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January 11, 2006

Support Fund For Persecuted Cartoonists

A gathering of journalists and cartoonists in Amman, Jordan in November and December has led to a new emergency fund to support persecuted writers and artists in the Middle East and North Africa. The International Conference on Freedom of Expression in the Arab World was held in conjunction with the Canadian Human Security Programme, and included representatives from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Jordan, as well as European human rights groups. The fund will provide financial support for journalists, writers and cartoonists who are denied a living because of the nature of their work.

Among those presenting at the conference was Palestinian cartoonist Imad Hajjaj.
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