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    Web News - Cartoonists rally in support of jailed Tunisian

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    In this edition: cartoonists’ campaign for the release of a jailed Tunisian; NGOS alarmed by the humanitarian situation in South Sudan; and a video of a French man's seven month trip around the world.
    Artists from a number of countries have come together to launch the « 100 drawings for Jabeur » online campaign in support of Jabeur Mejri, a Tunisian man sentenced to seven and half years in prison in 2012 for sharing cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed on Facebook.
    Dozens of artists have drawn pictures depicting the issues behind his imprisonment and calling for his immediate release. Web users are encouraged to share the pictures on social networks; the president Moncef Marzouki features rather prominently, as the artists feel he should have pardoned Jabeur Mejri.
    The campaign comes ahead of the promulgation of the new constitution on February 7, which will be attended by a number of foreign officials. But as the instigators of the online campaign say, this founding text is supposed to guarantee freedom of expression, so keeping Jabeur Mejri in jail, as a prisoner of conscience, is quite simply unacceptable.
    This is not the only online initiative in support of Jabeur Mejri. Several NGOS, including Amnesty International, are regularly campaigning for his freedom. Strong mobilization but the Tunisian authorities have yet to revoke the ruling.
    The Red Cross has reported that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated further and is trying to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of residents affected by the crisis which began around two months ago. The UN estimates some 860,... Go on reading on our web site.

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