Badiucao “巴丢草”: The Pen is Mightier than the Gun

For his latest contribution, comments on the recent detention of veteran journalist Gao Yu on suspicion of “leaking state secrets.” In a speech accepting a journalism award in 2006, quoted Republican era journalist Shi Liangcai as saying, “You have a gun, but I have a pen.” In his drawing, Badiucao depicts a pen’s quill being placed in the barrel of a gun to show the power of free speech.

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword, by Badiucao for CDT:


Read also a CDT Q&A with Badiucao in which he discusses his artistic and personal influences. All Badiucao cartoons for CDT are available here