Caricature Culture in Afghanistan

Caricatures are a way many artists express the impact political, cultural, and other events have made on their minds. In Afghanistan, Caricatures are intensely censored, and in 2014, there were 500 daily newspapers, weeklies and other newspapers in which caricatures were barely printed. Most Caricaturists prefer to post Caricatures on their Facebook accounts or their specific blogs under nicknames instead of publications due to their limited freedom in the press.

In my recent interview with Masood Hasanzada, who has 10 years’ experience in Caricaturing, he commented that because of a Fundamentalist breach and disability of understanding Political Caricatures, Caricaturists are forced to do Self-censoring. He says, “When I was working for a newspaper; at that year Osama Bin Laden died but most of Afghans were mourning in here so I made a caricature of it, but my Manager made me edit it three times.


”This Caricature discusses Gulbudin Hekmatyar, who had a brutal history as Prime Minister in 1971, Known as Rocket-yar*. He signed a ceasefire between the President of Afghanistan and the Islamic Party, allowing him to come back in Afghanistan, and is mostly known for his 2000 RPG fired on Kabul in one night, causing more than 10,000 casualties. We signed our own Dead Proclamation!




Taliban government, asking the driver; “How much you will pay to buy your car from me?” Shows the cruelty of the Taliban

-Mustafa K.                                                                                                                             

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