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18 July 2020

Cypher Comics

In July 2020, Front Line Defenders launched Cypher (@cypher_comics on Instagram), a digital comics magazine that advances the organization’s storytelling and narrative framing work in collaboration with and in support of HRDs. Working with artists from around the world, including the award-winning visual storyteller, Beldan Sezen, as creative director, the ’zine is a monthly publication featuring stories of HRDs, their work and the challenges they face.

If you are interested in an annual subscription to receive printed editions of Cypher, please email, with 'Subscription' in the subject line, and you will be sent more information about options.

Download Cypher Edition 03 (PDF)

Download Cypher Edition 03 (Epub)

Cypher - Edition 03

India 1
  HRDs - Anti-CAA protesters
  Artist - Neelima
India 2
  HRDs - HRDs in Bhima Koregaon case
  Artist - "Just Some Regular Cowards"
  HRDs - No-TAP Movement
  Artist - Bambi Kramer
  HRD - 'Jorge Maldonado'
  Artist - Sacha Lebákov





Cypher 02 features an audio interview with Palestinian HRD and artist Hafez Omar - listen to the interview by clicking on the 'Hafez Talks' buttons when viewing the comcis in the 'zine viewer below (the PDF file does not support the audio files).

Download Cypher Edition 02 PDF (no audio)

Download Cypher Edition 02 Epub (w/audio)

Cypher - Edition 02

  HRD - Hafez Omar
  Artist - Hafez Omar
Puerto Rico
  HRD - Shariana Ferrer-Núñez
  Artist - Rosa Colón Guerra
Hong Kong
  HRD - Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
  Artist - A. Li





Download Cypher Edition 01 (PDF)

Download Cypher Edition 01 (Epub)

Cypher - Edition 01

  HRD - Ruth Mumbi
  Artist - Nomes Dee
  HRD - Idris Khattak
  Artist - anonymous
  HRD - Egna Legna
  Artist - Pascale Ghazaly
  HRD - Rosa Luz
  Artist - Lyvia Emanuelly



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