A call to support imprisoned cartoonist ‘Eaten Fish’

© Martin Rowson

#addafish to our virtual shoal and help the fight to free fellow cartoonist #EatenFish from misery and degradation.

Iranian cartoonist ‘Eaten Fish’, until recently on hunger strike, has been protesting his imprisonment since 2013 in the notorious Australian-run detention facility at Manus Island. (See Blog passim.)

Now, thanks to an inspired idea from PCO committee member Glenn Marshall, cartoonists from all around the world are using social media to highlight the award-winning artist’s plight, contributing cartoons at #addafish to create a virtual shoal. You’ll see a few of the submissions from fellow PCO members here but there is still plenty of room in the shoal for more, especially from waters closer to home.

© Bill Stott


© Roger Penwill

The imprisoned cartoonist has given himself the pen name ‘Eaten Fish’ in reference to his detention on the island: ‘I’m like a fish bone… Gotten from the sea. Eaten and thrown away for so long.’

Eaten Fish continues to protest over ongoing maltreatment and the failure of the authorities to deal with his case, along with the threat of deportation in the near future.

© Andrew Birch

© Mike Turner

© Glenn Marshall

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has offered his support to the cartoonist, calling the process around Eaten Fish’s refugee application a ‘joke’ and calling for his immediate release. He says:

“Eaten Fish is petrified of being moved from his supported accommodation back into the general area, and petrified of being returned to Iran and executed.”

© The Surreal McCoy


© Jeremy Banx

“His refugee determination status process was an absolute joke. During the determination he was so unwell that he was unable to present his case. All of this has been documented. It’s taken Eaten Fish a year to talk about his experience, but now he wants people to know what’s going on.”

Thanks to efforts globally, this is now happening. Leading professional cartoonists in the UK and around the world (France, US and Australia) along with concerned amateurs, are filling the internet with cartoon fish of every kind.

© Rupert Besley


© Wilbur Dawbarn

© Noel Ford

Eaten Fish thanked those who have contributed thus far with this poignant message:

‘Thank you for being my voice to the world.’

Please #addafish to the shoal and help make that voice louder. Thank you.




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