EG Justice and the Cartoonists Rights Network International – along with a coalition of international organisations – are inviting cartoonists and artists from around the world to support the #FreeNseRamon campaign.
Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested on 16th September in Equatorial Guinea and was extensively interrogated in front of witnesses about his provocative drawings of members of the government. CRNI and those protesting the arrest say he is being held on trumped up charges of counterfeiting and money laundering, but has yet to be formally charged.
“He has unjustly spent over 50 days in prison without a clear prospect for release,” say CRNI. “His imprisonment appears to be a deliberate attempt to curtail his freedom to express himself through his art and writings.”
Earlier this month, his family accepted the 2017 CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award on his behalf.
Artists are being asked to show their support for Ramon’s release by sharing illustration with the following hashtag: #FreeNseRamon
“Please keep in mind the campaign exclusively aims to get Ramon released from prison because he is innocent,” say CRNI.
“Our goal is to bring attention to his plight. We are not requesting artwork that is critical of government officials in Equatorial Guinea as we do not want to do anything to jeopardise his case.”
The campaign will run from now until Ramon’s release from prison. Select art will be displayed on the EG Justice #FreeNseRamon website
• There is a Spanish language initiative running in cooperation with the CRNI campaign at www.freenseramon.com
• More on Equatorial Guinea at EgJustice.org