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CRNI’s 2017 Courage in Cartooning Award goes to Equatorial Guinea’s Ramón Esono Ebalé

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What Happened

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.

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Artists from around the world contributing drawings in support of #FreeNseRamon. See submissions below.