Pittsburg Post Gazette political cartoonist Rob Rogers celebrated being chosen as the 2012 winner of the Thomas Nast Award by announcing he was donating his prize money to CRNI. The Nast Award is given annually by the Overseas Press Club for the best cartoons on international affairs.
Then, after being charged with treason and insulting national symbols, Aseem took his second courageous action. Despite the charges and threats of additional charges, he assumed a leadership role in India’s emerging free speech movement. Joining forces with other free speech activists, Aseem launched an online freedom of expression campaign called Save Your Voice: A Movement Against Web Censorship.
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Update: Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan 06/13/2014
Hidden Heroes 02/21/2014
Grassroots Comics 12/04/2013
July 23, 2015 Interview With Jonathan Guyer 09/15/2013
INNOVATIONS: Web-Wise Political Cartooning 08/14/2013
Syrian Cartoonist Youssef Abdelke Arrested 07/26/2013
Mohammad Saba’aneh Released From Prison 07/03/2013
INNOVATION: Animating Politics 06/21/2013
Rob Rogers Donates Award 05/24/2013
INNOVATION: Self Publishing For Cartoonists 05/10/2013
Get On The Bus 2013 In Washington, D.C. 04/28/2013
Amnesty International, the International Cities of Refuge, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, the Cartoonists Rights Network International and Editorial Cartoonist Abdul Arts Unite to Protest Human Rights Abuses 04/10/2013
INNOVATION: The Art Of Revolution 03/27/2013
Time Is Running Out 02/27/2013
The 25th Cartoons & Cocktails This Thursday 11/12/2012
IFEX Members Issue CRNI Sponsored Joint Action Addressed to India’s Prime Minister and India’s President Protesting the Arrests and Continued Prosecutions of Professor Mahapatra and Mr. Sengupta 09/27/2012
Time is running out! 02/20/2012
Cartoons & Cocktails Coming Soon 10/11/2011
Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat Brutalized 08/26/2011
CRNI’s 2012 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning was shared by Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat.
Assem Trivedi was chosen as the co-recipient of our 2012 Courage Award for two courageous actions. First, in an atmosphere of increasing censorship and repression in the world’s largest democracy, Mr. Trivedi launched Cartoons Against Corruption to mobilize his fellow citizens against India’s pervasive political corruption.
Then, after being charged with treason and insulting national symbols, Aseem took his second courageous action. Despite the charges and threats of additional charges, he assumed a leadership role in India’s emerging free speech movement. [full story]
Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is the co-recipient of CRNI’s 2012 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning, sharing this year’s honor with Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi.
Ferzat was chosen as the award’s co-recipient for his stance against the Assad regime, even in the wake of a brutal beating by the regime’s thugs. As CRNI board member Matt Wuerker recounted in his article about Mr Ferzat for Time Magazine, “Ali Ferzat, 60, spent years drawing insightful cartoons, mostly staying between the prescribed lines of Syria’s state-sanctioned media. But confronted with the regime’s increasing brutality, he embraced the democracy movement and turned his lampoons on President Bashar Assad directly.”
For speaking out, Ali was kidnapped by five masked men … [full story]
Zunar endured 10 years of constant harassment and censorship by the state for cartoons critical of senior government officials. The Malaysian government has seized Zunar’s books and magazines, which also feature work by other cartoonists. The factories producing his titles have been raided and vendors have been warned not to sell his titles. Zunar has been detained and threatened with a charge of sedition. He has fought back by initiating legal challenges to his detention and to the seizing of his titles. Learn more about Zunar and his struggle in the Oceania/East Asia section of our Art to Die For collection. [full story]
Mana Neyestani was subjected to jail time and death threats for a cartoon that, in our opinion, unintentionally offended the Azeri community in Iran. Despite assuring the Azeri community that he had not intended to offend anyone, Mana was forced to flee for his life. Special commendation was given to Mrs. Sandya Eknaligoda of Sri Lanka for her persistent pressure brought to bear on the Sri Lankan government to account for the disappearance of her cartoonist husband Prageeth. Learn more about Mana and the struggles he and his wife have endured in the Middle East/North Africa section of our Art to Die For collection. And learn the story of Sandya’s brave protest in the South Asia section of our Art to Die For collection. [full story]