Ali Ferzat is a Syrian political cartoonist known for his satirical caricatures. More than 15,000 of his cartoons have been published in Arabic-language and international newspapers. When the Syrian uprising began in 2011, Ferzat’s cartoons became increasingly critical of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and the brutality of the regime’s crackdown. In August 2011, masked gunmen assaulted Ferzat and broke both of his hands and his fingers, a clear message of intimidation and retaliation for his work. Ferzat recovered from the attack and continues to produce political cartoons. He is the head of the Arab Cartoonists’ Association. In 2011, Ferzat was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.