Speech Bubbles: Comics and Political Cartoons in Sisi’s Egypt

Source: The Century Foundation
Author(s): Jonathan Guyer

Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/speech-bubbles/


In print and online, Egyptian cartoonists have created sites of political dissent in defiance of a state-sponsored crackdown on opposition movements, public protest, and free speech. Based on analyses of cartoons and interviews with the artists, this chapter argues that cartoonists have expanded the red lines of acceptable discourse by forging workarounds and challenging official censorship. In the absence of traditional spaces for free speech and political dissent, cartoonists serve as a vanguard for pushing the envelope, opening opportunities to criticize authoritarianism and abuses of power by the state…

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