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Tjeerd Royaards Wins Dutch Cartoon Award

CM editor and cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards has won the Inktspotprijs, a prestigious cartoon award in the Netherlands given to the best cartoon published in the previous year ('Inktspot' is a pun on the Dutch words for ink (inkt) and mockery (spot)). The award was given to Royaards for Good Migrant, Bad Migrant a cartoon that was first published on Cartoon Movement. The cartoon, about the French illegal migrant that saved a child, went viral last May.


A section of the 100 best Dutch cartoons, including the winning cartoon, can be seen in an exhibition that is simultaneously showing on three locations in the Netherlands: the central library in The Hague, the main library in Amsterdam, and the Limburgs Museum.

The exhibition also features work from CM contributors Jean Gouders, Benjamin Kikkert, Emanuele Del Rosso, Moshe Gilula, Gezienus, Hajo, TRIK, Maarten Wolterink and Bart van Leeuwen.

If you can’t take it to one of the exhibition, the selection of 100 cartoons can also be viewed in an online catalogue here.

New Cartoonist: Camdelafu

Camila de la Fuente

Camila de la Fuente, known as @Camdelafu, is a Venezuelan/German journalist & cartoonist who lives in Mexico City. She has lived most of her life in Venezuela under the Chavista-Madurista dictatorship. During that time she got involved in the Student Movement that led most of the street protests that were violently repressed by the regime with hundreds of dead, wounded and imprisoned protesters. In 2014 she migrated to Mexico both for working opportunities and security. Her work is recognized for using animated political cartoons (gif) as a way of expression, in addition to static editorial cartoons. She's Cartónclub’s (Latin American cartoon agency) Communications Director. Visit her website here.

Lector in Fabula - European Cultural Festival

Ph. Francesco Paolo GassiWe spent the weekend in Conversano, a town in southern Italy that hosts Lector in Fabula, an annual European cultural festival. Leading up to the festival, Librexpression, an organization dedicated to cartoons and freedom of speech, organized a cartoon contest with the theme power and information in the digital age. First prize was awarded to Nikola Listes from Croatia, and we're proud that second and third prize went to two of our members, Emanuele Del Rosso and Fadi Abou Hassan respectively.

In addition to the award ceremony, the festival also featured a cartoon exhibition of the best cartoons sent in for this exhibition and a panel discussing last year's news through satire, featuring Marco De Angelis from Italy, Tjeerd Royaards from the Netherlands and Doaa Eladl from Egypt.

(Photo by Francesco Paolo Gassi)


The winning cartoons



1st prize - Nikola Listes



2nd prize - Emanuele Del Rosso



3rd prize - Fadi Abou Hassan


Visit the website of Librexpression to see the 15 best cartoons, as selected by the jury. Here are some additional photos of the festival:


Panel discussion with Doaa Eladl, Marco De Angelis and Tjeerd Royaards. Photo by Mimmo Donghia.


Ph. Antonio Giancaspro

Cartoon exhibition. Photo by Antonio Giancaspro.



The award ceremony.



Fadi Abou Hassan from Norway.


Ph. Mattia Ramunni

Doaa Eladl from Egypt. Photo by Mattia Ramunni.

Pedro Molina Wins Courage in Cartooning Award

Nicaraguan cartoonist and Cartoon Movement member Pedro X. Molina has won this year’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award.


From the website of CRNI:

Pedro X. Molina of Nicaragua is a long-standing proponent of freedom of expression and a tireless ally of cartoonists in trouble elsewhere. Of late he has had cause to chronicle the deteriorating condition of society under President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo. As citizens took to the streets to protest, in Molina’s own words, “several years of suffering electoral frauds, selective repression, attempts to censor the internet, mismanagement of environmental disasters and the enactment of a social security law that curtails the rights of current and future pensioners” the Nicaraguan government has embarked upon increasingly brutal crack-downs.

Human rights groups’ reports differ on the scale but it is apparent several hundred have died in the violence. Despite all the unrest and direct threats and attempts at intimidation by masked paramilitaries working for the regime, Molina has continued to produce hard-hitting cartoons confronting the abuses of the Nicaraguan government. The CRNI board feels that Pedro exemplifies exactly the courageous kind of cartoonist we wish to honor with our award.

The decision to recognize Molina this year is further evidence of the lurch toward authoritarianism that has gripped nations around the world and fits the pattern of cartoonists reporting – along with their colleagues across all mass media – an increasingly hostile environment to journalism and satire.




United Nations Human Rights Cartoon Project

70_Years_UDHR_LOGO_E-02 copyThis year, the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). To celebrate this, we have partnered with the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and invited cartoonists around the world to illustrate the 30 articles of the UDHR.

We have received over 500 cartoons. Out of all these submissions, we have selected two cartoons per article. We now invite you to vote for your favorite(s) per article in our official selection newsroom.

The cartoons that illustrate the 30 articles best will be shown in an exhibition to celebrate 70 years of human rights.

To vote, you will need to register (it's free, and we do not use your email or other data for any other purposes). The voting period will last until October 20th.


UN project

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Cartoonists have fallen victim to Facebook moderation (or in stronger terms: censorship) more and more in recent months. Here are two (1,2) recent examples of cartoons that were removed from Facebook, probably because they include symbols that refer to Nazi Germany.

Even more serious is a recent cartoon by Thai cartoonist Stephff about Myanmar and the Rohingya that was deleted by Facebook. In this instance the most likely scenario is that the cartoon was removed because it was reported by someone who did not agree with the opinion stated in the cartoon. This does beg the question: did this cartoon cross a line (by showing graphic violence), or is this a case of censorship by Facebook, removing critical journalistic content? We think the latter. Stephff has written an open letter to Facebook, which was also published by Thai newspaper The Nation:

Rohingya tragedy

 I have been a daily political cartoonist since 20 years now . On Thursday evening I received a notice from Facebook that I have violated Facebook rules by publishing on my Facebook page 'Stephff Tribal Art' the cartoon above , therefore it was suppressed and I am asked to comply with 'Facebook rules' or else.

There was no possibility to argue - no button I could press to defend myself against this serious misunderstanding . What are these 'Facebook rules' exactly? That we cannot complain about a genocide in the making because some ultranationalist, xenophobic Burmese netizens have complained to Facebook? What about those same netizens who are spreading a campaign of hatred against the Rohingyas with the help of their compatriot cartoonists? What about all these racist Burmese people who have come to insult me on my page each time I have published a cartoon about the Rohingya tragedy?

What is exactly Facebook's policy? To stop the people who try to bring some substantial fight against bad things happening in this World and allow only people who publish pictures of their lunch?

Why don't you employ real people with a brain to judge if a cartoon is racist or if - on contrary - it fights against racism. Because apparently your stupid algorithms are far from being able to tell the difference. I can't believe you are siding with the very same people who are supporting the oppression and killings of the Rohingya people. Is this the 'better World' Facebook is trying to build where we cannot criticize harshly a genocide in the making?