CRNI and cartoonists under threat
- Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
5.30 - 6.30pm
Free. Booking is required.
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) is a charitable organisation working in defence of the human rights and freedom of expression of cartoonists whose livelihoods, liberty or life are threatened.
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. The atrocity remains a notorious and exceptional incident. Whenever cartoonists elsewhere are abused it is generally at the hands of agents of the state, not a terror group.
Across the globe we see a hardening of attitudes toward critical voices as regimes with an insecure grasp on power take waves of terrorism, civil war or mass unrest as an opportunity to conflate satire with sedition and use the most punitive measures to counter mockery. This talk will focus on a handful of key cases, cartoonists whose plight is of particular concern to CRNI, and explore why those working in more liberal democracies cannot be complacent.
About the speaker
Terry Anderson sits on CRNI’s board of directors and is their representative in Northern Europe.
He is a professional cartoonist in his own right who contributed to The Glasgow Herald for 15 years. Also a past president of the Scottish Artists Union, the representative body for all visual artists in the country, and co-ordinator at the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio whose Fizzers caricatures where the subject of a decade retrospective at the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow in 2016/17. In 2014 he curated an international exhibition about the Scottish independence referendum – The Auld Acquaintance – iterations of which were shown in six venues around Europe including the Scottish Parliament and The Guardian newspaper’s offices in London. A former student of the The Joe Kubert School of Cartooning in New Jersey, he’s a member of the UK’s Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation (PCO) and the Cartoon Movement.