A direct and funny route to getting the picture and provoking discussion
Cartoons are a playful, attractive and popular art form, triggering discussion in a direct and unique way.
One of RNW’s cartoon projects is 360 Degrees, a successful cross-media partnership between Cartoon Movement, the RNW Arab Desk and RNW media partners in Egypt, Yemen and Morocco.
360 Degrees cartoons are created on the basis of tweets from the audience who then discuss the illustrations on social media and other forums.
The project offers perspectives from the Arab World set against perspectives from other continents on a range of social themes, thus presenting a 360 degree view of the issues.
"A picture is worth a thousand words" – cartoons reduce complex matters to simple visuals and bring a light-hearted edge to serious themes, thus facilitating debate.
The projects connect communities, crossing many cultural boundaries. They offer a wide variety of perspectives on political and social themes.
The 360 Degrees project tested a new formula involving tweet-based cartoons, websites and social media from various continents.
Where and who
Cartoons are a key aspect of visual expression in the Arab World, Africa and Latin America. The websites and Facebook pages of RNW’s Africa and Latin America desks run weekly cartoons on topical issues produced by local artists.
The Arab Desk’s 360 Degrees partnership had two active partners in Egypt: Masrawy en Al-Masry Al-Youm. Other partners include Hespress in Morocco, Al Sharq in Saudi Arabia and Almasdar online in Yemen.
The Africa desk works with Cartooning for Peace Foundation, Caric’actu and on and offline cartoon magazine Kata Kata
The Latin American desk works with Mexican cartoon blogger Victor Velez
All cartoons draw considerable response on social media, particularly from youngsters.
360 Degrees cartoons posted on RNW’s provoked more interaction than plain text posts.
“Freedom of opinion, freedom of cult, freedom of thought, all of them are more important than water or air, and without it life has no meaning.”
Author A.Hossam ElDin (@ahmed7osam1989) from Egypt on Twitter
Each week in 360 Degrees, the best “cartoonised” tweets were chosen and the winners received either a high-quality art print of the cartoon or a t-shirt with the cartoon on it.
Watch in action
360 Degrees, the successful cross-media partnership between Cartoon Movement, the RNW Arab Desk and RNW media partners in Egypt, Yemen and Morocco gets new cartoons every day. Check them out on
"Cartoon of the Week" showcases one of RNW’s cartoonists from Africa making a comment on the news of the week.
Cartoons from Humor Político on RNW’s Latin America Desk take a satirical view of the continent.