CRNI wants to hear from you if you are, or you represent, a cartoonist who fears criminalisation. The Cartoonists’ Legal Advisory Network exists to provide reliable and rapid guidance to those cartoonists who face arrest, court action or harassment from the police or judiciary.
Who do we support?
- Those who have been arrested, cautioned or questioned by the police, or have reason to believe they soon will be.
- Those who have received notification of a court action pertaining to criminal charges.
- Those who believe a change in the laws of their nation will immediately render them liable to criminal prosecution.
If your experience matches any of the above, use the dedicated address below to contact us and we will begin the process. Please be assured that all requests are confidential.
What will happen when I contact CRNI?
We will follow up and:
- choose a secure communication channel with you
- discuss your case and needs
- confirm your information
– As soon as possible we will seek to confirm with trusted partners that you are who you say you are. This is necessary to protect you in case you are being impersonated and ensures that we focus our support on genuine cases.
- get support
– Once satisfied that the case can be considered genuine, we will ask one of our panel of legal experts for their input.
You can expect:
- An assessment of the merits of the case from a relevant expert.
- Guidance on appropriate next steps.
- Referrals to amenable legal defenders in your location.
Please note we will not provide:
- Full, legally binding opinions nor defence to those who need a lawyer in court.
- Financial aid with court costs.
- Guidance on any legal matter that does not pertain to criminal charges that arise as a result of the correspondent’s work as a cartoonist i.e. we will not accept enquiries about civil law matters.
The Cartoonists’ Legal Advisory Network was established with the support of UNESCO’s Global Media Defence Fund.
DISCLAIMER: The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout this article do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The author(s) are responsible for the choice and the presentation of the facts contained in this article and for the opinions expressed therein, which are not necessarily those of UNESCO and do not commit the Organization.