A CPJ special report finds that as cartoonists work transcends borders and languages and simplifies complex political situations, cartoonists around the world are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed.
Read the report, Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat, that scrutinize the situation of cartoonists in Bangladesh, Denmark, France, Iran, Equador, Malaysia, and brings examples of and interviews with cartoonists facing threats and persecution and even death.
Award-winning Bangladeshi cartoonist, Arifur Rahman, also featured in the report, found refuge in Drøbak city of refuge in Norway in 2010. Facing death threats and jail for one of his cartoons published in a magazine, he fled Bangladesh in 2007. The situation of his colleagues are not improving. Only this year, three Bangladeshi bloggers who had been critical of religious issues were hacked to death in separate attacks by assailants believed to be Islamic extremists.
Mana Neyestani, award-winning Iranian cartoonist found refuge in Paris City of refuge in 2008 after being imprisoned for "disturbing national security" because of publishing an "offensive" cartoon in an Iranian government-run magazine. In an interview in the report Neyestani says about his profession:
I always say that a cartoonist is like a parachutist: we jump out of a plane even if we have high anxiety. It is our job and love, so we jump and hope that we’ll land safely.