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August 20, 2014

Kanika Mishra, Majida Shaheen Named 2014 Winners Of CRNI Award For Courage In Editorial Cartooning

Michael Cavna has a fine write-up here on the Cartoonists Rights Network International naming the Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and the Palestinian cartoonist Majida Shaheen this year's winners of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. As might be guessed, that's an award the group gives out to a cartoonist that exercises their "free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances."

Mishra and Shaheen are the first female recipients.

Mishra was cited for her cartoons about rape charges facing religious leader Asaram Bapu, charges that eventually landed him in jail. The victim was 16 years old. Cavna's piece notes that the cartoonist received death threats against her and family members for her work on that story. Shaheen was cited for her cartoon about Hamas political figure Ismail Haniyeh and the Al-Quds Brigades. These cartoons led to threats of violence from the artist's community.

The awards will be presented October 11 during the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in San Francisco. I hope one or both of the cartoonists will be able to attend; that's always difficult with that specific award.

You can watch a video interview conducted by CRNI's Robert Russell with Kanika Mishra here; you can see a pertinent example of Shaheen's cartooning here.
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