“While the new technologies are so promising we are now living in a space of communication, digitized and globalized, which falls within the “jungle of information”. Gold in the jungle, it should come as no surprise, the predators have kept their law,” said Christophe Deloire. The secretary-general of Reporters without borders, the guardian of the freedom of the press since 2012, has written a delightful preface to the book through the Jungle of info. A publication born out of the collaboration of the association of political cartoonists Cartooning for Peace founded by Plantu and editions Gallimard.
Cartooning for Peace
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The book relays the impertinence and humor corrosive nature of the cartoonist through a sixty drawings denouncing the threats to the journalist profession. Fake news, influence of exponential social networks, dominance of marketing on the editorial… Christophe Deloire recalls in his text, the urgency of preserving the information to be free and independent, “but there is a real danger of the spread of self-censorship in newsrooms” he lamented during the presentation of the work in the premises of the RSF last week.
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in the Face of the meanderings of those who want to ensure a quality, reliable information, the role of the cartoonist is critical, “because the predators of the press freedom to which he is opposed, obviously have no humor and that the media need political cartoonists to help them take a step back,” said the secretary-general.
The drawings gathered in The jungle of the info did not spare anyone, journalists included. Le Figaro offers a selection of five of them excerpts of the book, with the comments of Christophe Deloire.
● Fake news and misinformation, drawing Morin “The non-fake news: Trump, best president of all time!”, United states
Cartooning for Peace/Morin (United States)
“The phrase’ fake news keeps coming back to in the mouth of Donald Trump, who has won the us presidential election on November 9, 2016. A way to sweep of a reverse of hand the critics of the press. The president of the United States, however, is himself a past master in the art of stating false or incomplete information. The Washington Post , which indexes counter-truths, deceptive statements, or exaggerations of Trump since the beginning of its mandate, has estimated that, on average, the president sets out to 7.5 per day.”
● the Internet and social networks, drawing Osama Hajjaj, Jordan
Cartooning for Peace/ Osama Hajjaj
“We can estimate that social networks reflect a greater freedom of expression, but democracy has always been assumed pluralism, media independence and the clear distinction between the types of the materials (information or advertisement) for citizens to exercise their free will.”
● Media and power, drawing by Joep Bertrams, the “independent Press”, the netherlands
Cartooning for Peace/Joep Bertrams
“The hunting of media criticism conducted in Turkey by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan peaks since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016. The state of emergency allowed the authorities to liquidate dozens of media, reducing pluralism to a handful of newspapers harassed, and low draw. The censorship of the Internet and social networks reached also new levels.”
● Marketing and audiences, drawing of Kap, Spain
Cartooning for Peace/Kap
“The journalists should not consider information as a commercial product, but to present the facts impartially, disregarding their own interests, and rejecting any form of collusion or conflict of interest.”
● Journalist, a profession at risk, drawing Brandan, “Note the large areas where the press is free… international Day of the freedom of the press”, South Africa
Cartooning for peace/ Brandan
“freedom of information has many faces on the african continent, where co-exist both the press and a flourishing of Senegal and the silence of the private media in Eritrea. Despite a wave of liberalization in the 1990s, the censorship is still very present, especially on the Internet with cuts ad-hoc network in some countries, arrests of journalists and attacks violent, often in the greatest impunity.”
In the jungle of the info , a collection Cartooning for peace, editions Gallimard, 12 euros.