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Draw The Line Here

May 3, 2015
Draw The Line Here

Draw The Line Here

Memories are short.

Many have probably already forgotten the Islamists who walked into the Charlie Hebdo office and slaughtered innocent people.

Not English PEN. To mark the event and to commemorate World Press Freedom Day  they have a published Draw The Line Here, a collection of cartoons drawn in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January 2015.

Draw The Line Here is a collaboration between the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation (PCO), Crowdshed, and English PEN.  It features cartoons drawn by British artists in the days immediately after the attacks. The work of 66 cartoonists is featured, including Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Peter Brooke and Ralph Steadman.

Proceeds from the book will be split equally between the fund for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo murders, and English PEN’s Writers at Risk programme.

Publication of Draw The Line Here was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign launched in February.  Over 200 people pledged their support to the project, and will be receiving their copies of the book in the coming days.

It would be an excellent idea if Draw The Line Here was also available as an e-book, if on leanpub, pay what you like. 

Draw The Line Here includes a foreword by Libby Purves, patron of the PCO, who writes:

Some cartoons here are gentle, others savage; some merely encapsulate the bafflement and sadness of a world where mockery is met not with the proper response, a shrug, but with murder. Again and again the theme is of the fragility of the sceptical, laughing pencil: its simplicity and its splendour, the opposite of the vainglorious, meaningless squalor of the gun and the bomb.

Jo Glanville, director of English PEN, said:

We are extremely grateful to the PCO and to Crowdshed for choosing English PEN as a beneficiary of this project, and of course to all the cartoonists who have contributed to the book.  By exercising their own right to freedom of expression, these artists are helping to defend the free speech of others.

The publication of this book could not be more timely.  Sunday 3 May is World Press Freedom Day, the perfect time to stand in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

Being a writer, a journalist, a blogger is a very dangerous occupation these days.

Raif Badawi was sentenced to weekly floggings for writing a blog.

To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, English PEN has joined more than 50 free speech organisations and media groups in calling on governments to uphold their international obligations to protect freedom of expression.

The joint statement begins:

On World Press Freedom Day, 116 days after the attack at the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 11 dead and 12 wounded, we, the undersigned, reaffirm our commitment to defending the right to freedom of expression, even when that right is being used to express views that we and others may find difficult, or even offensive.

Charlie Hebdo survivors edition

January 14, 2015
Charlie Hebdo Je Suis Charlie

Charlie Hebdo Je Suis Charlie

Today Charlie Hebdo hit the streets. The first edition since the massacre at their offices.

A print run of six million, normal print run of 60,000.

Kiosks were sold out in minutes, people 20 deep at kiosks, sold out before sunrise.

As with the millions who took to the streets in Paris on Sunday, a clear message to Muslim extremits, we will not be intimidated.

Well done the little shop in Scunthorpe, that has copies of Charlie Hebdo on sale.

Contrast with the cowardice of Sky News, refused to show the front cover of Charlie Hebdo.

Muslims who have problem with depiction of the Prophet need to re-set their calender to 2015. Or follow the advice of the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam, son of an imam in northern Morocco.

If we value our freedoms, then the world has to stand in solidarity against Muslim extremism.

We must draw a line between Islam the religion and Islam as a Fascist ideology.

Islam as a Fascist ideology is as much a threat to the world today as the Nazis were in the 1930s.

Je Suis Charlie

January 11, 2015
Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

They brought the centre of Paris to a standstill, those who came to show they will not be intimidated by Muslim terrorists, by religious fanatics.

No one knows how many, they lost count after a million, the largest peacetime demonstration seen in Paris.

It was not just Paris, it was not just France, it was not just Europe, people all over the world showed their desire for freedom.

Jews, Christians, Muslims, people of no faith, men, women and children, all with one voice, we will not be intimidated.

The Guardian should have published a cartoon by one of their cartoonists, depicting the Prophet wearing a t-shirt with the words Not In My Name, but cowardice prevailed.

The French luckily, do not display the cowardice of The Guardian.

The man standing atop of a bus stop, I’m a Muslim not a terrorist.

The world has to stand in solidarity against Muslim extremism.

