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April 30, 2010

Burma: Cartooning’s Nightmare State

imageThe Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Freedom House has released its "Freedom Of The Press 2010" report, with Burma reaching its top 10 in part because of the testimony as to abuses provided by cartoonists.

Two cartoonists are cited in the linked-to article. One, Aw Pi Kye, has been banned from publication by the military regime that controls the nation's press. Another, Han Lay, testifies from a position of being published in a Thailand paper that press freedoms have been abominable since 1988. I do remember that in late 2009 when Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted in what was believed to be an attempt to keep her from participating in the 2010 elections, it was only in regional papers that you could find cartoon commentary on what seems like a natural story for any cartoonist on the ground, were they given expression.
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