It’s been a week of good news (for a change) in the world of cartooning.
On Monday we received news that jailed Iranian artist Atena Farghadani will be released in May. Atena was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year for a cartoon that depicted Iranian members of Parliament with the heads of animals. Her sentence was reduced to 18 months, the majority of which she has already served. We supported the campaign to free Atena with cartoons and by signing the letter that called for her release.
On Tuesday, Hadi Heidari, another Iranian cartoonist, was released. Had Heidari was arrested in November 2015 to serve a suspended sentence for a cartoon from 2012 that supposedly insulted Iran-Iraq War veterans.
Let's hope the good news continues!