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September 23, 2013

CNN Report: CRNI Fears Akram Raslan May Be Dead


Buried several graphs down in a more general profile of cartoonists and caricaturists in volatile areas of the Middle East on CNN comes word that Cartoonists Rights Network International believes that the artist Akram Raslan may be dead. Raslan was honored by the group earlier this year for his cartoons in the face of Syrian oppression, and I believe was imprisoned in mid to late 2012 from the newspaper offices of Al-Fida in Hama.on sedition charges. If true, this would be a horribly distressing outcome for art and artists in an admittedly horrific part of the world right now. Earlier word had the artist being tortured and kept in inhumane conditions.
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