For the second year running Cartoonists Rights Network International has assisted in the effort to bring together cartoonists, the organisations that represent them and experts from affiliated fields together for a working day where best practice can be shared and the future of our profession and art form discussed, all as we make efforts to persevere through unprecedented hostility from authoritarian regimes and dwindling interest from increasingly risk-averse and cash-strapped news media. Read the article in full.
After twenty years at the helm CRNI’s founder and director Dr Robert Russell steps down from leadership of the organisation. “Bro” Russell’s lifelong commitment to human rights and dignity began as a Peace Corps volunteer in the sixties. He went on to spend over two decades in Africa and Asia as a consultant in institutional development and humanitarian assistance. In 2012 the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) presented him with their Ink Bottle Award for an outstanding contribution to the profession of editorial cartooning. Tributes have been paid once in the same setting this weekend as the retirement of CRNI’s founder and long-serving director was announced at the AAEC convention in Columbus, OH.
In recognition of his bold defiance and courageous decision to remove the literal mask of anonymity under which he has worked for a decade, Cartoonists Rights Network International bestows its award for 2019 to the Chinese dissident, campaigner and visual artist Badiucao. Read the article in full.
Cartoonists Rights Network International continues to monitor the loss of cartoonists from media outlets around the world
Cartoonists around the world continue to be subjected to censorship, imprisonment, violence, threats, harassment and, in the worst cases, even death. Although a small organisation, Cartoonists Rights Network International has had a big impact on challenging threats and abuses against editorial cartoonists worldwide.
Since winning the 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning in April, CRNI has, among other things, been monitoring the situation with Badiucao, a Chinese dissident cartoonist living in exile in Australia who this year revealed his identity after years of anonymity, Terry Anderson, deputy executive director of CRNI, tells Index.
The Index award has so far helped the organisation raise its profile, as well as putting them in contact with allies. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”4″ element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1565342514848-bfb45a07-da03-0″ taxonomies=”30547″][/vc_column][/vc_row]