by Chris Newbould on May 28, 2012
Two of the Arab world’s most influential and inspirational caricaturists have begun showcasing their take on regional developments through daily cartoons on Sky News Arabia’s website, w//w.skynewsarabia.com.
Syrian Ali Ferzat and Jordanian Emad Hajjaj create exclusive artwork for the channel, shedding light on socio-political and economic issues affecting the Arab world in what is a first among regional news channels which usually rely on sourcing cartoons from third parties.
The award-winning artists regularly address social, policital and economic issues through satirical cartoons that resonate with both domestic and international audiences due to their universal appeal. Sky News Arabia’s partnership with Ferzat and Hajjaj sees the artists providing daily caricatures that are exclusively published on the channel’s website and do not appear in any media other than the artists personal blogs and websites.
Syrian born Ferzat has established himself not only as one of the region’s most distinguished artists, but also as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2012. Ali currently serves as the head of the Arab Cartoons Association and has had more than 15,000 caricatures published to date.
Remarking on the agreement with Sky News Arabia, Ali Ferzat said: “I am delighted to be working with Sky News Arabia alongside Emad Hajjajj. It was the channel’s advanced multimedia platforms and its new method of news reporting in region that encouraged me to enter such an agreement with the channel. I believe that Sky News Arabia’s website and channel will set a new standard of news reporting that other media outlets will follow.”
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