Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist and Iranian asylum seeker detained on Manus Island, has had his refugee claim rejected and been told he must return to Iran, despite severe mental illness and Iran refusing to accept asylum seekers who are forcibly repatriated…
CRNI has been overwhelmed by the support for Eaten Fish from cartoonists all over the world – here is another batch of the cartoons that people have produced.
Today Eaten Fish should be in North Carolina accepting the 2016 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from CRNI but he is still locked up in Manus Island detention camp in Papua New Guinea.
Eaten Fish is being awarded the the Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International on September 24. There is a fancy dinner and an award ceremony in North Carolina which he cannot attend as he remains detained on Manus Island. A new group of cartoonists have drawn cartoons in support of Eaten Fish including last years award recipient Atena Farghadani who was imprisoned in Iran until May this year.
Eaten Fish has won the 2016 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning from Cartoonists Rights Network International. You can read about it on their website here. A statement from Eaten Fish will be added here as soon as we get one.
The award will be presented at the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Durham, North Carolina on September 24, 2016. Eaten Fish won’t be there.
Cartoonists Rights Network International is an organisation that supports cartoonists around the world who are endangered by the very nature of their work. They work as advocates to advance the freedom and human rights of political cartoonists as well as networking, providing resources for their their safety, local development and education.
Previous winners have included Dogan Güzel who was just recently arrested in Turkey.
Congratulations Eaten Fish.
There is an article on the Cartoonists Rights International website on Eaten Fish and the campaign.
And Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson have an article at The Guardian about the campaign as well.