01 Dec 2014 185 Comments
Cartoonists must be prepared for reactions on their work, by people who agree with them, but also by people who vehemently disagree with one or more of their cartoons. Debate is always good, but especially on the Internet debate can degenerate into personal insults and death threats. Our community has been engaged in an ongoing debate what to do in the case of trolls, and when a troll is a troll. Elchicotriste: Some of you will have noticed that for over a year CM has been under troll attack, some of us authors facing daily harassment, threats in an operation of passive-agressive censorship towards suppression of our work and the treatment of certain topics. This is a drawing to encourage all those cartoonists that are fighting alone.
Forbidden Caricatures in Morocco
22 Feb 2012 19 Comments
An 18 year old citizen in Morocco has been condemned to a year in jail for posting a Damien Glez caricature of the king of Morocco, Mohamed VI, on Facebook. The answer to this lack of freedom: more caricatures to break down the taboo. The artistic community is invited to fight this cancellation of freedom of expression and of the people of that country, by creating their own "forbidden caricature."
27 Jan 2012 6 Comments
To celebrate this Lunar New Year, the Tibet Autonomous Regional government has distributed more than 1 million flags and portraits throughout Tibet, to places including temples, schools and rural households. The portraits depict the four-generation central leadership, represented by Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. Padma Choling, chairman of the regional government, said that hanging the portrait expressed the heartfelt gratitude of Tibetans for the People's Republic of China (PRC) central government and the Communist Party of China (CPC). If you want to learn more about the artist Crazy Crab and his work, read the interview on our blog. This cartoon was republished by the New Internationalist .
Dutch Cartoonists Support Ali Ferzat
03 Sep 2011 1 Comments
The Dutch Press & Print Foundation has asked a number of prominent Dutch cartoonists to make a cartoon to support the Ali Ferzat, the Syrian cartoonist that was beaten up for his cartoons. Appropriately, the cartoons are shown as 'get well'-messages drawn on a cast. To see which artists participated, please visit our blog.
In Support of Ali Ferzat: Keep Fighting Oppression
29 Aug 2011 19 Comments
Another cartoon in support of Ali Ferzat, the well known Syrian oppositional cartoonist (almost 60 years old) , who has been attacked in Syria by anonymous people (very likely associated with the regime) who broke both his hands. Sherif Arafa: 'He is one of the best cartoonists I've ever known. Check some of his cartoons here.' This cartoon was republished by the Washington Post. It is available as a t-shirt design in our webshop.
Syrian Cartoonist Attacks Regime
27 Aug 2011 10 Comments
This cartoon is in support of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, and a reminder to all cartoonists to keep fighting oppression. Ali Ferzat was brutally attacked by masked men, who broke his hands (to stop him drawing) and left him on the road outside Damascus. A stark reminder of the dangers cartoonists can face, but also of how they are feared by oppressors. This cartoon was republished by the Washington Post.
A Dictator's Worst Fear
07 Feb 2011 19 Comments
Freedom of speech is the biggest enemy of any dictator. Social media like Twitter give the people the ability to speak out against the regime.
24 Jan 2011 18 Comments
The biggest threat facing any dictatorship is a popular revolt. This is why dictators have to rely so heavily on repression.
Cartoon Movement provides a platform for cartoonists to show the work they are not allowed to publish elsewhere. We also use cartoons to bring attention to cartoonists who are in danger or have been attacked because of their work. On this project-page we bring together all the cartoons that were made by cartoonists under pressure, and those that were made in support of endangered cartoonists.