From time to time there are campaigns where cartoonists come together to draw in support of a fellow cartoonist whose human rights and freedom of expression are in jeopardy. I am involved in a couple organizations that raise awareness through cartoons.
Not long ago I was cartooning for Atena Farghadani (draw4atena campaign), a young Iranian who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for her art.
My cartoons joined many other cartoons created by people all over the world and were tweeted and printed in newspapers (including the Guardian, the Washington Post and many more), with the intent to raise international awareness for her plight.
Cartoonists know how to band together and raise some hell!
Atena was released a year ago, and she contacted me soon after to thank me for the cartoons.
Here is her story, in her own words, produced by Amnesty International and narrated by Nazanin Boniadi.