Banner image: Tuncay Akgun sketches a caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the cover of the Turkish satirical magazine, LeMan. [Photo: Cherian George]

This is the companion website to a book project by Cherian George & Sonny Liew. Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship, to be published by The MIT Press in 2021, explores the motives and methods of the political censorship of cartoons around the world. It will be rendered entirely as in graphic documentary form.

“This brilliant tribute to political cartoons is not only a visual feast, but also an in-depth treatise on contemporary threats to freedom of expression posed by governments, corporations, and grassroots forces ranging from religious extremists to well-meaning champions of social justice.” – Nadine Strossen, Past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991–2008) and Professor of Law Emerita, New York Law School.

“Few books grab a reader as Red Lines does. A history, an analysis, a cri de couer, a celebration of ideas and art and human rights, all wrapped in an endlessly fascinating example of ‘show, not tell.'” – David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression (2014-2020) and Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine.

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Cartoonists as the guerrillas of the news media

What makes satirical cartooning such a potentially radical and powerful medium is that you don’t need much to do it. You don’t need a lot of capital or an organization behind you. That makes cartoonists the guerrillas of the media — but it also makes them more vulnerable. – Read the Center for Media@Risk interview with Cherian George.


This is the companion website to a book project by Cherian George & Sonny Liew. Rendered entirely in graphic documentary form, the book studies the motives and methods of the political censorship of cartoons around the world.

Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s journalism department, where he researches media and power, including press freedom, censorship and hate propaganda. He is the author of five books, including Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (MIT Press, 2016). Before turning to academia, he was a journalist, including three years heading the art department of the Straits Times. > More

Sonny Liew is a cartoonist best known for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Epigram, 2015 & Pantheon, 2016), which won three Eisner Awards including Best Writer/Artist. His other works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Luen Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot, as well as titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, DC Vertigo, First Second Books, Boom Studios, Disney Press and Image Comics. > More

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Cherian presented this video at the International Communication Association annual conference 2021, in a panel on Multimodal Research, Teaching, and Publishing. Click the CC button at the bottom of the video window to read the subtitles.


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