Cartoonist allegedly attacked for satirical illustrations of politician

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Two unknown masked individuals stabbed Syrian cartoonist and activist Hadeel Ismail on July 16, 2021 in A’zaz, Syria. The attack is believed to be linked to the artist’s satirical cartoons of a politician, reported SKeyes Media.

Ismail was transferred to the national hospital in A’zaz, and she is currently in stable condition.

The attack was attributed to unknown persons due to the undetermined cause of the accident. However, according to the Reporters Without Borders, the workplace of Ismail Syrian Press Center, informed that she had been threatened a few weeks before the attack. The threats were aimed at the artist because of his satirical caricatures of the former head of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and the High Negotiations Committee, Nasr Hariri.

Horizon International, an organization defending the rights to freedom of opinion and expression on social media, condemned the attack on Hadeel Ismail and demanded that the force in the A’zaz region exercise its role and end the repeated violations.

Freemuse search featured in State of artistic freedom 2021 found that 27% of the 238 violations of artistic freedom in the visual arts were related to censorship of cartoonists and illustrators.


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