Pedro X. Molina, an acclaimed political cartoonist and a leader in Nicaragua’s opposition-in-exile, will take part in an Amnesty International USA panel on censorship and press freedom on Tuesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. EDT. Pedro, who was ICOA’s seventh artist-in-residence, is now an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at Cornell University’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. Register here.
Here is the write-up from our friends at AI:
Each year during Banned Books Week, Amnesty International draws attention to people around the world who have been imprisoned, threatened, or murdered because of their writing, art, or other published work. In solidarity with the American Library Association (ALA) and organizations across the U.S. and around the world, Amnesty activists work to fight challenges to freedom of expression.
Censorship in the 21st century involves suppression of books, news, and social media. Around the world, governments are trying to control the internet through cyber-censorship and surveillance. Using sophisticated technology to silence, spy on, harass and track critical voices, there is an increase in governments targeting individuals and journalists.Join us and hear from an incredible panel of speakers, including:
- Andrew Fandino, Senior Program Officer for the Individuals at Risk Program at Amnesty International USA
- Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
- Jonathan Hernandez Perez, Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibilotecologicas in Mexico & Governing Board Member of the International Federation of Library Associations
- Pedro Molina, Cartoonist and Illustrator from Nicaragua with more than 20 years of experience working for media in Nicaragua and worldwide
- María Luz Noches, Journalist & Opinion Editor, El Faro in El Salvador