The Jerusalem Press Club launched, for the fourth time, a competition among high-school students from all around the world, under the title “International Cartoon Competition“.
In May 3, 2019, World Press Freedom Day, We held the opening exhibition in which we announced the winners. The 25 best cartoons are displayed in the exhibition.
The terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo raised several questions: How to balance between criticism of religious and social institutions and personalities and the need not to hurt religious feelings too much? Should the freedom of the cartoonists be limited, because of the impact of their work upon certain audiences? Adults have been debating this heatedly. Maybe the youth, with their fresh outlook, expressed artistically in cartoons, could come up with surprising ideas.
In the recent months, a call for cartoons has been distributed throughout middle and high schools all around the world, inviting students to participate in this competition. The response was impressive, and we have received cartoons from many countries.
The jury of this competition included renowned Israeli and world cartoonists, including Prof. Michel Kischka from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Plantu, the famous cartoonist from Le Monde, Liza Donelly from The New Yorker and Cathy Wilcox from the Sydney Morning Herald.