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September 15, 2015

Missed It: Jailed Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Won CRNI Courage In Cartooning Award

For some reason I totally missed posting about the actual announcement, but Atena Farghadani won this year's Cartoonist Rights Network International Courage In Cartooning award, announced late last week during CRNI's meeting in Columbus, Ohion in conjection with the yearly Association of American Editorial Cartoonists gathering.

Farghadani is the cartoonist who made a comic about Iranian lawmakers restricting women's rights that happened to depict those lawmakers as animals. She was jailed. She protested her stay and eventually reported on the harsh and inhumane conditions of her jail term, and thus was jailed again. She is currently being held in Evin Prison -- one of the few jails in human history with something approaching a brand it's so horrible -- and also sick. She was told of the win by her father during a visit and expressed gratitude.

It's difficult for me to fathom someone in a more awful situation than Farghadani, or someone that's approached a similar situation with more class and insistence. It should be part of our everyday hopes that she have this sentence reduced or suspended by whatever means are available to her.
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