“I’ve had death threats because of cartoons I’ve done”

I’ve had death threats for a word I used.

The world is full of people scared of freedom, and it has to be shut down by force. ?At the soft end, our own Labour and Green parties who are about banning, legislating and boycotts.

At the other end, ferals, criminals and terrorists.


Dave Brown, The Independent


Writes the cartoonist for The Independent

As a cartoonist, I often have to come up with a take on unpleasant events, but I don?t think I?ve ever been confronted with anything quite like the murders at Charlie Hebdo ? people being killed for doing exactly the job that I do.

Generally I?m thinking, ?How do I make something funny??. But when something horrific like this happens, a belly laugh isn?t what you’re looking for. Tragic stories can be quite difficult. So you have to analyse what exactly your response is and what you want to say.

Drawing it was quite an emotional experience. If I had known any of the Charlie Hebdo team personally it would have been even harder. But what drives you as a cartoonist is being angry at events, and being angry with things you see as ridiculous, wrong-headed, venal, evil.

I hesitate to call satire a weapon, but it is definitely a thing these people detest. They don’t have a rational argument, and responding to something as immediate as visual satire is beyond them. It has a power which they can’t match, so their only answer is to close it down by whatever means. And that’s always been the case with fascists and extremists across the ages. Being mocked is too much for them to take. So we need to find a way carry on doing it and carry on laughing at them.

– Dave Brown

The freedoms we take for granted are under attack.

Constant attack.

And they come from the most unexpected places. ?Through boycotts, blocks, censorship, legal action… anything but open and direct debate.

What we say has a truth to it that can not be argued with. ?So it is to be deemed offensive. ?This is the mechanism by which it has to be to shut down. ?To protect people from ideas.

What happened in Paris and what happens in New Zealand are thankfully a universe apart. ?But beware the people that seek to limit your freedoms. ?These are the same people that get upset when the government wants to spy on criminals, but in the next breath will want to boycott, tax or ban your access to information or products that aren’t deemed to be good for you.

Freedom offends.

Truth offends.


– The Independent