We must draw a line between Islam the religion and Islam as a Fascist ideology.

Islam as a Fascist ideology is as much a threat to the world today as the Nazis were in the 1930s.

Saudi Arabia: Sentenced to a thousand lashes

January 11, 2015

Over a million people took to the streets of Paris today, 40 world leaders, to show their solidity with Charlie Hebdo and to show they will not be intimated by Islamic fundamentalists

The Saudi ambassador had the gall to attend the Charlie Hebdo vigil in Paris today.

Saudi Arabia is the brutal face of Islam, headed by the corrupt House of Saud.

Saudi Arabia exports its perversion of Islam to Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia brutalises and degrades women.

Saudi Arabia holds public beheading.

Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes. His ‘crime’ in Saudi eyes, starting an on-line forum for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia.

We need to stop funding Saudi Arabia, we need to stop buying their oil, selling them weapons. One more reason to move to renewables.

In Turkey, a cartoonist is in gaol for his depiction of the Fascist president of Turkey. Many journalists are imprisoned.

David Cameron called for freedom of the press. We take it then, he will sign-off the immediate publication of Blair Iraq Dossier, and release in full the censored report on fracking.

War criminal Netanyahu was welcomed. The rise in anti-Semitism in France is a direct result of Zionist genocide in Palestine and illegal occupation of Palestine. Never one to show any sensitivity, he stirred up trouble by openly encouraging French Jews to emigrate to Israel, and no doubt live on occupied Palestinian land. War on Gaza last year killed 17 journalists.

Egypt holds three Al-Jazeera journalists in prison. Three of many held in prison.

The Guardian should have published a cartoon by one of their cartoonists, depicting the Prophet wearing a t-shirt with the words Not In My Name, but cowardice prevailed.

The French luckily, do not display the cowardice of The Guardian.

The man standing atop of a bus stop, I’m a Muslim not a terrorist.

The world has to stand in solidarity against Muslim extremism.

We must draw a line between Islam the religion and Islam as a Fascist ideology.

Islam as a Fascist ideology is as much a threat to the world today as the Nazis were in the 1930s.

Charlie Hebdo massacre

January 7, 2015
Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Charlie Hebdo front cover

Charlie Hebdo front cover

Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Who has damaged Muhammad more

Who has damaged Muhammad more?

Charlie Hebdo art critic

Charlie Hebdo art critic

Al Qaeda has hit the West in its back garden, while we at ISIS have been attacking our own sheikhs. — ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed Aladnana

They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience. — Gandhi

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. — Voltaire

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ― George Orwell

Two possibly three gunmen walked into the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo and carried out a massacre. Twelve killed, many injured.

ISIS has called upon its followers in the West to carry out revenge killings. This though does not appear to be carried out by amateurs, too professional, more likely battle-hardened ISIS fighters returning to France.

The rounds fired into a police car, were closely spaced, the work of a professional.

They also seemed to be well informed, or lucky. They got into a secure building, at a time an editorial conference was taking place.

Sick trolls are having a field day, tweeting racist and inflammatory tweets, which only serve to worsen the situation.

The one thing we do not wish to see, is Muslims being targeted, but that is not to say, a clampdown on religious fanatics who are stirring up hatred (and that includes vile trolls).

We are seeing a failure of immigration policy, or the lack thereof. Both France and England, have large numbers of disaffected young Muslims, ideal recruiting grounds for ISIS.

Muslim schools should not be permitted. This is the West, tolerant yes, but Islam is not a religion of the West. If they wish to go to Muslim schools, then live in a Muslim country. Cannot have it both ways.

Freedom to practise a religion, provided it does not impinge on the freedoms of others, is not the right to impose your religion on the rest of society.

Islamists have scored a massive own goal. But to be honest I do not think they will care as they do not care what we in the West think of them. All they wish to do is bastardise women and see the Black flag of Islam flying across Europe.

Sony showed cowardice when they were hacked, pulled a rubbish film. The French have taken to the streets to show solidarity that they will not be intimidated by Jihadists (assuming that is who it was).

twin pencils

twin pencils

a terrible day

a terrible day

Asterix cartoon

Asterix cartoon


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