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Updated – Ali Ferzat Responds to His Beating in Syria

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Political cartoonist Ali Ferzat responded to the beating he received from Syrian pro-government forces.  This tweet went up not long ago.

It linked to this cartoon drawn by Ali Ferzat.  I think it says it all.

Ali Ferzat response

UpdateOver on his website Ali Ferzat the confusion has been cleared and the drawing was not done by Ferzat, but by a supporter.  The translation from the website, according to Google translate, is:

Dear friends, this is not a caricature of Mr. Ali Farzat fee and has no relation with it.  Therefore necessary to note, thank you.

A friend of Mr. Ali Farzat

Also, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists has condemmed the attack and are urging world governments to do the same.  Their statement:

As cartoonists, we are outraged at the pointed brutality of the attack on Mr. Ferzat. Breaking the hands of a cartoonist is more than an attack on one brave individual, it’s an attack on the right of a people to express themselves. It’s an act of a desperate regime foolishly thinking that its violence and efforts to intimidate will keep a cartoonist from criticizing the regime’s repressive behavior.

Instead, it only sets hundreds of hands to drawing the clear conclusion that those behind the brutal repression have lost all legitimacy.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker

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4 Comments on “Updated – Ali Ferzat Responds to His Beating in Syria”

  1. lou
    August 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Amid all the atrocities this cartoon was very funny. Cogratulations Mr Ferzat you got your point across, May Syria get rid of this dictatorship and be a peaceful free productive country.

  2. jojo-mofo
    August 27, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    This looks nothing like his artwork.

  3. August 27, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    This drawing is not by Ali Ferzat himself. There is a brief statement on his official website (ali-ferzat [dot] com) saying that he has no relation with it.

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