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Renowned Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, whose satirical drawings targeting corruption and lampooning dictators have been published worldwide, received the 2012 Gebran Tueni Award Wednesday, an annual prize given jointly by WAN-IFRA and Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper that honours an outstanding individual from the news media in the Arab region.

The award recognises Mr Farzat’s unprecedented contribution to freedom of expression and acknowledges his unwavering commitment, despite physical attack, to exposing the excesses of power through his cartoons.

The ceremony took place in Beirut on 11 December on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the murder of Gebran Tueni, the Lebanese publisher and a leading WAN-IFRA Board member who was killed by a car bomb in Beirut in 2005. Mr Farzat was unable to collect the award in person due to security concerns, but joined the ceremony via Skype to give his thanks to An-Nahar and praise the memory of its iconic late publisher.

“His cartoons transcend borders, cultures and political divides: they speak a thousand words on behalf of human indignity,” said Lars Munch, Director of Denmark’s JP/Politikens, accepting the award on Mr Farzat’s behalf. “He has no intention of laying his pen to rest.”


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Andrew Heslop


2012-12-14 11:27

Yesterday, Columbia University announced the winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, letters, drama, and music—and among the distinguished few were online news organizations The Huffington Post and Politico, according to a Columbia press release.

The reputable Pulitzer Prizes, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in his will and administrated by Columbia University since 1917, are “perceived as a major incentive for high-quality journalism,” according to the website.

These are the first Pulitzer wins for both The Huffington Post and Politico. A complete list of winners is available on the Pulitzer website.

David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, received a prize for National Reporting for his “Beyond the Battlefield” series, which highlighted “the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war,” the release said.


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Gianna Walton


2012-04-17 13:28

Plagiarism: it's an act that is strictly against various ethical codes and industry guidelines followed by many journalists the world over. However, recently the issue has become a problem not only for journalists, but for the cartoonists as well.

At the beginning of November, the cartoonist for Urban Tulsa Weekly, David Simpson, resigned after he was discovered to have plagiarised material from the late, great, Pulitzer-winning Jeff MacNelly.

Last week, another incident of alleged plagiarism occurred, in which the work of Jeff Stahler of The Columbus Dispatch bore a close resemblance to a piece published in 2009 in the New Yorker by cartoonist David Sipress.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) now has to decide how to react to Stahler's case, as he was suspended from the Columbus Dispatch on grounds that he lifted text and visuals from Sipress's work. The AAEC are currently consulting their bylaws regarding this incident.


Katherine Travers


2011-12-12 16:42

The office of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was set ablaze last night at around 1am, protesting the satirical magazine's cartoons in the the latest issue that "celebrated" the victory of moderate Islamist party An-Nahda in Tunisia and the announcement that Sharia law would be the foundation of the new post-Ghadaffi Libyan state. The most controversial was on the front page, where the magazine portrayed its "guest editor", the prophet Muhammad, accompanied by the phrase "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter."

The fire was reportedly started by a petrol bomb thrown through a window, and the publication's website was also hacked to display an image of Mecca.

The magazine strongly supports "Laïcité", the idea of secularism in society, and launched this satirical bombardment on religious law in response to current events in North Africa. Some of the cartoons included in the magazine are shown on Le Monde's website.


Katherine Travers


2011-11-03 13:48

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