still under investigation by the ‘relevant authority’. [full story]
The cartoon on the left was drawn by Bangladeshi cartoonist Arifur Rahman for a children’s publication, telling the story of a mullah (an Islamic cleric) asking a little boy the name of his cat. The boy replies his cat’s name is Mohammed. In Bangladesh, as in many Islamic countries, it is taboo to name an animal the same name as the prophet Mohammed. For this crime, Arifur spent seven months in prison under unspeakably horrible conditions. When he was released in April of 2008, Arifur escaped to the safe haven city of Drøbak, Norway, assisted by CRNI and ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network.
Our previous update on Jabeur has the full story of his first imprisonment, as well as names and addresses of Tunisian officials you can write to to express your support for Jabeur.