Third part of this collection that I started in 2014. It is a list with summaries of cases grouped by different periods. It has been chopped up because, even summarizing a lot, they were too long and uncomfortable to read and also made it difficult to load the page.
In this third list the cases will be published from 2020 onwards, I hope I don’t have to update it much.
Here you can read the two previous cases.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Humour in troubles (I). Cases 1978 a 2016
Humour in troubles (II). Cases 2017 a 2019
Last update: January 6th, 2021. Total cases: 167
Argelia/ Walid Kechida
Twenty-five-year-old Walid Kechida of Algeria has been sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dinars (about 3,000 euros) for publishing memes satirizing the state and religion, according to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD).
The Mexican winemaker Rafael Pineda, Veracruz (1972), alias “Rapé” (Monero), publicly denounced that on Sunday, October 4, 2020, he received death threats directed at him and his family.
The cartoonist for the newspaper Milenio and the political satire magazine El Chamuco received a reply from the National Guard asking for more information on the matter and for the support of many people, including many colleagues.
The French cartoonist “Espé” may have broken a record. He was fired just after his first cartoon was published in a section of the newspaper L’Humanité. The author of the article where the cartoon appeared was also fired. The newspaper described the cartoon as “degrading and sexist“, apologised to readers and to the ex-cyclist and presenter Marion Rousse, who considered the cartoon to be contemptuous of her work and insulting to women.
EEUU / Pat Bagley
Pat Bagley’s cartoon in The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, led to a statement from the Utah Sheriff’s Association, the Republican Party and others, who called for the image to be removed and for the newspaper and cartoonist to retract it and apologise.
EEUU / Michael Ramirez
This cartoon by conservative cartoonist Michael Ramirez, published on 16 August in the Southeast Missourian newspaper, provoked another episode of anger and accusations of racism in the media.
France/ Valeurs Actuelle
A cartoon in a Pascal Garnier comic book provoked a controversy in France, the images accompanied a text published in the far-right French magazine “Valeurs Actuelle”, portraying the French-Gabonese MP Danièle Obono as a slave.
On 31 August the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation into the French weekly for insults of a racist nature.
EEUU / Mike Luckovitc
The local newspaper, The Laconia Daily Sun (Laconia, New Hampshire), announced that it was no longer publishing editorial cartoons following complaints about the publication of this cartoon by Mike Luckovitch.
Jordania / Emad Hajja
Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj was arrested on Wednesday 25 August allegedly for this cartoon on the Israel-UAE agreement which was considered “insulting” to the country. The cartoon was published in Al Araby Al Jadeed (New Arab), a pan-Arab media outlet based in London .
EEUU/ School district of Wylie
This cartoon entitled “George Floyd” by cartoonist David Fitzsimmons , “Fitz”, was originally published on 31 May 2020 in the Arizona Daily Star. The image was added in August 2020 to a Wylie Independent School District eighth grade class exercise. Texas State Governor Greg Abbott called for an investigation by the Texas Education Agency and demanded that the teacher who developed the exercise be fired for comparing the police to the Ku Klux Klan. The police also demanded a public apology.
Australia /Johannes Leak – The Australian
This strip by Johannes Leak, published on 13 August in The Australian, was branded as racist and other things by some journalists, a varied public and even politicians who asked for an apology from the newspaper.
Argentina / Sendra
The cartoon of Fernando Sendra (1949), published in the Argentine newspaper Clarín on Friday 7 August, ironically stated that Resolution 34/2020 requires both public and private companies to include at least 50% women on their boards of directors and supervisory bodies in order to have a composition that respects gender diversity.
Sendra’s joke was immediately met with rejection and criticism of all kinds from individuals and groups and, as usual, the “quilombo” was set up on the Internet.
EEUU/ Bianca Xunise/ King Features / Different media
Some of the newspapers where this cartoon appeared communicated their decision to stop publishing the Six Chic strip, some even planted an apology in the place where their next strip was to appear calling it inappropriate and offensive and also asking for an apology from the agency.
Brasil / Renato Aroeira
The Brazilian government is threatening to prosecute cartoonist Renato Aroeira for this cartoon and also veteran journalist Ricardo Noblat for sharing it on his blog in “Veja” magazine. The government of ultra-right-wing Jair Bolsonaro has requested an investigation and is holding on to a dictatorship law, Article 26 of the National Security Law, passed in 1983 during the reign of Joao Figueiredo, Brazil’s last dictator.
EEUU/ Gary McCoy
On Thursday 11 June the Morning News in Florence, South Carolina, published a cartoon by Gary McCoy (1962) on abortion and blacks that created controversy and led to the announcement of the disappearance of all editorial cartoons in the medium.
