What the Arrest of a Prominent Jordanian Cartoonist Says About the State of Satire in the Arab World

The course of renowned Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj’s decades-long career has not always run smoothly. Becoming the first local satirist to portray Jordan’s King Abdullah II in cartoon form in 2000 cost him his staff job at a government-owned newspaper. His persistent satirizing of Al Qaeda and ISIS brought death threats. And Amman’s general prosecutor collared him for questioning after a 2017 portrayal of Jesus Christ “disowning” the Greek Orthodox church offended some…

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