Cartoonists Rights Network International will continue to monitor Mr. Raslan’s situation closely, and once again calls on the Syrian government to drop all charges against Mr. Raslan, and release him immediately to his family.
Originally published 10/14/2012
In June of this year, the Canadian newspaper the Vancouver Province took down an animated editorial cartoon that lampoons the Enbridge Corporation. As we reported in a previous article — Dan Murphy, the Editorial Cartoonist and Editorial Animator of the Vancouver Province, Speaks Out After His Paper and His Company “Blink” — the animated cartoon was reportedly removed from the paper’s website “because that energy company had issued an ultimatum to Postmedia Network Inc., the parent company of the Province and nineteen other newspapers and magazines. On June 22nd apparently both the Province and Postmedia blinked when Enbridge Inc. threatened to pull 1 million CAD in ads.” That animated cartoon has not been reposted. However, Dan continues to post traditional editorial cartoons and animated editorial cartoons critical of the Enbridge Corporation on the paper’s website. CRNI has been monitoring the situation at the Vancouver Province since this disturbing incident of corporate interference into a newspaper’s editorial decision making. Earlier this week we sent Kevin Bent, the President and Publisher of the Pacific Newspaper Group, Executive Vice President Western Canada, the following letter of protest. To read the letter, click the link. Read Letter