International Cartoon Day
History of the Cartoon Day
On 17 September 2007, a cartoon titled Naam (Name) was published in the 431st edition of Alpin (Bengali: আলপিন), a featured supplement of the Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo.
The cartoon, by 20-year-old cartoonist Arifur Rahman, featured a conversation between an elderly man and a boy.
Because of this drawing, there was a huge demonstration against cartoonist and the cartoon.
On 18 September The government banned the cartoon and the sale of the 431st issue and instructed the authorities to seize all printed copies while urging the public to exercise self-restraint, and arrested Arifur Rahman.
The cartoonist lost the job and was arrested, tortured and imprisoned for six months and two days.
Cartooning is not a crime. Show the solidarity to freedom of speech.