Political cartoonists facing danger

Cartoonist Terry Anderson
Cartoonist Terry Anderson

Questions of liberty never go away - but liberty for what? And what are the implications for all of us?

In the light of recent events such as the assassination of the cartoonists from the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Paris and Brussels atrocities, the issues causing overwhelming refugee and migrant crises and our, and other countries, attitudes and actions towards those fleeing from fear and murderous regimes – the Chirnside David Hume Group is focusing on the notion of what ‘Liberty’ means for all those involved when it holds its annual dinner later this month.

Terry Anderson's 'Cartoonists Under the Boot' cartoon

Terry Anderson's 'Cartoonists Under the Boot' cartoon

The issues may not seem so clear or straight forward as when Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress at the end of the second world war, stressing, that now Fascism and Nazism had been overcome in Europe, people in all nations of the world should share Americans’ entitlement to four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression; freedom for people to worship in their own way; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. But how do these precious and coveted freedoms that are a mark of civilisation, play out in our current climate?

What is liberty and freedom? What isn’t it? What do ‘liberation processes’ actually imply? And whose liberty are we talking about? Do we have real choice? If we do, how do we choose and what are the implications of different choices? And what happens when one person’s ‘liberty’ infringes another’s? Are there different ways in which liberty can be understood and brought into practice so that everyone can enjoy their own freedoms?

At this year’s David Hume Dinner at Chirnside Hall Hotel on Saturday, April 23, Terry Anderson from Cartoonists’ Rights Network International will talk about the difficulties and dangers faced by cartoonists who live and work in repressive regimes where their lives are in jeopardy due to their work and why he considers the Charlie Hebdo murders to be of a different nature. The title of his talk is ‘Cartoonists Under The Boot’.

He will be followed by Michael Bavidge, president of the Philosophical Society of England who will lead his audience through different ways of considering the meaning and meanings of liberty, under the heading ‘Liberty in Troubled Times’.

Michael Bavidge, president of the Philosophical Society of England

Michael Bavidge, president of the Philosophical Society of England

If you’d like to attend the event at the Chirnside Hall Hotel, please book a place by sending a cheque for £33/head to The David Hume Group, Ninewells House, Chirnside, Duns, Scottish Borders TD11 3XF. For more information email Carol: jeffersondavies@gmail.com