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Press release – Freedom Cartoonists Foundation & Cartoonists Rights Network International announce their new international cartoon award partnership.

“The Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award” given by FCF will alternate with CRNI’s “Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award”. This initiative will be launched on World Press Freedom Day 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, in presence of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, journalists Maria Ressa (Philippines) & Dmitry Muratov (Russia)

12.00-14.00, May 3, 2022, Maison de la Paix, Geneva Graduate Institute

Cartoonists Rights Network International and the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation announce that from 2022 they will establish a unified international cartoonists’ awards-giving partnership, alternating between Europe and the United States and ensuring the greatest possible level of recognition for the winners. The Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award, inaugurated by the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation on World Press Freedom Day, will alternate biannually with Cartoonists Rights Network International’s prize the Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award. Through these awards both organizations shall honour extraordinary contributions to freedom of expression made by editorial and political cartoonists, often despite the most difficult of circumstances.

The inaugural Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Awardwill be presented during a special event at the Geneva Graduate Institute to mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2022. The foundation and the City of Geneva have invited two guests of honour, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Maria Ressa, founder of the Rappler news website in the Philippines; and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Both of these world-famous journalists will deliver keynote remarks at a conference celebrating editorial cartooning and the free press. Thereafter, the Nobel laureates will present this year’s award(s) to the winning cartoonist(s).

Further speakers on the day: Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Minister in charge of the media, and former President of Switzerland; Sami Kanaan, Geneva Minister for Culture and former Mayor; and Patrick Chappatte, editorial cartoonist & President of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation.

The event is open to the public. Register before April 29, 2022.

A press conference will be organized at the Geneva Graduate Institute by the Geneva Press Club and the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation. Journalists, please contact:

In addition, an exhibit of work by international cartoonists including the winner(s) of the 2022 Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award will be available for public view and free of charge at Quai Wilson, Lake Geneva throughout the month of May. This exhibit, curated by Chappatte, is presented in partnership with Paris-based association Cartooning for Peace, whose membership includes more than 200 cartoonists worldwide.

Freedom Cartoonists Foundation, formerly Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace, was founded in 2010 in Geneva by Marie Heuze, former UN communication director and cartoonists Plantu and Chappatte. Its mission is to defend freedom of expression in a spirit of dialogue, and it has given a biennial International Cartoon Award jointly with the City of Geneva since 2012. The late Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, and the recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, was its Honorary Chairperson, as well as a dedicated exponent for cartoonists. The new award is named in his honour. Cartoonists Rights Network International is an NGO based in the USA and incorporated in 1999; its award is named for its founder Dr Robert “Bro” Russell.


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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 throughout the world.

Under the registered name “Freedom Cartoonists Foundation”, it will pursue its main mission: to support those who create and publish editorial cartoons in difficult conditions, in particular under authoritarian or dictatorial regimes, through its International Prize awarded with the support of the City of Geneva. This initiative is accompanied by a public exhibition of cartoons by artists from all continents and all cultures on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Since 2012, every two years, the City of Geneva’s International Press Cartoon Award, with its prestigious reputation, has put the spotlight on courageous cartoonists who fight with their weapons – pencils and humour – and remind us how fragile freedom still is, everywhere.

All the winners, including Musa Kart (Turkey) in 2018, Zunar (Malaysia) in 2016, Hani Abbas (Syria) in 2014 and four Iranian cartoonists in 2012, with their work are forcing each of us to face our own responsibility to preserve freedom of expression. The Freedom Cartoonists Foundation honours them for their courage, talent and for the energy they put into defending our humanity, by presenting them with the City of Geneva International Award.

The founders and members of the Foundation Board have decided by mutual agreement to strengthen their mandate and give new impetus to the cause that they have supported since 2010 with the French “Cartooning for Peace” Association – which continues its activities in Paris with Jean Plantu.

On the occasion of the renewal of the Foundation Board on October 7, 2020, the following were elected:
Chairman: Patrick Chappatte
Vice-president: Marie Heuzé
Secretary: Frédéric Fritscher
Treasurer: Pierre Ruetschi
Directors: Guy Mettan, Roberta Ventura, Rayan Houdrouge
The headquarters of the “Freedom Cartoonists Foundation” are domiciled at the “Swiss Press Club”, long term partner of the Foundation, at the Domaine de Penthes in Prégny-Chambésy, in the canton of Geneva.

The website is under construction.
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