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Zapiro won the 2012 International Publishers Association Award

Satirist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, has been named the 2012 recipient of the great International Publishers Association (IPA) award for Freedom to Publish. This is received for his bravery and courage in upholding the freedom to publish his feelings and commentary on whatever way he wants to, political-satire. He’s one of the greatest Cartoonists the country has ever had in his generation – someone who published without fear of being reprimanded.

He was even summoned by the country’s president about the controversial cartoons he portrayed of him. But Zapiro kept his commentary flowing and expressed his freedom with the most controversial shower on the president’s head cartoon.

This is what he had to say about the award, “It is an honour to receive such a meaningful award, one that has previously been given to courageous writers and activists under threat all over the world and to receive it right now in South Africa is of particular significance to me. The African National Congress, the very movement that brought democracy to South Africa, now as the ruling party responds to criticism by curtailing the spread of information and by stifling freedom of expression. Journalists, whistle-blowers, corruption-busters, cultural activists and even judges have been targeted. Politicians who demand that artists and writers conform will find that many of us consider it our duty to be patriotic sceptics.”

Congratulations Zapiro and South Africa for having such a brave Cartoonist…

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