DCMF announces winners of World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest

DCMF announces winners of World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest

DCMF received more than 200 entries from 47 countries for its inaugural DCMF World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest.


To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Doha Centre for Media Freedom organised a cartoon competition depicting the theme “Media Freedom” to honour the bravery and creativity of courageous cartoonists around the world.

After receiving 237 entries from 47 different countries, DCMF is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural DCMF World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest.

  1. Alby Letoy- 1st prize winner- Cash prize of $1500
  2. Hani Abbas- 2nd prize winner- Cash prize of $1000
  3. Abdel Naser Z.M. Al-Jafari- 3rd prize winner- Cash prize of $800

“I am very happy to have won the first prize. Cartoons have become a means of expression to protest and give critical opinions,” Alby Letoy told DCMF in an interview. “A drawing can be sensitive and cynical and always defend press freedom, a fundamental right too often violated.”

A jury comprising of five members, including award-winning cartoonists,was presided over by the Director of DCMF, Jan Keulen.

“Many of the entries we received for the contest depicted the struggle between the media and the powerful; the endless fight between journalists and authorities that don’t want the public to know the truth,” said Keulen.

Other distinguished members of the jury were Ali Ferzat, an award-winning Syrian cartoonist who suffered at the hands of the Syrian regime; Mohammed Abdullateef, cartoonist from the Qatari newspaper Al Raya, Shujaat Ali, cartoonist at Al Jazeera Network and Robert Russell, Executive Director of the Cartoonists Rights Network International.

Abdel Naser Z.M. Al-Jafari won the third place at the cartoon contest. His cartoon focussed on the restrictions facing online freedom of expression in GCC countries.

“Cartooning is a free and honest art where there is no room for courtesy or compromise,” Al-Jafari said. “Its message can reach a wide audience thanks to its easiness and its ability to overcome geographic frontiers.”

The highest number of entries were received from the MENA region and most of the cartoonists highlighted the threat to press freedom for print journalists or those working for TV.

“I am pleased to have participated in this competition and I am really happy to receive an award,” said Abbas, a Syrian cartoonist who is currently living in Beirut, and won the second prize at the contest. “Cartooning is an art that needs to be showcased.  Such competitions provides the cartoonists with a chance to express themselves freely.”

DCMF will host all the winners of the contest during the World Press Freedom Celebrations on May 1 in Doha.  Apart from the the top three winners, the jury  has nominated 25 cartoons that will be showcased in a cartoon exhibition on May 1.

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