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BLAME CHINA! PART 3

For today’s BLAME CHINA installment we have four cartoons from Luojie, our CagleCartoonist from Beijing who draws for The China Daily, China’s state owned, national English language newspaper – and four cartoons not by Luojie.

Don’t miss our earlier collections:

Blame China! Part One and Blame China! Part Two


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Luojie, Beijing, China

 


Bob Englehart


Paresh Nath, India


Dario Castillejos, Oaxaca, Mexico


Sean Delonas (yes, that Murder Hornet came from Japan.)


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Saudi Resignation

It seems that we get news of editorial cartoonists being laid off from newspaper jobs every couple of weeks, but it is unusual to hear of a cartoonist resigning from a rare newspaper job.

This week, our own Stephane Peray resigned from his job as the editorial cartoonist for the “Arab News” newspaper – a major daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia. Here is his letter of resignation, along with some of his cartoons that could not or would not run in Saudi Arabia. Some samples of Stephff’s cartoons about Saudi Arabia are below  

–Daryl

 

To the management of the Arab News and to my readers, from Stephane “Stephff” Peray,

I’ve been very happy to work for the past 10 years with the Arab News, the leading daily English language newspaper in Saudi Arabia. Today I made a decision to resign with the newspaper because, since the Khashoggi scandal, I have a problem with the moral issues involved with the cartoons that are allowed to reprinted in Saudi Arabia.

Of course, my editors at the Arab News are not responsible for the war in Yemen, or for the assassination of a Saudi dissident journalist, still I face a difficult dilemma in deciding if I should continue to work with any media in Saudi Arabia.

For the past months, for obvious reasons, the Arab News couldn’t use any of my cartoons that were relevant to the Khashoggi affair and couldn’t publish any of my cartoons that relate to the war in Yemen – a war that killed thousands of innocent Yemeni children. In recent days, the Arab News cannot use any of my cartoons about the Saudi teenage girl, Rahaf, who escaped from Saudi Arabia and asked for asylum in Australia.

Sometimes I draw cartoons about my French government that has no problem with selling weapons to the Saudi government, exposing the double standard of western countries when it comes to choosing between human rights and lucrative defense contracts. If I keep publishing cartoons in a Saudi newspaper that will never publish any controversial cartoons, am I not guilty of hypocrisy myself?

I am just a cartoonist. I do not earn much money and taking the decision to resign from the Arab News was painful because I need the income, but I firmly believe that I must resign.

So I tender my immediate resignation from my collaboration with Arab News and ask my editors to please accept my apologies for any inconvenience I am causing to them by my abrupt departure. Please understand this has nothing to do with editors at the Arab News.

Best,
Stephff



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Garage 7: TVtoons!!

Some 20+ years ago I drew a weekly, quasi-autobiographical comic strip called, “TVtoon!!” for the British national TV Guide/Entertainment magazine “TV Times” and a national TV guide magazine in Australia.
I changed our names, but it is clearly our family and my kids, Susie and Michael were 7 and 13 years old in the strip. Things have changed a lot in 20+ years – those were simpler times! Open each image in a new window for a bigger version.

 

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Newspaper Shakeup Down Under

Newspapers in the U.S. aren’t the only ones suffering from a steep decline in revenue as advertisers move online. Australian media company Fairfax, owners of Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, sent shockwaves through the country by announcing it would layoff 1,900 members of its staff and put its online versions behind a paywall.

I asked Aussie cartoonist Paul Zanetti (whom I syndicate through Cagle Cartoons) to sum up the latest for our American readers. Here’s what he wrote:

With Fairfax, there are a planned 1900 job losses. 1500 of these are from the Sydney and Melbourne printing plants – which are being sold off (who will buy if the majors are getting out of print?).

The rest of the job losses will be journalist redundancies (400) over all their titles. The plan is to go hard into digital and with a content pay wall.

This has been on the cards for years. I’m surprised it’s taken so long. It’s not that there’s no demand for news and information, which is as strong as ever. It’s the delivery method that’s changing. Information and news has to be instantaneous in this competitive and fast-moving world. Newspapers can’t compete with the internet, radio and TV (particularly cable TV).

Fairfax’s Greg Hywood seemed to be reacting to the inevitable, looking frightened at his news conference this week, with an air of gloom and doom.

In contrast, News Ltd’s Kim Williams looked relaxed and confident, when he announced yesterday a bid for another major media company and various future plans, saying, NEWS is not a newspaper company but a media company. He also added that NEWS sells 11 million newspapers a week (in a country of 22 million and Fairfax sells 3 million newspapers). Having said that, it’s the online ads, not circulation decline, affecting the bottom line.

The internet is changing, not just the newspaper industry, but retail, music, travel, local video / dvd stores, telecommunications etc.

We should embrace and move with change. It’s exciting. The internet provides opportunities for all. It’s a great equaliser putting more control and choices into the hands of the every man (and woman – and kid for that matter).

Those crying out for the status quo to remain, are the latter day luddites. The news media will continue to grow. Only the delivery will change.

I see the glass half full. Bring on the exciting future of media.

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Interview with Australian Cartoonist Peter Broelman

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Peter Broelman, the brilliant Australian cartoonist who has contributed to Cagle.com for years.

Australia is one of the great cartooning countries of the world. In fact, their cartooning association, the Australian Cartoonists’ Association, was formed in 1924 and is the oldest in the world.

I’ve always noticed that there’s a level of nastiness in Australian cartoons that well exceeds what we see in American cartoons, so I was curious what Peter thought about the difference.

“It’s a great place to cartoon,” Peter told me. “We just need more newspapers.”

Check out the interview here:

Here are some of Peter’s recent cartoons. View more of Peter’s fantastic cartoons here.

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Broelman, BBC and Palin!

Congratulations to my buddy, Peter Broelman, the brilliant Australian cartoonist who just swept both the best editorial cartoonist and cartoonist of the year prizes at the Stanley Awards!  See more of Peter’s cartoons here.

Before I left on my trip last month I did an interview for BBC World, which they posted as a talking cartoon slideshow.  It is interesting how little has changed since then as I could have given the same interview this week.  They did a nice job of mixing it up with appropriate international cartoons.  I sound a little too sleepy – I need to remember to pick it up a bit next time.  See and hear the interview here.

And here is my latest Sarah Palin cartoon, that I drew while watching her on Oprah today.