Cartooning for Peace and Cartoonists Rights have teamed up to produce this report, which is published in English and French and released today.
The 36 pages of“Cartoonists on a Tightrope” analyse a number of cases in the period 2020-2022. It highlights the rise of state censorship in authoritarian regimes, the increase in online violence and hatred against press cartoonists and their growing and disproportionate criminalisation, not to mention the plight of exiles exacerbated by recent conflicts. The report also presents some recommendations for the protection of authors.
While not bad, I think it is a good review, but not very thorough. It falls very short in terms of analysis, and turns to others that are well before the period analysed and that seem to be becoming recurrent “generics” when a particular country is mentioned, even though they have not been reproduced again. There are other cases that are cited which, while interesting, remain very underdeveloped, almost lacking in data.
I also find it strange that at this point in time Spanish versions of this type of report have not yet been published, when Spanish is among the top five languages in the world in terms of number of speakers, number of countries where it is official, geographical extension and third most used language on the internet.
Be that as it may, it is a necessary report, well illustrated and with a large number of notes and references.
Humour in trouble, a collection of cases (III)
Cases of cartoonists who have had problems of some importance because of their cartoons or satirical illustrations. There are also some stories of other people who, without being cartoonists, have had problems for sharing them.