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.
Por meses Caperucita (@patygodoy_ ) y el mensaje #FreeNseRamon presidieron nuestra casa. Tratamos de compartir (en la medida de lo difícilmente posible) el dolor, la tristeza y el sufrimiento de @Guineaeslomejor y @kaktusita Hoy Ramón está libre y en su casa de BCN. Felices😜
📢 GOOD NEWS:
Equatorial Guinean cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé has left the country and is with his wife and daughter!
Thanks to all of you who campaigned for his release! #FreeNseRamon
RT egjustice: Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé finally out of #EquatorialGuinea & after spending 6 months in prison on false charges & waiting another 3 months for his travel documents! #FreeNseRamon https://t.co/zpbaIuqxdj
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Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was imprisoned on dubious charges and blocked from leaving the #EquatorialGuinea, has now exited the country. We celebrate the freedom of this critical voice! Read more: https://t.co/p2wA7JpiDG #FreeNseRamon
RT @egjustice: Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé finally out of #EquatorialGuinea & after spending 6 months in prison on false charges & waiting another 3 months for his travel documents! #FreeNseRamon https://t.co/7eTnh8Ns6E
Artist Ramón Esono Ebalé finally left his native #EquatorialGuinea & rejoined his family after spending 6 months in prison on false charges & waiting another 3 months for his travel documents! Thanks #FreeNseRamon supporters around globe! https://t.co/1PiNhkHfg0
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.