About

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 HRDs, who are facing injustice and suppression for their work in any part of the world.

In 2016, Aseem did a multi city speaker tour across Europe, which was organized by Front Line Defenders, an international human rights organization based in Ireland. He talked about his work and experience as a cartoonist and HRD in a number of public events hosted by many prestigious international organizations like English Pen, Index On Censorship, Reporters Without Borders and many more.

He was announced as the 2012 recipient of the "Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award" of Virginia based Cartoonists Rights Network International. He shared the award with Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat. He was also nominated for the Freedom of Expression Awards 2013 by free speech organization Index on Censorship.

He was also a contestant in a reality TV show Bigg Boss (season 6), which is an Indian version of international TV show 'Big Brother'.