Defending freedom of speech

in a spirit of dialogue
Read about our mission

Defending freedom of speech

in a spirit of dialogue
Read about our mission

Dmitry Muratov (Peace Nobel Price), Gabor Papaï (cartoonist laureate), Patrick Chappatte (Freedom Cartoonists Foundation’s President), Marie Heuzé (Freedom Cartoonists Foundation’s Vice President), Vladimir Kazanevsky (cartoonist laureate), Maria Ressa (Peace Nobel Price). 

The Freedom Cartoonists Foundation (Formerly: Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace) supports professional editorial cartooning as an essential part of civic debate. We stand for a free press as a pillar of democracy and of which political cartoons are a vital element. Through our actions, we defend freedom of speech in a spirit of dialogue.

The Foundation pursues its mission through two main activities: the biennial International Cartoonist Award, accompanied by a cartoon exhibition, and the Support Fund for threatened editorial cartoonists. We also organize educational projects aimed at fostering creativity, tolerance and an understanding of human rights.

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“The price of truth”, with Nobel Peace Laureate Dmitry Muratov

October 13, 2023

Geneva Graduate Institute

The Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award

by the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation and the City of Geneva

2022 Award

Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

Gábor Pápai, Hungary

The Freedom Cartoonists Foundation, which defends freedom of expression in a spirit of dialogue, and
the City of Geneva award their 2022 International Prize to European cartoonists Vladimir Kazanevsky (Ukraine) and Gábor Pápai (Hungary).
Jury : Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch (president), Sami Kanaan, City of Geneva and cartoonists Ann Telnaes (USA), Kak (France) and Chappatte (Switzerland).

2018 Award

Musa Kart, Turkey

Musa Kart is the recipient of our fourth International Cartoonist Award. Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize laureate and Honorary Chair of our Foundation, wrote: “Musa Kart and his colleagues confront us with our own responsibility to preserve freedom of expression, to act in support of their struggle and to provide assistance to those who are deprived of expressing themselves through their art and risk years of imprisonment for their drawings. The Turkish cartoonist was prevented from traveling to Geneva. His wife received the Award in his name in Geneva, on May 3, 2018.

All the awards:

The Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award

by our partner • Cartoonists Rights

2023 Award

Abecor, Bolivia

This year, the 2023 international cartoon prize is presented by our US partner organization Cartoonists Rights. Their Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award goes to Abecor, cartoonist with the newspaper “Página Siete” in Bolivia. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC. This award alternates every other year with our own Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award – a unique transatlantic partnership designed to honor the best of cartooning worldwide.

The International Cartoon Exhibition

by the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation and the City of Geneva

In collaboration with Association Cartooning for Peace, Paris


International Exhibit

From May 1 to 31, 2022, on the shores of lake Geneva, an exhibition of editorial cartoonists from all over the world on current events: the war in Europe, Covid and climate emergency. You will also discover the works of the winners of our 2022 International Cartoon Award.


Expo 360°

Gare aux dessins! is a condensed version of 30 years of press cartoons by Chappatte. With special guest, the Palestinian cartoonist Hani Abbas. And as a bonus, an overview of the threats to political cartoons in the world illustrated by the cases of drawings that have caused controversy signed Muza Kart (Turkey), Zunar (Malaysia), Pedro Molina (Nicaragua), Ann Telnaes (USA), Xavier Gorce (France) and many others .

All the exhibits:

Our Other Actions

Support Fund for Cartoonists

in Cartoons


VR exhibition


Press releases

“The price of truth: film screening and discussion”

With the special presence of Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize, Patrick Forbes, director, and Chappatte October 13, 2023, 18:00 - 20:15 Auditorium A1A, Maison de la paix, Geneva Graduate Institute Video: Steven Fourcade and...

When cartoons upset Indian nationalists

By Patrick Chappatte, in "Le Temps"Research and documentation : Freedom Cartoonists Cartoon by Chappatte in Der Spiegel, Germany, on At the end of April, one of my cartoons published in German magazine Der Spiegel caused quite a stir in...

Alert Iran – Atena Farghadani

Following widespread press reports of the arrest and detention of Iranian artist, activist and cartoonist Atena Farghadani in Tehran on June 7th 2023, CARTOONISTS RIGHTS, Cartooning For Peace, and the FREEDOM CARTOONISTS Foundation call for prosecutors in the Islamic...

Robert Russel Courage in Cartooning Award 2023 – ABECOR

CARTOONISTS RIGHTS presents the Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award to Abel Bellido Córdova – ABECOR – of the Página Siete news outlet in Bolivia. We acknowledge our partner – the FREEDOM CARTOONISTS Foundation – and their support in delivery of this work. Our...

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Partner Project

Bringing together cartoonists to tackle social and political issues affecting their community. A series of collaborative projects organized by Chappatte, with the help of Swiss Foreign Affairs.