The ever more dangerous profession of cartoonist

first_imgNews —- FERZAT (Syria) Organisation Political caricature is a well established tradition in Turkey, as is persecuting cartoonists. Musa Kart, a well-known cartoonist employed by the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet (Republic), was charged with “insulting” then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a February 2014 cartoon suggesting he was involved in the alleged money-laundering that led to the departure of four ministers. Although a prosecutor initially dismissed the case, the all-powerful Erdogan managed to have new charges of “insult,” “violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation” and criminal defamation brought against Kart, who was facing the possibility of several years in prison. British cartoonist Martin Rowson responded by launching a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #ErdoganCaricature that called on cartoonists worldwide to satirize Erdogan in solidarity with Kart. After the campaign quickly went viral, an Istanbul criminal court finally acquitted Kart in October 2014. But Erdogan has appealed, reviving the case yet again. Regardless of international law, political, religious, business and military leaders and non-state groups often prove unable to tolerate criticism and derision. Censorship, dismissal, death threats, judicial harassment, physical violence and, in the gravest cases, murder are what an increasingly exposed profession faces. Reporters Without Borders has looked at the cases of eight cartoonists who have been persecuted in connection with their work. The shootings on 7 January in Paris and 14 February in Copenhagen showed the extent to which cartoonists are now the targets of extremist movements. In other parts of the world, it is often governments that try to silence them, using the law or violence. Reporters Without Borders is spotlighting eight cartoonists who are being threatened or persecuted because of their work. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says freedom of expression may be restricted to ensure “respect of the rights or reputations of others” or “the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals,” but these restrictions must be proportionate in order not to violate the right to information.At the same time, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression has stressed that the right to free speech includes the expression of opinions that “offend, shock or disturb.” —- ZUNAR (Malaysia) March 6, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The ever more dangerous profession of cartoonist —- PRAGEETH (Sri Lanka) Help by sharing this information Ali Dilem, who works for the Algerian daily Liberté and French TV channel TV5 Monde’s Kiosque programme, knows only too well that it’s not easy being a cartoonist in Algeria. He has been the target of death threats by Islamist groups and judicial harassment for years. He has had frequent spells in police custody and has received suspended jail sentences on criminal defamation charges. In 2001, he had the regrettable privilege of seeing his named used to label a series of amendments to the criminal code providing for sentences of up to a year in prison for journalists. But he has never let up and has received a score of international prizes including the Press Freedom Trophy from the Limousin Press Club and Reporters Without Borders in 2005. France’s culture ministry honoured him with the title of Chevalier for outstanding achievements in the arts in October 2010. —- VILKS (Sweden)center_img —- KART (Turkey) A book of cartoons by Malaysia’s Zunar (Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque) was banned and his home was searched in 2010 in the first of many acts of judicial harassment. He said he just wanted to use his social and political cartoons to help people to “understand the news” but he was accused of sedition and he began a long legal battle to stop the government from censoring his work – a battle that is far from over. Malaysia’s electoral commission banned all cartoons during the campaign for parliamentary elections in 2012 in an attempt to head off criticism by him and others. Since his conviction in July 2012, he can no longer hold an exhibition in his own country. In the latest twist, the police raided his Kuala Lumpur office on 28 Janary without showing a warrant, confiscated hundreds of his books and interrogated his staff. Sri Lankan political analyst and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda has not been since since leaving his office to go home on the evening of 24 January 2010. He had told a close friend he thought he had been followed for the past several days. A week before his disappearance, he wrote a long article comparing the two leading presidential candidates