In March, we reported on the firing of Kenyan political cartoonist Gado from the Daily Nation. Gado fears his firing is the result of growing government suppression of press freedom in Kenya. Al Jazeera’s media watch program The Listening Post has done a feauture on Gado’s work, set within the current media landscape in Kenya. Well worth watching:
Omar Perez is a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer originally from Argentina, but residing in Spain since 1989. He has been publishing cartoons since 1980, and currently works mostly for Spanish newspapers. Check out his Facebook page to see more of his work.
RednBlackSalamander is a 25-year old cartoonist from the United States with a degree in Political Science. His cartoons give a far-left perspective on US and world politics. Check out his blog to see more of his work.
Mary Zins is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Tacoma, WA, in the United States. She has worked as a graphic artist for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and a graphic designer for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. See more of her work at maryzins.com.
Khalid Cherradi is a cartoonist from Tangier in Morocco. He studied linguistics and modern literature, but decided to pursue a career in cartooning. His work is published online and in print, in Morocco and abroad.
A photo of the award ceremony, www.irancartoon.com
There’s a line between thought-provoking, sharp, even controversial cartoons and cartoons that are simply propaganda, reinforcing prejudice and hatred. The line is not always clear to see, but sometimes it is, as in the case of the 2nd Holocaust International Cartoon & Caricature Exhibition 2016 organized in Iran.
Heavily sponsored by the Iranian government (although they deny this), this cartoon competition is no more than a propaganda tool in the hands of the regime. Although we’d rather not give attention to this, we do feel the need to state that this competition goes against everything we believe editorial cartoons should stand for. Cartoons should expose lies and combat prejudice, not reinforce them. It’s sad to see excellent drawing skills wasted on images that do not in any way contribute to a better world.
Here is the link to the gallery, which we share as an example to show what cartoon propaganda looks like; browse at your own peril.