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December 13, 2013

Go, Watch: Zapiro On Mandela

The cartoonist Zapiro has done a lot of cartoons critical of Nelson Mandela, and some outright brutal ones about those that have followed Mandela in power in South Africa. It's also been clear that Zapiro thought Mandela a great man, and he talks about that a bit here. My sense was that as savage as Zapiro's work could be that Mandela was a believer in a free press and its mission to exercise that freedom through opinion work in both written and cartoon form. One can imagine a much dimmer reality for cartoonists in that region of the world if Mandela had turned on them the way a few others on the world stage have at times.

Here's a cartoon tribute to Mandela via a comics translation of his favorite poem.
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