and voicing a preference for the opposition one. For the next two months, the police showed no interest in finding him alive and provided the family with no significant information. Worse still, government ministers made contradictory statements and created confusion about the circumstances of his disappearance. The president’s brother, defence minister Gotabhaya Rajpaksa, went so far as to suggest in an interview: “Eknaligoda staged his own disappearance.” On the third anniversary of his disappearance, Reporters Without Borders and Cartooning for Peace launched an international campaign entitled “Where is Prageeth?” —- DILEM (Algeria) —- TRIVEDI (India) Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi began participating in the anti-corruption movement in 2011, launching a site called “Cartoons against Corruption.” After showing his work at an anti-corruption meeting, he was arrested in September 2012 on sedition charges for parodying India’s national symbols and spent several days in prison. The same year, he and Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat received Cartoonists Rights Network International’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award. Trivedi then took a two-year break from cartooning which he ended after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, publishing a cartoon strip entitled “Because” that showed the Prophet Mohamed. He said he did so because of the importance of overcoming the fear felt by all cartoonists after the massacre. Facebook removed it and then reinstated it. He has also launched a “Cartoon Against Every Lash” campaign in support of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison, and is planning to launch a satirical weekly about society, politics and religion with the work of several Indian cartoonists. Its first issue will be dedicated to Charlie Hebdo. —- BONIL (Ecuador) It’s tough being a cartoonist in Ecuador, where freedom of information is under attack a year after adoption of the Organic Communication Law (LOC). The Office of the Superintendent of Communication (Supercom), an entity created by the LOC, has repeatedly censored Xavier Bonilla, a cartoonist known as Bonil. Supercom decided in February 2014 that a cartoon criticizing a police raid on a journalist’s home had “defamed” the government and ordered Bonil to publish a correction. It also ordered his newspaper, El Universo, to pay a fine of 90,000 dollars. Supercom was back on the offensive in early 2015. This time it accused Bonil of “socio-economic discrimination” in a cartoon mocking the limited oratorial skills of Agustín Delgado, an Afro-Ecuadorian ruling party representative who used to be a footballer. On Supercom’s orders, El Universo apologized to the country’s Afro-Ecuadorian community. Bonil got a written reprimand that told him to “correct his practices” and not cause further offence. Ferzat in Syria, Dilem in Algeria, Vilks in Sweden, Zunar in Malaysia, Prageeth in Sri Lanka, Bonil in Ecuador, Kart in Turkey and Trivedi in India ­– all of these cartoonists have been threatened. Some have been targeted by radical groups, others by govenments that have tried to silence them by means of arrest and prosecution. Some are under both kinds of threat. Armed intelligence officers kidnapped cartoonist Ali Ferzat in Damascus on 25 August 2011. He had been critical of the Baath Party and President Bashal Al-Assad for years but, after the start of the Syrian uprising, his cartoons had become bolder and had drawn attention to the regime’s mass murders. His abductors handed him over to government militimen who crushed his left hand, the one he uses to draw, and used cigarettes to burn his skin all over his body. They finally dumped him at a roadside a few hours later with a bag over his head. Aged 64, he now lives in exile in Kuwait, where he continues to work. He was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Expression in 2011. Sweden’s Lars Vilks became known throughout the world after his Mohamed cartoons were published in 2007. Al-Qaeda issued an appeal to “shed the blood of this Lars who dared to insult our Prophet,” offering 100,000 dollars for his murder, 50,000 dollars for the murder of Ulf Johansson, the first newspaper editor to publish one of the cartoons, and another 50,000 dollars if Vilks was “slaughtered like a lamb.” The police protection he has received since 2010 was stepped up after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. A 50-year-old American woman convert to Islam who called herself “Jihad Jane” was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2014 for her role in a 2009 plot to kill him. Vilks was one of the presumed targets of the attack on the conference held in Copenhagen on 14 February 2015 to pay tribute to the Charlie Hebdo victims. RSF_en last_img read more

