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.
"Ramon was arrested clearly... because of his drawing, yet they charged him with counterfeiting and money laundering." - @TutuAlicante talking about the arrest of cartoonist #RamonEbale & the campaign @EGJustice started to free him, #FreeNseRamon #sotmeetseries
Delighted to see that the trumped up charges against Ramon Esono have been dropped and that he has been released from prison in #EquatorialGuinea. I wish him the best and hope for a speedy reunion with his family. #FreeNseRamon
Africartoons salutes the efforts of all media freedom campaigners whose solidarity and efforts helped to secure the release of cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé after his imprisonment based on trumped up charges in #EquatorialGuinea - #FreeNseRamon #RamonFree
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.