Banner image: Cartoon by Doaa el-Adl, Egypt, 2020
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.
Visit the MIT Press site for ordering information.
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.