As it does every year, Cartooning for Peace is taking part – in partnership with the Council of Europe and the City of Strasbourg – in the World Forum for Democracy, organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 6 to 8 November 2023.
The theme of this 11th edition is “Democracy = Peace?”. With the return of war to the European continent, the European and international communities immediately expressed concern about the future of democracy and the need for a return to peace. At a time when democracy is under attack, the World Forum for Democracy, a unique platform for decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to the challenges ahead, is wondering how democracy can best guarantee peace.
An opportunity for Cartooning for Peace to launch its report on the situation of threatened cartoonists around the world: “Press cartoonists on the line”, at one of the Forum Talks organised during the event.
— Cartooning for Peace (@CartooningPeace) November 7, 2023
On 7 November, from 4:45pm to 6:30pm at the Palais de l’Europe, Cartooning for Peace, in cooperation with the Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists, is organising the Forum Talk 9 “Press cartoonists: an endangered profession in danger”:
By offering a critical reading of society and its excesses, and by provoking democratic debate, press cartoons contribute fully to the culture of dialogue and, consequently, to peace.
Yet all over the world, press cartoonists are often censored or subjected to verbal, physical or institutional violence. These attacks are indicative of the erosion of democracy and must be denounced and combated.
This is the work that Cartooning for Peace and its partners are doing to enable these foot soldiers of democracy to continue to work in peace, for peace.
The role of press cartoons in a democracy and the pressures on their authors to inform, alert or denounce, are exposed through the publication of a report on the situation of cartoonists under threat around the world, produced in partnership with Cartoonists Rights, and presented for the first time at the World Forum for Democracy: “Press cartoonists on the line”.
With the participation of:
Moderator: Vladimir Vasak, reporter at Arte
Admission free, registration required (registration deadline 30 October).
In partnership with the city of Strasbourg, Cartooning for Peace is presenting the “Justice for Ukraine” exhibition, produced with Amnesty International to mark the release of “Fichez-nous la paix !”, from 23 October to 10 November 2023 on the gates of the Hôtel de Ville, Strasbourg.
Cartooning for Peace is present in the public space, in the streets of Strasbourg, through the display of a selection of press cartoons on freedom of expression, democracy and peace.
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