Political cartoonists discuss responsibility at UN

October 17, 2006 02:58


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Political cartoonists met at the United Nations to discuss their responsibilities and the pressures they face, which were highlighted by the Muslim outrage over a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. More than 15 cartoonists from Denmark, the Middle East, the US, Africa and other countries, drew a fine line between freedom of expression and respecting religious beliefs during a daylong program Monday on their changing profession entitled "Cartooning for Peace: The responsibility of political cartoonists?" Cartoons "can encourage us to look critically at ourselves, and increase our empathy for the sufferings and frustration of others," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in opening remarks to the UN seminar. "But they can also do the opposite. They have, in short, a big responsibility."

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