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Press Freedom and Cartoons in Slovakia
Daryl Cagle compares and contrasts the ethical rules regarding staff cartoonists in the US vs in Slovakia:
Shooty is certainly no fan of Fico, a former communist who clings to his totalitarian roots. In the last election Shooty made a plea for donations on his Facebook page and raised over 60,000 euros for a billboard campaign against Fico, renting space for his anti-Fico cartoons on close to 200 billboards throughout the country. Fico’s coalition lost the election by the narrowest margin – narrow enough that Shooty can be credited with tipping the election away from the knuckle-dragging past to a more progressive parliament. Many see Shooty as one of the most important voices in Slovakia.
This got me thinking about msnbc’s Keith Olbermann. I’m the editorial cartoonist for msnbc.com and I work under the same ethical rules as Olbermann, who was famously booted off the air for a short time because he made modest donations to three Democratic candidates in the last election, without msnbc’s prior approval, in violation of msnbc’s ethical rules. Media organizations in America often have rules that restrict the political activities of their journalists. Shooty is held up as a hero for activities that likely wouldn’t be allowed if he were working as a newspaper editorial cartoonist in the USA. I’m struck by the irony.