Hvar Tourist Boards have united! Signed an agreement on the separation of local tourist boards in the area of ​​the island of Hvar

first_imgWith this agreement, the current tourist boards, which include the Tourist Boards of Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sucuraj and Vrbovska, will develop joint projects and programs and implement joint promotional and marketing activities, and jointly develop and promote the entire island of Hvar.  An agreement on the association of local tourist boards in the area of ​​the island of Hvar was signed in the town of Hvar today. Hvar Tourist Board – Wow how nice it sounds. Finally, because the synergy and branding of regions, and especially islands, is the only logical one, and not that there are x tourist communities on one island that do not cooperate and each develops its own tourism. Crazy and counter productive. The signing of the agreement was also attended by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who pointed out that today the foundations for mutual cooperation have been laid and the beginning of a new story for the entire island of Hvar. “With this agreement, the island of Hvar becomes a complete story in terms of tourism, a tourist destination that can be better developed and promoted under one name and brand. This agreement is an example of what we wanted through our legislative changes, to encourage the association of destinations that work together to have a much better position in the market and develop projects that will stimulate overall economic development. Numerous synergy effects should result from this, not only in the quality of market performance in the entire area, but also in the much-needed cost efficiency in the field of project promotion and implementation.. ” pointed out Minister Cappelli during the signing of the agreement.  According to data from the eVisitor system, the island of Hvar was visited by 338.000 guest tourists last year, who spent 1,7 million nights. Guests from Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland and the United States spent the most nights.  Do you want market development or the status quo and stagnation? That’s the only question you have to ask yourself. If you want to move forward, then synergy and association is the only right path. There is no alternative. It should be reminded that with the adoption of the package of tourist laws in the Croatian Parliament this year, ie the Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism, the Law on Membership in Tourist Boards and the Law on Tourist Tax, financial instruments were introduced (Fund for Underdeveloped Tourism and Continent and united tourist boards) which enable more transparent financing of both regional and local tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas and encourage the association of tourist boards.  This is news that should have been published at least 10 years ago, but better late than never. I hope that this move will encourage other islands (Rab, Krk, Brač, etc. da) to understand that only with synergy and one brand can they move forward. It has nothing to do with politics, but exclusively with market development. News of the year! Incredibly! Finally! Unreal! Synergy is possible! – so we could put the title (that we are a click byte medium), but in this case the news that the tourist boards on the island of Hvar have joined can certainly bear the aforementioned epithets. The signing of the Agreement on Association of Local Tourist Boards of the Island of Hvar was attended by the President of the Hvar Tourist Board Rikardo Novak, President of the Old Town Tourist Board Antonio Škarpa, President of the Jelsa and Vrboska Tourist Board Nikša Peronja and President of the Sućuraj Tourist Board Ivan Slavić. and signed a joint agreement, last_img read more

City trio laid low by illness

first_imgSergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri were sent home ill as Manchester City suffered a minor fitness scare ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season. But the problems are not thought to be serious and all three are expected to return to training ahead of next Monday’s Barclays Premier League opener at West Brom. Aguero sent a video message to the supporters at Wednesday’s event saying: “Sorry I can’t be there, I don’t feel well. I will be back soon.” Aguero, City’s top scorer last season with 32 goals from 41 appearances, might not be a definite starter at The Hawthorns anyway after returning late to training following his involvement in the Copa America. Manager Manuel Pellegrini last year eased the 27-year-old back into action after his World Cup exploits with Argentina. He started the first two league games on the bench and Pellegrini could adopt a similarly cautious approach this term with his prize asset, who has a history of muscle injury problems. New midfield signing Fabian Delph is doubtful for the opener after suffering a hamstring injury just 18 minutes into his debut in the pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in Melbourne a fortnight ago. Delph, who initially rejected a move to City before signing in an £8million deal, gave an upbeat update on his condition at City Live. The 25-year-old said: “Not the best debut but things can only get better from there. I’m feeling great now. The recovery is going well. We’ve got a great medical team here and I’m flying at the minute, so I am looking forward to coming back.” Captain Vincent Kompany also delivered an optimistic message to an audience of around 3,000 fans at the Manchester Central exhibition centre. City are hoping to reclaim the title after surrendering the crown to Chelsea last term. Kompany said: “The squad has been working really hard and you can tell we have improved. In training the level has increased. There have been a lot of hard sessions. We are going to go to the wire and be ready for the new season. It has to be a good one for us. “This club has to grow always. The future has to be bright. With this team we will keep improving and this club will keep growing, and we will be on top.” The trio complained of stomach bugs during training on Wednesday and were told to go home by a club doctor. That meant they were also unable to attend the club’s ‘City Live’ season launch party, where Aguero was due to pick up the 2014-15 player of the year award, in central Manchester in the evening. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more