Cartoonists ‘first victims’ of crackdowns on press

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In a modern world paralyzed and cowed by Islamic violence and leftist oppression, that it should be cartoonists on the front lines of the war is at once poetic and brutal. If we can’t stand with the cartoonist, no one, and I mean no one, will be spared.

The article leaves out the most persecuted cartoonists in the world, those who would dare depict Muhammad.

America once stood as a beacon of this ideal — the First Amendment was one of humankind’s great achievements. No more.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.

Cartoonists ‘first victims’ of crackdowns on press

French cartoonist Plantu, a founder of Cartooning for Peace, says his peers are increasingly in danger across the globe (AFP Photo/JOEL SAGET)

Paris (AFP) – Ten countries including Russia, Turkey and India have been condemned for censoring, locking up or threatening cartoonists in a new report published Friday.

The Cartooning for Peace group said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of repressive crackdowns on free speech.

The watchdog’s first annual global report also documents attacks on freedom of expression in Kenya, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia, Jordan, Ecuador and Burkina Faso.

Its founder, the French cartoonist Plantu — who set up the group a decade ago with former United Nations chief Kofi Annan — told AFP that his peers were in danger across the globe.

Cartoonists were the canary in the mineshaft, he said, “often the first to be threatened” by authoritarian governments.

“Finally for the last few days we in Europe are worrying about what has been happening in Venezuela,” added Plantu, whose work appears on Page One of the French daily Le Monde.

“For six years we have been trying to defend the cartoonist Rayma,” who was first targeted by Hugo Chavez and has since fled to Florida after being threatened by his successor, President Nicolas Maduro.

The report also highlights the case of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, who has been jailed since October with colleagues from the liberal daily Cumhuriyet on accusations of “collusion with a terrorist organisation”.

The newspaper incurred the wrath of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for running a story about a shipment of arms intercepted at the Syrian border, allegedly bound for Islamic extremists.

The report was also highly critical of Malaysia’s Sedition Act, which it said has been used to try to silence journalists.

It said the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been subject to nearly a decade of persecution, travel bans and harassment for his work criticising official corruption.

“Whether their cartoons concern politics, the economy, sports or religion, cartoonists are confronted with the same threats as journalists who cover sensitive subjects,” the group said in a statement.

Cartoonists are always on the front line, it said, the victims of “censorship, attacks, imprisonment, exile, disappearances and, in the worst cases, even murder.”

Last week the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders warned that the media has never been as threatened as it is now, undermined by increased surveillance and the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe.

  • KitteeK

    So the once mighty West grovels to dictators, squirms…….and dies. RIP freedom, strength and civilisation. Built on the blood of millions in sacrifice, now that sacrifice squandered by those whose right it isn’t to decide as unearned, and without a peep. Was great while it lasted, I was there !

  • Free speech and expression must never die. Sadly, some forms of liberalism are the greatest and most subtle threat to democracy today.

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    • Free Speech VS Hate Speech – Learn the Difference between Muslims & Jews:

      http://www.dailystormer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/heebdo.png

      Publishing cartoons mocking Moslems for the purpose of inciting them to commit random acts of violence? Go for it. We’ll even have marches to praise you.

      Posting political internet messages which may potentially hurt the feelings of a Jewish politician? You must go to
      prison.

      • Ichabod Crain

        “mocking Moslems for the purpose of inciting them to commit random acts of violence”

        Just consider that phrase for a moment. It sounds like you mean to say they are justified to commit violence if they feel insulted by a cartoon. If we mocked you, could we incite you to commit random acts of violence?

        The rest of your message doesn’t make any sense either. ASFAIK, nobody has ever gone to jail for political internet messages which may potentially hurt the feelings of a Jewish politician, especially in North America. In fact, there is actually a huge difference between how a Jewish people would react to being mocked in a cartoon and how Muslims would react. The Muslims would kill you. The Jews wouldn’t.

  • puzzle

    Those who consider ‘Freedom of press’ some kind of a noble, morally superior virtue, might want to think about this – Freedom of press, always , without qualification, without limitation, without any restriction, is based upon the premise that media is always the good guy .

    But what if the media is NOT the good guy?

    What then?

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Today, with social media, it is the easiest it ever has been to get a message across the planet in a few minutes, work with that.

  • Proud Jewish Journalist admits Hollywood is run by the Jews:
    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

    The last sentence of this article is very important, listen what the Jew has to say:

    “But I don’t care if Americans think we’re running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them.”

    Jewish Magazine admits that Hollywood is owned by Jews:
    http://www.dailystormer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Moment-magazine580.jpg

    This is the Cover of “Moment” in August 1996.

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