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Artists launch 'draw-in' campaign over jailed Tunisia cartoonist

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:30 PM
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TUNIS (AFP) - Artists from a dozen countries on Tuesday launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" Mejri in support of the Tunisian jailed in 2012 for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed online.

The launch of the campaign comes nearly two weeks after Tunisia adopted a new constitution that guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and expression.

"While freedom of expression and conscience are guaranteed in this founding text, the continued detention of Jabeur Mejri is contrary to the spirit and the text of the constitution," the support committee for Mejri said in a statement.

As part of the campaign artists have posted dozens of drawings and cartoons online (www.100dessinspourjabeur.org), some of which are aimed directly at Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, who has failed to use his prerogative to pardon the young man.

 
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