Political cartoonist and human rights activist
Aseem Trivedi is a political cartoonist and human rights defender, best known for his anti corruption campaign Cartoons Against Corruption. He is the publisher of Black & White, an online cartoon magazine for human rights and a founder member of Save Your Voice, a movement against internet censorship in India.
The website of his anti corruption campaign Cartoons Against Corruption was banned by Mumbai Police in 2011. He was arrested on Sep 8, 2012 in three charges including sedition (124A) and section 66 A of IT Act. Aseem has said that he would not apply for bail till sedition charges against him are dropped. His bail was granted with a personal bond of Rs. 5000 on the basis of an independent petition by a lawyer, who also asked the court to remove the accusations of sedition. Sedition charges were dropped later by Mumbai High Court and Section 66A of IT Act was scrapped by Supreme Court in March, 2015.
In 2015, he started Black & White, as an attempt to use cartoons in the campaigns to support the artist, bloggers, journalists and the human rights defenders, who are facing injustice and suppression for their work in any part of the world.