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 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 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:

The Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award

by our partner • Cartoonists Rights Network International


Nomination open!

Cartoonists Rights Network International opens nominations as we prepare to once again recognize the exemplary bravery of a cartoonist facing threats to their human rights.

Our Other Actions

Support Fund for Cartoonists

in Cartoons


VR exhibition


Press releases

Press release — Freedom Cartoonists committed to free speech

Geneva, October 27, 2020 - Ten years after its creation in Geneva, the Swiss Foundation "Cartooning for Peace", whose honorary chairman was Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan, changes its name and reaffirms its action in favour of freedom of expression for cartoonists...

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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.