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Book of cartoons lampoon corruption

Update: June, 24/2015 - 09:00
Traditional Festival. A caricature by Le Phuong
HA NOI – A book of about 200 cartoons mocking corrupt officials was released last Saturday in the capital city.

The cartoons, done by 26 amateur and professional painters from different parts of the country, are presented in a book called Tuyen Tap Tranh Biem Hoa Quan Tham (Caricature Collection Mocking Greedy Officials).

It uses irony and humour to lampoon State officials engaging in corruption and wastage.

A caricature by Vu Thanh Hien depicting a corrupted official.

"The 200 cartoons chosen for the book reflect as many views of artists on various issues in 12 sectors like education, healthcare, construction, traffic and power," said Mai Phan Loi, head of Ha Noi bureau of HCM City Law newspaper, which has supported the book's publication along with the Centre for Community Education via Media.

"The artists have exaggerated and generalised burning issues."

Another caricature by Vu Thanh Hien depicting a State official riding on top of ordinary people.

"I hope each caricature becomes a bullet that hits corrupt people," said artist Nguyen Diep Thanh, who works for the Nghe An newspaper.

The book launching ceremony was held at Khuyen Club on Van Phuc Street. Some of the contributing artists interacted with the audience during the event.

A caricature by Ha Xuan Nong, which ironically depicts huge profit that a company chief gets in contrast with meagre incomes of workers and the benefit of the whole company.

Khuyen Club is a journalists' club with that has hundreds of amateurs and professional members. Established a year ago, the club has so far hosted 20 talk shows for journalists to share their experiences with the public. — VNS

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