Exhibition: Repressive governments the world over fear cartoonists

Private view, charity sale

When: Tuesday 21 November 6-8pm
Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Tickets: Free. Registration required via [email protected]

Exhibition

When: 21 November to 1 December, Mon – Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun Closed
Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Tickets: Free.

Workshop

With Banx Cartoons and The Surreal McCoy
When: Saturday 25 November 2-4pm
Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Tickets: Free. Registration required via Eventbrite.

Cartoons and censorship 

A discussion with cartoonist Andy Davey, Jodie Ginsberg of Index on Censorship, Guardian and Index on Censorship magazine cartoonist Martin Rowson and via video link:  Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and Robert Russell, Cartoonists Rights Network International.
When: Tuesday 28 November 6-8pm
Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Tickets: Free. Registration required via Eventbrite.

Join the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’ OrganisationCartoonists’ Rights Network International and Index on Censorship – to try to bring the plight of persecuted cartoonists to the fore.

Repressive governments the world over fear cartoonists. Cartoonists get straight to the point.

Images remain in the public eye longer than do acres of type. While we in the UK and Europe generally accept often excoriating depictions of our leaders, this is definitely not the case in the rest of the world. Here, politicians actually applaud critical and often insulting drawings of themselves, sometimes even assembling personal collections thereof. Not so elsewhere. In at least one verified instance, a foreign cartoonist was visited by government agents and had his hands broken. Doubtless there are others.

Repressive governments, fearful of the truth, regularly imprison cartoonists.

This exhibition seeks to do that. Whilst it is not easy to highlight a repressive government’s treatment of any given cartoonist because that government will often react by threatening the cartoonist’s family and friends, any and all proceeds from this exhibition will go towards trying to alleviate the conditions many cartoonists the world over have to live with.

 

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One response to “Exhibition: Repressive governments the world over fear cartoonists”

  1. Gary Mcintosh says:

    Why are you focusing solely on regressive governments. It’s seems you have completely decided to ignore a certain religion who’s followers actually believe publishing cartoons that depicts thier prophet is blasphemy and punishable but death. Sadly this punishishment has been delivered in western democracies. Which begs belief why is is not worthy of a mention. I can only assume this criticism does not tie in your agenda and therfore is omitted from discussion. In which case your part of the problem creating censorship. Very sad.

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