Equatoguinean cartoonist and activist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested on Saturday, September 16 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. After leaving a restaurant and getting into a car, three people who identified themselves as members of state security opened the doors and handcuffed him. Since then, Ramón has been held at a police station waiting to be notified of the reason for his arrest. During an interrogation they asked Ramon about Obi’s Nightmare, a graphic novel illustrated by Ramón that is very critical of Teodoro Obiang, Equatorial Guinea’s president for the last nearly 40 years. He was warned that his drawings could be considered defamation of the president.
To arbitrarily detain an activist for his art critiquing the lack of basic freedoms and corruption is typical of dictatorships that operate outside the law and with impunity. Ramón has not violated any Equatoguinean law. The Government of Equatorial Guinea must respect his right to express himself freely and release him immediately.
Internationally acclaimed political cartoonist, illustrator & journalist from Nicaragua @pxmolina will provide a talk TODAY on #TheArtofResistance on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Ed Center at 5:30 pm @UNC @uncisa @EGJustice @unccollege #FreeNseRamon
Didn't get a chance to attend the reception for "The Art of Resistance"? We are continuing the conversation with Pedro X. Molina-- politcal cartoonist and key participant in the #freenseramon movement. Come learn about his work efforts to support freedom of expression everywhere.
Tutu Alicante—on Ramon’s series, ‘Bozales’, ‘Our hope is that Equatorial Guineans can stop wearing imaginary muzzles.’ #TheArtofResistance #FreeNseRamon @EGJustice @UNCafrica @UNC_Global #FreedomOfSpeech
Guided tour by Ramon Esono Ebale: Women are the future of Africa. #TheArtofResistance @UNC_Global @UNCafrica #j711 #freenseramon @EGJustice
Tutu Alicante, executive director of @EGJustice, there is resistance but these groups needs to work together— more young people are losing their fear though . #TheArtofResistance #EquatorialGuinea #FreeNseRamon #j711
Audience question: when a dictator is in power for decades? Is there a resistance that might be successful? #TheArtofResistance #EquatorialGuinea #FreeNseRamon @UNCafrica
Ramon on immigration: please open the gates #TheArtofResistance #FreeNseRamon #j711
On his art series, “Giants.” Ramon states that the “giants” are people carrying out an important role in Equatorial Guinea —social leaders who are fighting for human rights. #TheArtofResistance #FreeNseRamon @UNC_Global #J711
Artists from around the world contributing drawings in support of #FreeNseRamon. See submissions below.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has…
After hearing about the unjust imprisonment of Equatoguinean artist Nse Ramon Esono Ebaleé, over 60 elementary and secondary students (ages 5 – 14) from a school in Oaxaca, Mexico, contributed their amazing art in support of the #FreeNseRamon cartoon campaign.