EEUU/ Tom Stiglich
Johnny Whitefield, editor of The Courier-Times newspaper, based in Roxboro, North Carolina, announced yesterday his immediate resignation following the publication of this cartoon by Tom Stiglich that was criticized as racist.
The same cartoon also prompted resignations at the Washington Missourian, a family newspaper in Missouri.
EEUU / Al Goodwyn
The Journal of Seneca, South Carolina, published an apology for this cartoon by cartoonist Al Goodwyn, who declared himself to be a conservative and announced that no more cartoons by this author would appear on its pages. Some readers sent their complaints to the newspaper or posted them on social networks pointing out the message of the image as racist.
India / S. Surendra Kumar, Varma
The Indian cartoonist S. Surendra Kumar, who signs himself as Varma, was arrested on Monday 18 May for publish this cartoon, and removed for a copyright claim (?), on his Twitter account on Saturday 16 May.
Suecia / Arabia Saudí- Mahmoud Abbas
Various European organisations condemned the insults and death threats against the Palestinian cartoonist Mahmoud Abbas, who lives in Sweden. The cartoonist began receiving insults that escalated into death threats after he published a cartoon about the fall in oil prices.
The Bolivian newspaper Página Siete requested, through a letter to the Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo, protection measures for its cartoonist Abel Bellido, Abecor, who denounced being harassed on the Internet. The cartoonist received insults and death threats because of all his cartoons.
Hungría / Gábor Pápai
The KDNP, the People’s Christian Democratic Party, the governing party in Hungary, has announced that it will take legal action against the newspaper Népszava and its cartoonist Gábor Pápai for this cartoon published on 28 April considering it to be a “blasphemy”.
Bangladesh / Ahmed Kabir Kishore
The RAB, Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion, arrested the winemaker Ahmed Kabir Kishore. Writer Mushtaq Ahmed and two others, Didarul Islam Bhuiyan, an activist for a platform called “Rashtrachinta” and businessman Minhaz Mannan Emon, were also arrested under the controversial Digital Security Act (DSA), which many claim is being used against freedom of expression.
Cartoonist Carlos Tovar Samanez, Carlín, (Lima, 1955) reported that he was receiving insults and serious threats after the publication of one of his cartoons in the newspaper La República, where he has worked since 2002.
United Kingdom / Morning Star -Stella Perrett
The left-wing newspaper Morning Star removed this cartoon from its internet edition and apologised for its publication, also on paper. Some readers complained on the internet that the joke dehumanised trans people, showing them as predators.
Bélgica – China / De Standaard – Lectrr
The association of Chinese companies in Belgium and Luxembourg published a note in which it considers that the image of Lectrr, published on its website and on Twitter on 23 January, and also in the newspaper De Standaard, “insults China and seriously hurts the feelings of the Chinese people”. They also add that “satire is inappropriate and offensive to us and to others in different communities throughout the country“.
They demand that both the newspaper and the cartoonist reproach themselves for their mistake and apologise publicly to the Chinese people.
Portugal – Israel / Revista Sabado- Vasco Gargalo
An Israeli-based human rights organisation called Btsalmo has sent a letter to the editor of the Portuguese magazine Sabado.
They demand the immediate dismissal of cartoonist Vasco Gargalo (1977) for a cartoon of 2019. They also demand the removal of all copies of the image and a public apology. I have not yet found an answer from the magazine.
Dinamarca – China / Jyllands-Posten – Niels Bo Bojesen
Both the newspaper and the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, refused to issue an apology and appealed to freedom of expression.
Turquía /Kazim Güleçyüz y Ibrahim Özdabak
Kazim Güleçyüz, editor of the daily Yeni Asya and his cartoonist, Ibrahim Özdabak (Twitter – Web), received suspended prison sentences at the end of January of one year and eight months and one year and six months respectively on charges of terrorism for their publications on social networks and for their cartoons.
Spain / Comanegra editorial y Toni Galmés
Toni Galmés has the sad honour of being the first illustrator to be charged in 2020 for some drawings and opens the third installment of the list. Several police unions denounced him for insulting a book job, published in 2018, that he did for Comanegra publishing house.
In the complaint, filed in mid-June 2019 by JUPOL Baleares, the police unions demanded, among other things, the prohibition and destruction of the humorous book and a public apology from the authors and publishers.
On 30 January 2020 it will declare that it is under investigation. The Comanegra publishing house was also denounced at the time by the same groups for embezzlement, among other things.