Riz Khan
Political cartoonists
Those behind political cartoons can face violence, threats and censorship.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2007 14:24 GMT

  The publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed
led to demonstrations across the world [AP]
Cartoons are supposed to be funny, but for political cartoonists, they can be dangerous as well.

Each year cartoonists all over the world endure violence, threats, censorship and legal challenges because of the power and influence of their work. They get into trouble by drawing about current affairs and human rights abuses.

On Wednesday, Riz speaks with South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, who started out by satirising apartheid-era figures like the former president, PW Botha.

Recently 'Zapiro' has been sued for millions by a politician in his country.

He will receive the 'Courage in Editorial Cartooning' award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International later this week.

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