Cartoon by Steve Benson, Arizona Republic
Cartoonists Rights Network International calls for nominations for their annual Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. Previous winners include Tony Namate from Zimbabwe, Zapiro from South Africa, and Zunar from Malaysia.
Every year CRNI gives this award to a political or social cartoonist who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the face of overwhelming threats while pursuing their Article 19 freedom of speech rights and the art of political cartooning. The award serves as a global recognition of and protection to cartoonists who are victims of illegal forms of intimidation and censorship.
Nominations will be accepted from June 1 to June 15, 2014.
Please send your nomination(s) to the Executive Director, Cartoonists Rights Network International at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The message line should read: 'Annual Award' and the email should contain a brief description of the threats made against the cartoonist and why you feel this person should receive the award. Your email must contain a way to communicate with either you and the cartoonist you are nominating.
CRNI Board of Directors will meet in early July to select a recipient, who will be invited to the award ceremonies in the city of San Francisco, California USA in October, 2014.
CRNI does not award nor make editorial comments about a particular cartoon. We award a cartoonist's courage in the face of great danger. At the same time, we do not defend cartoonists who produce cartoons that advocate violence, promote hate, or use racism as a weapon.