As the year nears it's end, and most of us are hoping for a Trump and corona-free 2021, we have one more big project lined up for December, which you can read about in our November newsletter, out today! If you would like to receive a monthly news update from us, do subscribe!
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 email@example.com
Ilya Katz was born in Bishkek, Kirgyzstan, but has lived in Haifa, Israel, since 1992. Currently he works as a freelance cartoonist and designer. His cartoons have published in many newspapers and magazines. He has won around 100 awards for his work.
Ridha Ridha is an artist and cartoonist born in Iraq, living in Germany since 1982. His cartoons have been published in newspapers in Germany and around the world.
Javier Fernando Rodriguez (pen name El Niño Rodríguez) has been a cartoonist since he was 15. He lives in Buenos Aires and works for Clarín, the biggest local newspaper. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
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.
In addition to the winner, the jury selected an honorable mention to Jugoslav Vlahovic from Serbia:
A further 8 cartoons were slected to complete a top 10 that will be presented at the WPFC 2020:
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!
Noah is a freelance graphic designer from the United States who recently branched out into political cartooning.
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.
António Santos (pen name Santiagu) is a cartoonist from Portugal. He draws cartoons for Flor do Tâmega, a newspaper published in his hometown Amarante, a city near Porto.
Cartoon by Tjeerd Royaards
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