On 16 September, popular cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, a well-known critic of President Obiang's government, was arrested in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and has been arbitrarily held in preventive detention for 50 days without charge.
Join us in supporting Ramón Esono Ebalé by taking part in the #FreeNseRamon Twitter campaign to demand his immediate and unconditional release.
#EquatorialGuinea: Release detained #cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé immediately and unconditionally! #FreeNseRamon
On 16 September, popular cartoonist and activist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Ebalé's cartoons are widely recognized as being critical of President Obiang and other government officials. He has used his art, as well as his satirical blog called Las Locuras de Jamón y Queso to highlight social inequality in Equatorial Guinea.
Ebalé has won several awards for his work, and on 4 November, he was granted the CRNI Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning in absentia. You can find samples of his work here.
At the time of his arrest, Ebalé was interrogated about the nature of his drawings. However, during an appearance before a judge on 20 September, he was informed that he is being investigated for alleged money laundering and counterfeiting. Ebalé is now being held in preventive detention at Black Beach prison. After 50 days in prison, he has yet to be formally charged.
Want to do More?
Join Pen International in sending appeals calling on the authorities of Equatorial Guinea to:
- Immediately and unconditionally release Ramón Esono Ebalé
- Respect the right to freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Constitution of Equatorial Guinea and as per article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Equatorial Guinea is a state party
President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Avenida de la Libertad Malabo
Salutation: His Excellency
Please copy appeals to the diplomatic representative for Equatorial Guinea in your country if possible. A list of embassies can be found here.