Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump goes viral

Cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump goes viral

But Michael de Adder, a freelance political cartoonist, claimed he ended up losing his job after major newspapers in New Brunswick, a province in southeastern Canada, dropped him when the cartoon went viral, the Independent reported.

Political cartoonist Michael de Adder claimed that he lost the contract due to the Trump image - but the company disputes his assertion.

"Michael de Adder has drawn many well-documented cartoons on Trump, they have however, systematically never been seen in the (Brunswick News) papers".

"But in the past two weeks I drew three Trump cartoons".

Tyrell connected Irving's dual ownership of Brunswick News and J.D. Irving, Limited and placed the blame for de Adder' situation on the billionaire's shoulders, noting that "whether the powers that be in America would make the connection between de Adder's cartoon and Brunswick News Inc doesn't matter".

The publication has, for a while, been censoring illustrations on Donald Trump, the cartoonist revealed on social media, saying that every cartoon he submitted of the USA president in the past year "was axed". He said "every Donald Trump cartoon I submitted in the past year was axed", so he stopped submitting them for "fear that I might be fired". In fact, BNI was not even offered this cartoon by Mr.de Adder.

"Does it matter if I was sacked over one Donald Trump cartoon when every Donald Trump cartoon I submitted in the past year was axed?" he said.

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It is entirely incorrect to suggest Brunswick News Inc. cancelled its freelance contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder due to a cartoon depicting Donald Trump now circulating on social media.

This raised some red flags for Wes Tyrell, president of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists. Earlier this month, The New York Times said it had made a decision to do away with editorial cartoons altogether following outrage over an errantly published an anti-Semitic cartoon in its global edition. The Times' announcement followed controversy and an apology from the publisher for an overseas cartoon mocking Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In April, Rogers was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial cartooning. Instead, the decision was weeks in the making, the company said, as it had already been negotiating with another cartoonist.

According to HuffPost Canda, Halifax-based de Adder's career began in 2000 and his work regularly appears in large-circulation newspapers.

He said the Telegraph Journal, The Daily Gleaner and The Times & Transcript all said they would no longer accept his work, but gave no reason for his dismissal.

But the biggest item is the flat denial from Brunswick News.

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