Cartooning is the art of danger, says Iranian cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani. For one thing, because it is a tool for addressing tough subjects. But also because where there is no freedom of expression, cartoonists themselves are at risk. Where the cartoonist is not free to criticise, says Ramezani, there can be no secure society.
Kianoush Ramezani has lived in France since 2009 as a political refugee. He fled Iran because of his involvement in Cartoonists' Rights Network International and the Green Movement, which led the surge of anti-government protest after the 2009 presidential election. The regime countered with a wave of raids and arrests. As founder of Iran’s first independent cartoonists’ association in defiance of the pro-government cartooning mainstream, Ramezani found that even fellow cartoonists had become his enemies.
This is not the fist time we are cooperating with TEDxHagueAcadamy. For the previous edition (on peace, justice and human rights), we asked our cartoonists to visualize the different talks. You can see the result here.