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January 9, 2015
We are Charlie: Defending the freedom of expression

Illustration by Belaid Boumid for AIPS
LAUSANNE, January 9, 2015 - Often a man of few words but many illustrations, Belaid Boumidís captures the feeling of the AIPS members, cartoonists and the world press at large, in strongly condemning the massacre of the journalists at the Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris.

Boumid's sketch sends a clear message that the attack on the French satirical magazine was an assault on the freedom of Press and expression.

Boumid is the immediate former president of AIPS Africa and is now a honorary member of the continental section.

He is among the most famous cartoonists from Morocco. Since 1977, he worked for leading newspaper Al Bayan and is also the author of the Gadfly collection of caricatures of Morocco, published in 2000. He has over the years being among Africaís leading sports cartoonists who have sought to highlight the important role caricature plays in bringing out humour without distorting the message.

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