Digital cartoon wall at WPFC2020

5) Niels Bo Bojesen - Denmark
Cartoon by Niels Bo Bojesen

On December 9 and 10, the World Press Freedom Conference 2020 (WPFC) will take place online and in The Hague, the Netherlands. The WPFC gathers journalists, media companies, human rights defenders, members of the judiciary, policymakers, academics, youth, NGOs and everyone who is interested in press freedom worldwide.

Journalists and cartoonists have faced increasing pressure in recent years; we published an emergency statement earlier this year. Especially now, in times of uncertainty (caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of terrorism), a free press is essential in helping us cope, understand and overcome the crisis. This makes it all the more necessary to come together to stand up for a free, independent press and the safety of journalists.

During the conference, and in the week before, Cartooning for Peace and Cartoon Movement invite you to share your own thoughts, ideas, comments, concerns, sketches or photos regarding press freedom and artistic freedom. Between December 2 and December 10, we'll be collecting the best comments and ideas, and giving them to our community of cartoonists to work into political cartoons about press freedom.

The results will be published on our project page. The best cartoons will also be used during the conference and be shared on social media. If your comment gets turned into a cartoon, you could win a high quality art print of that cartoon to hang on your wall!

So how can you share your thoughts, sketches, photos? Easy! Via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #digitalcartoonwall. Or just send an email to

Keyvan Varesi wins World Press Freedom cartoon competition

Award ceremonyKevan Varesi received the award certificate from Jaap Werner, the Dutch ambassador in Tehran.

Keyvan Varesi from Iran is the proud winner of the World Press Freedom Conference cartoon competition, organized by Cartoon Movement and Cartooning for Peace. He was rewarded with this certificate by the Netherlands Embassy in Iran today. To celebrate WPFC2020, this cartoon competition was launched in the beginning of the year. Cartoonist could submit cartoons about pressfreedom and journalism without fear or favour. Over 800 cartoons from all over the world were submitted, of which Keyvan’s cartoon is the winner.

1. Keyvan Varesi  - Iran [WINNER]


In addition to the winner, the jury selected an honorable mention to Jugoslav Vlahovic from Serbia:

2. Jugoslav Vlahovic - Serbia [HONORABLE MENTION]


A further 8 cartoons were slected to complete a top 10 that will be presented at the WPFC 2020:

3. Niels Bo Bojesen - DenmarkNiels Bo Bojesen - Denmark


4. Naji Benaji - MoroccoNaji Benaji - Morocco


5. Esmaeil Babaei - IranEsmaeil Babaei - Iran

6. Moro - CubaMORO - Cuba


7. Sherif Arafa - EgyptSherif Arafa - Egypt


8. Angel Boligan - MexicoAngel Boligan - Mexico


9. - Osama Hajjaj - JordanOsama Hajjaj - Jordan


10. Saeed Sadhegi - IranSaeed Sadhegi - Iran


These cartoons will be shown at an exhibition in the Sound and Vision Institute The Hague, a media museum that recently opened in the center of The Hague. The exhibition will open on December 8. If you are in The Hague, make sure to check it out! If not, you can always register for WPFC and visit the digital cartoon wall, an initiative of Cartoon Movement and Cartooning for Peace where cartoonists from all over the world will create cartoons about topics and sessions that are addressed during WPFC. Congratulations Keyvan!

Next week: new comics journalism

SampleFragment from Making ends meet around Virunga.

Next week, on Wednesday November 11, we will publish the second comic in our series of comics journalism about public authority in Africa, made together with the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. Making end meet around Virunga (artwork by Didier Kassai) tells the story of a family living next to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park guards are often hailed as heroes of environmental protection, but this family tells a different story.

The first comic in this series, about vigilante justice in Uganda, can be read here.