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Jonathan Guyer

Under Morsi, Red Lines Gone Gray

[The president and the chairman of the Armed Forces watch a video of kidnapped soldiers in Sinai. Dialogue reads: Morsi: “Look—they mentioned you.” Al-Sisi: “Yeah, they also mentioned you.” Source: Andeel, Al-Masry Al-Youm, 20 May 2013]

The job of political cartoonists is to push the envelope. But what happens when the size and shape of the envelope changes? That, in effect, is what has been happening ever since Hosni Mubarak was removed from power by the combination of a mass uprising and a military coup. Since then, the contours of permissible speech have been shifting constantly. This has led as much to confusion as it has to creativity. Cartooning has long been one of the pillars of the public ...

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Jonathan Guyer


Jonathan Guyer is associate editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Fulbright fellow researching political cartoons in Egypt. He blogs at Oum Cartoon.