The cartoon in question depicted Prime Minister Omar Razzaz in a pose with reference to the situation of George Floyd’s death in the USA on 25 May 2020.
Alkhateeb received messages condemning the cartoon and calling for his criminal prosecution. The cartoonist was advised to remove the artwork in case of possible prosecution.
He removed the cartoon from Facebook on 1 June.
“This is not a post to justify the situation or to explain the artwork, many who follow me here and are aware of my work know the invalidity of the charges that have been made about my work and my person,” Alkhateeb said in his statement published on Facebook.
Freemuse provides a Digital Toolkit, which can serve as a guide for artists facing censorship and harassment online. It defines clear steps that could be used in these situations.