About

Aseem Trivedi (born 17 February 1987) is a political cartoonist and activist, best known for his anti corruption campaign Cartoons Against Corruption. He is 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 Dec, 2011. He was arrested in Mumbai on 9 September 2012 on charges of sedition, related to the content of his work. 10 September 2012, Chairman Justice Markandey Katju of the Press Council of India, who is also a former Judge of Supreme Court of India defended Aseem Trivedi saying that "he did nothing illegal" and in a statement, he maintained that arresting a cartoonist or any other person who has not committed a crime, is itself a crime under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as it is a wrongful arrest and wrongful confinement. 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.

Now he is publishing 'Black & White', an online cartoon magazine for human rights. 'B&W' is an attempt to use cartoons in the campaigns to support the artist, bloggers, journalists and the HRDs, who are facing censorship, fake charges, unlawful detentions, unfair trial and inhuman sentences for their work in any part of the world.

Aseem was announced as the 2012 recipient of the "Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award" of Virginia based Cartoonists Rights Network International. He is sharing the award with Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, who was abducted and badly beaten in August, 2011 amid the Syrian regime’s crackdown. 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 in an Indian version of international TV show 'Big Brother'.