S.M.J. Taheri is a cartoonist from Iran. He has been working as a cartoonist for eight years and his work is published in various magazines and on websites in Iran.
Hayfaa Chalabi is a visual communicator and cartoonist originally from Iraq, now based based in Sweden. She is a beginning cartoonist, but her work shows much promise, and we’re very happy to welcome her to our community.
Movies that Matter is a festival of films about human rights taking place between March 24 and April 1 in The Hague, the Netherlands. One of the movies programmed at the festival is Tickling Giants, a documentary about Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian John Stewart, and his satirical TV show simply called ‘The Show’. The Show mocked Egyptian leadership and managed to draw an audience of 30 million viewers per show across the Arab World.
The Egyptian cartoonist Andeel was part of the production team of the show. The show was forced to stop in 2014, because the team felt it was no longer safe to make satire. Presenter Bassem Youssef fled to the United Sates, but Andeel is still in Egypt making cartoons.
Andeel is a guest at the Movies that Matter festival. On March 28, there will be a Q&A with Andeel, Sara Taksler (the director of Tickling Giants) and Cartoon Movement editor-in-chief Tjeerd Royaards. Check out the trailer of the film below:
We are wrapping up our partnership with the Justice and Security Research Programme (a research consortium lead by the London School of Economics) with two comics about issues of justice and security in northern Uganda. The aim of these comics is to translate LSE research into more accessible narratives that explore and question the concept of justice.
One comic, eight pages written by Lacan and drawn by Tom Humberstone, explores the problem of land conflicts. After decades of war, the displaced Acholi people return to their lands, but conflicts emerge as there are no written records and the lands have changed in intervening years.
The other comic, by Holly Porter (words) and Victor Ndula (art) tells an even more dramatic tale. The comic tells the stories of two rape victims and (extreme) difference in achieving justice afterwards.
The Festival of Europe brings together 20,000 people each year in May in Ile de Loisirs de Bois-le-Roi, a municipality just south of Paris, France. The festival aims to raise awareness about Europe and European issues though debates, art, comedy, lectures, exhibitions and performances.
Cartoon Movement will be present at the 6th edition which will take place on 26 & 27 May, 2017.
In addition to an exhibition of cartoons about European issues, 10 of our cartoonists from all over Europe will participate in the festival:
Gatis Sluka from Latvia.
Dino from Greece/Belgium.
Ant from the UK/Spain.
Emanuele Del Rosso from Italy.
Kianoush Ramezani from Iran/France.
Trayko Popov from Bulgaria.
Ivailo Tsvetkov from Bulgaria.
Niels Bo Bojesen from Denmark.
Marilena Nardi from Italy.
Tjeerd Royaards from the Netherlands.
Our artists will draw live during debates, compete with each other in sketch battles, and collaborate on large sized cartoonist that will be created at the festival. The festival is free, so if you are in the Paris region in May, we’d love to see you.
Eaten Fish is the pen name of a 24-year old Iranian cartoonist currently interned in the notorious Manus Island immigration detention camp in Papua New Guinea. The camp is funded and overseen by the government of Australia. He is the recipient of the 2016 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award. In September 2016, we launched a newsroom to produce cartoons in support of a campaign by Australian cartoonists to urge the Australian government to release Eaten Fish.
Unfortunately, he has yet to be released. Yesterday, the alarming news reached us that Eaten Fish is now on hunger strike. See the press release from Cartoonists Rights Network International below for more details.
Cartoon by Antonio Rodriguez.
Eaten Fish has been on a hunger strike for 6 days now and weighs 48 kilos. It has been well documented in the press that Eaten Fish suffers from debilitating mental health issues. He has also been the victim of sexual assault, chronic sexual harassment and abuse within Australia’s immigration prison camp on Manus Island for the past 3 and a half years.
Due to his extremely fragile mental health and ongoing sexual harassment, Eaten fish has been held in the Special Supported Accommodation compound [also referred to as VSRA] for the past 8 months.
In a document from PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority dated 29th of January 2017, it is stated that ABF have spoken to Eaten Fish and told him that his allegations of sexual assault and abuse have not been substantiated and that he will be returned to the compound and that PNG ICSA. Worryingly it also states that they will not negotiate with Eaten Fish on any grounds. It is this that has forced Mr Fish’s actions.
In an urgent letter to Australian Border Force Chief Medical Officer Dr John Brayley dated 2nd February 2017, Dr Sue Ditchfield writes: ‘Bizarelly he [Eaten Fish] was expected to prove the assaults to the satisfaction of PNG authorities. He was unwilling to identify his assailants because of his fear of retribution and of course any assaults take place well away from the compound guards’. Further those authorities Eaten Fish was to prove the assaults to were the same authorities who had assaulted him late in 2016.
In a letter to CMO Brayley Janet Galbraith writes: ‘ At the beginning of the hunger strike he [Eaten Fish] only weighed 53 kilos and he has already lost a substantial amount of weight. He reports to me today that he is shaky, weak, has a lot of body pain, no longer feels hunger, is losing his memory and his heart is beating fast. He says he can no longer shower.’
‘I cannot suffer anymore. I know now that I will have to die because I cannot suffer anymore’, Mr Fish told Ms Galbraith.
When asked by authorities within the prison camp what he wished to accomplish through his hunger strike Mr Fish said: ‘Something happens with hunger strike and I think you know what that is. I will die and this will all finish’.
Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) write: ‘It is with profound alarm and sadness that [we] learn that our friend and colleague, cartoonist Mr. Eaten Fish, currently held in an Australian refugee rendition camp in Papua New Guinea has decided to undertake a hunger strike... He is a man who has given up hope, cannot struggle any longer, cannot face the future that is being forced on him, and he would rather die than submit to the indignities of further inhuman treatment.’
The Australian government has been petitioned many times both from within Australia and internationally asking that Eaten Fish be brought to Australia for medical treatment.
Dr Ditchfield says, ‘I urge you to be pro-active in transferring this critically ill young man to Australia. I have no doubt that failure to do this will lead to yet another death of an Asylum Seeker on Manus Island’.