Political cartoonists took their form of expression to the European Parliament on May 3, appearing before the human rights subcommittee to argue what they do helps reach people in a way words can’t. Cartoonists Jean Plantu of France, Ali Dilem of Algeria and others took part in a United Nations-sponsored “Cartooning for Peace” project and debated freedom of expression with lawmakers on World Press Freedom Day. Judging by the outcry that followed the publication of sketches of the Prophet Mohammed and an exhibition of “Holocaust” cartoons in Iran, there was a feeling among critics that political cartooning is not a good way to build understanding between cultures, but the project and exhibit aimed to prove otherwise. In the words of its founder, Plantu, the initiative was to show that “there is a way to continue being critical, forceful and penetrating without hatred and, above all, without such a marked disrespect for the religious convictions of believers and non-believers alike.”  “Our work is a little like a barometer that measures freedom of expression,” said Plantu. For Dilem, the barometer seems invulnerable to (political) pressure. When he depicted the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a cartoon, Dilem “had Bouteflika and the whole Algerian army on his back”, noted Plantu. As Dilem himself remarked, “I have been arrested five times, but I will continue to speak out against things I find unacceptable.”