Press freedom

French comic warrior Asterix enlisted to defend press freedom

The 68th Reporters Without Borders album starring Astérix.
The 68th Reporters Without Borders album starring Astérix. © 2021 Les Éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo

Astérix, the famous French comic strip hero, is the new star of the latest Reporters Without Borders (RSF) book, published on Thursday. 


"With the support of the Éditions Albert René and the commitment of Anne Goscinny, Ada Uderzo and Sylvie Uderzo, Reporters Without Borders has chosen the most emblematic series of Franco-Belgian comics to convey its values," the NGO said in a statement.

The famous little warrior Asterix and his companions, created by the duo Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny, "have been urging us for more than 60 years to say no to all forms of oppression, without ever giving up our joie de vivre", "a vision that RSF shares", the organisation said.

The RSF portfolio, which sells for 9.90 euros in newsstands and bookshops, was published on 21 October, along with the new album Asterix and the Griffin.

Cover of the 68th RSF & Astérix album
Cover of the 68th RSF & Astérix album © 2021 Les Éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo

In addition to vignettes on the emblematic Gauls, it includes previously unpublished texts by historian Bruno Fuligni, the director of the Albert René publishing house, Céleste Surugue, and Asterix specialist Nicolas Rouvière.

The proceeds from sales of the portfolio, which represent 30 percent of RSF's budget, will be donated in full to the NGO.

Founded in 1985, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders defends the freedom, independence and pluralism of journalism around the world. With consultative status at the United Nations and Unesco, the organisation has 12 offices around the world and correspondents in 130 countries.

It provides concrete assistance to journalists in the field, such as mobilisation campaigns, legal and material aid, physical safety devices and tools (bulletproof vests, helmets, practical guides and insurance) and digital protection.

The organisation, headed by Christophe Deloire, is renowned for the annual publication of its World Press Freedom Index.

(with AFP)

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