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Cartooning for Peace published a practical guide for the protection of editorial cartoonists

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2019 was a terrible year for press cartoons, according to Courrier International. The ‘New York Times affair’, the numerous trials against cartoonists and the greater precariousness of the profession showed that their working conditions are deteriorating.

As we marked the fifth anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Cartooning for Peace, an international network of press cartoonists, has published a guide intended to cartoonists facing specific or persistent threats.

The publication is meant to be very practical as it includes advices, testimonies and useful resources to help cartoonists around the world 1) to assess the risks and 2) to identify and best respond to threats and attacks.

In particular, it contains seven work sheets for effective self-assessment and a special mention to women cartoonists who are more likely to face extra risks.

“For newcomers and veteran cartoonists, this manual aspires to be a precious toolkit next to your pens and pencils. It will help you identify threats, confront them and find the necessary resources when needed”, wrote cartoonist Patrick Chappatte in his foreword.