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.
Open letter to the President of #EquatorialGuinea calling for the release artist & writer Ramón Esono Ebalé https://t.co/swwyvdVJCm #FreeNseRamon
"It is outrageous that Ramón Esono Ebalé should be snatched off the streets of
#EquatorialGuinea and jailed for weeks just because he writes or draws critically about the country's top public figure" @AngelaQuintal #FreeNseRamon cartoon by Miki Montlló
Artists from around the world contributing drawings in support of #FreeNseRamon. See submissions below.