Cartoonists attending the World Press Freedom Day at Addis Ababa proclaimon a five point declaration that underlines on the recognition of cartooning as a fundamental Right.
The declaration has been drawn up and signed by more than 200 of the most recognized international cartoonists and it was proclaimed officially following a round table organized by Cartooning for Peace and UNESCO in the presence of 26 cartoonists form around the world who support the process.
It states that the freedom to draw is a fundamental right that is recognized in international human rights instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human rights. It opposes all threat or pressure of any kind to the cartoonist and proposes for a specific report to be summited each year to the UNESCO General Directorate and transmitted to member states.
The declaration calls upon member states and international community to open processes of discussion and reflection on “the right to satire and irreverence”. It makes a request for UNESO to establish an International Day of Cartooning and to transmit the declaration to the international community at the next UNESCO General Conference.
The drafters urge UNESCO member states to support this declaration so that it becomes a commitment among all member states. A call for signature will also be send out to all cartoonists, media outlets, associations, journalists and press cartoonists.