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WPCSad news from one of the most prestigious cartoon awards. World Press Cartoon has put up a notice on their website that the 2014 edition is postponed due to budget problems.

World Press Cartoon has been around for nine years, and in that time has grown to be an international award of note, and arguably the most important award around for international political cartoonists. WPC was found by the famous Portuguese Antonio Antunes, and has taken place in Sintra, Portugal, since its inception.

The municipal government of Sintra has been one of the main sponsors of the event, but that sponsorship is now in danger, as a newly elected government has not yet decided whether it will continue to sponsor WPC in the future.

Here at Cartoon Movement we think very highly of World Press Cartoon, and we very much hope it will be around for many years to come. If you want to help secure the future of WPC, consider sending a protest letter to the mayor of Sintra. Below is a template letter we found on the blog of Canadian cartoonist Bado (Portuguese version available on the blog of Rafaella Spinazzi):

The Honorable Basilio Horta
Mayor of Sintra, Portugal
Mr. Horta:

The Sintra World Press Cartoon Annual Salon is internationally recognized as the most important event of the World Press Cartoon organization. Until last year the city of Sintra had supported the celebration of this great event, which promotes not only the best works of world cartoonists, but places your city as an international cultural center as well.

We have learned in disbelief that you have decided to withdraw Sintra´s support to the realization of this important event, precisely when it is organizing its tenth edition and has already received hundreds of works from all over the world.

We invite you to reconsider your decision for the sake of art and culture. A prestigious event as the World Press Cartoon Salon deserves to receive the support from your office once again. That would be the right decision to make for the cultural enrichment of both Sintra and Portugal.

Send the letter to:

Sr. Basílio Horta
Alcalde de Sintra
Largo Dr. Virgílio Horta
2714-501 Sintra, Portugal
Tel: 00 351 219 238 500
Fax: 00 351 219 238 657
Email: presidencia@cm-sintra.pt

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