Zapiro on his art

The brilliant – and often controversial – South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, has been under fire again recently for his portrayal of the country’s president-in-waiting Jacob Zuma. He has on occasion referred to himself as a ‘visual columnist’, using his art to contribute to debate in South Africa’s public sphere. In an interview with CNN he explains his views on free speech (even defending the problematic Danish cartoons that caused uproar when they were published in Jyllands Posten a few years ago) and talks about the criticism he receives from South African politicians and religious groups.


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