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Exhibit Highlights Importance of Freedom of Expression

April 16, 2012 – The Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes exhibit launched today at City Hall emphasizes the need for editorial cartoons that bring attention to important issues in Thunder Bay and around the world.

“These award-winning cartoons comment on current news events using humour and caricature,” said John Hannam, City Clerk. “Freedom of expression is as important to editorial cartoonists as it is to every other member of the media.”

Freedom of expression doesn’t exist in countries with repressive regimes and even in some democratic countries. In these areas, editorial cartoonists may be threatened with violence by those wishing to silence them. Humour and subtle messages are often used to escape the attention of censors.

The exhibit has been travelling to various cities thanks to the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. On display until May 15, the cartoons were brought to Thunder Bay by the Chronicle-Journal.

“A special thank you to Colin Bruce and the Chronicle-Journal for bringing this insightful exhibit to Thunder Bay,” Hannam said.

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Contact:   John Hannam, City Clerk, 625-2238