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Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi will awarded by “Courage In Editorial Cartooning"

News Helpline | May, 12 2012

The organization Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), announced the winners of the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award as decided by a unanimous vote of the CRNI Board of Directors. The winners are Ali Ferzat, from Syria, and Aseem Trivedi, from India. CRNI, the only international organization exclusively devoted to defending the human rights of cartoonists imperiled because of their work, will hold the award ceremony during the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) on September 15.

Aseeem Trivedi is a political cartoonist and his cartoons are based on corruption in the country which made an immense effect. His website was banned by police and Maharashtra’s Beed District Court filed a case of disloyalty to country against him. Aseem got threats but he raised his voice and has launched an online freedom of expression campaign called Save Your Voice: A Movement Against Web Censorship with his mates. His efforts paid off, debates and protests began in all over the country. After that Rajyasabha MP P.Rajiv brought Anlment Motion to remove the IT Act.

CRNI, a free speech and human rights organization with affiliate organizations around the world, conducts workshops on emerging freedom of expression issues.  Their programs include actions to reduce violence against cartoon journalists, and, workshops to educate the public about the essential role of editorial cartoonists in the democratic process.

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