Above: a drawing of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, "one of the best-known cartoonists in the Arab world," who was beaten by Syrian security, burned with cigarettes, his fingers broken. He was left on the side of the road to die. His cartoons had been critical of President Bashar al-Assad. He is hospitalized in Kuwait.
Editorial cartoonist Bado writes about the Arab Spring and the bravery of cartoonists.
Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra:
“Not so long ago, no one dared draw a king, a president or even a deputy. Today cartoonists have been let loose, it’s total freedom.”