But will they draw Muhammad?

 

Another headline for the same above article was…

Cartoonists living dangerously as insecure regimes equate satire with sedition

Tellingly the cartoon selected to go with the article was neither controversial nor particularly dangerous.

Aseem Trivedi
Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has used his cartoons to campaign against corrupt politicians.

OPINION: Cartoons have always had the visual power to encapsulate an idea or an  ideology and, whether in Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union, they have been potent rallying points against repressive regimes.

In some parts of the world today it’s still a dangerous business to put pen or pencil to paper to cartoon or caricature a politician or political party.

Wait just one darn cotton picking minute. Haven’t you missed out the most dangerous cartoons or caricatures of all? Has the Charlie Hebdo massacre been forgotten so quickly? The most dangerous cartoon and caricature you can draw or publish in the world today is this guy!

The ” repressive regimes” that will kill you for drawing Muhammad are Islamic regimes and already in the supposedly free West, Media are avoiding drawing and publishing images critical of Islam or Muhammad out of fear.

ANM News: image
Winning Mohammed drawing by artist Bosch Fawstin

 

In New Zealand, on the other hand, the likeliest reaction to a particularly pointed cartoon about a cabinet minister’s foibles is for his or her press secretary to be on the phone wanting to buy the original.

Or in the case of our BoomSlang cartoon on child abuse, a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

Next week the NZ Cartoon Archive winds up its 25th year with Scottish cartoonist and caricaturist Terry Anderson presenting Cartoonists Living Dangerously at the National Library. Anderson is the Northern Europe board representative on Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), an organisation concerned about the human rights and freedom of expression of cartoonists whose livelihoods, liberty or life are threatened.


As Anderson says: “The attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in January 2015 focused the collective attention of the world on cartoonists and the tension that exists between the right to freedom of expression and the responsibilities that come with it.” He also points out that whenever cartoonists elsewhere are abused it is generally at the hands of agents of the state, not a terror group.

Finally, Charlie Hebdo is mentioned but strangely neither Islam nor Muhammad is mentioned and instead of coming out strongly in defence of the slaughtered cartoonists the writer takes the cowards way out by talking about “responsibilities” which is code for don’t upset Muslims you won’t like it when they are angry.

 – The Dominion Post

 


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