Thought up by the French cartoonist Plantu, Cartooning for Peace is an initiative born on 16 October 2006 at UN headquarters in New York. A two-day conference organised by Kofi Annan, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, brought together the twelve best-known political cartoonists in the world for "unlearning intolerance".
An exhibition was staged at the same time as the meeting.
A movement was born!
CARTOONISTS - FOOT SOLDIERS OF DEMOCRACY12 crazy, amazing and funny cartoonists from all around the world defend democracy at the risk of their lives. Directed by St√©phanie Valloatto, co-written and co-produced by Radu Mihaileanu, the film was presented at Cannes International Film Festival in May 2014‚Ä¶and will be released on DVD on December 2 ! !
Learning materials for use with primary and secondary schoolchildren accompany some of our exhibitions.
Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka will present his book “Deuxi√®me g√©n√©ration” on Thursday, November 20 at the¬†Geneva University of Art and Design at 8:00 p.m. This evening is organized by the Cercle Martin Buber and will be the occasion for presenting “Cartoonists – Foot soldiers of Democracy” and Cartooning for Peace missions and activities.
From November 6 to 16, the Forum des Images (Paris) organizes “A state of the world and cinema” 6th Festival.¬†The aim of the festival is to create a dialogue between the geopolitical world and cinema.
On this occasion, the Forum des Images interviewed filmmakers, journalists and researchers and produced a beautiful webdocumentary. Cartoonists Michel Kichka (Israel) and Plantu were invited to participate to this thought about the “state of the world”. Have a look at their testimonies here (in French).
At the beginning of November, French farmers were protesting against excessive controls and regulations imposed.
At the same time, “Le Paysan Breton” (an agriculture specialized magazine based in Bretagne) published Malo Louarn’s cartoon (enclosed) showing an inspector killed by a farmer with two policemen telling him : “We understood that you killed this European inspector, but you will have some troubles : you didn’t use European Standard weapons”.
Patrick Strzoda, the prefect of Bretagne, didn’t like the joke and recently sent a letter to the newspaper specifying that “the cartoon clearly incites violence against inspectors and is defamatory for the national police”.
The 4th edition of “Les Tribunes de la Presse” will be launched in Bordeaux (France) on Thursday November 6. The main topic of the meetings this year is the European Union : “To support or to criticize Europe?”.
On this occasion, a special screening of “Cartoonists – Foot soldiers of Democracy” is organized on Friday, November 7, at 8:30 p.m in the presence of one of the 12 Foot soldiers of Democracy : Michel Kichka (Israel).
One year ago, CFP cartoonists, shocked by the killing of journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali, reacted in cartoons to this inacceptable violence and intolerable attack on freedom of expression.
A year later, RFI publishes on its website a tribute to these two journalists, compiling cartoons and testimonies of their authors.
Have a look at the interactive slideshow.
Prominent Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart was recently sued by the President Erdogan for a cartoon published in Cumhuriyet on February 2014¬†: prosecutors were trying to sentenced him to 9 years in prison. The incriminated cartoon refers to a money laundering scandal was made public in December 2013, involving many people close to the government. Erdogan was suspected of having intentionally ignored this scandal.
Cartoon shows two thieves stealing money, one of them saying to the other one : “No worries, our guard is an hologram”. The guard is Erdogan.
Erdogan sued Musa Kart for insult and defamation. Cartoonist answered on court that he¬†‚Äú drew many caricatures during the corruption scandal, but not to insult anyone, just to portray the realities of the day. What we saw was injustice and lawlessness“, and ‚Äúhe feel like we are in a cartoon now. I must say it is quite funny that while all charges against the corruption suspects have been dropped, I am the only one here sitting as the accused.‚ÄĚ
Musa Kart was finally found not guilty, but Erdogan can still appeal.
Read more on Al Monitor :¬†Caricatures of Erdogan flood twitter
Have a look at our collection of ¬ę¬†Let me draw you a cartoon¬†¬Ľ pages, published in Le Monde Newspaper from January to December 2013 ! !En savoir plus
One of the spearheads of Cartooning for Peace is its involvement in the Near East. On several occasions Cartooning for Peace has hung up its hat and exposed cartoonists to opinions, confessions and diverging commitments; they have, however, known how to share a common goal without animosity.