Xavier Bonilla

Xavier Bonilla, known by his pen name “Bonil,” is an Ecuadorian political cartoonist who has drawn for one of the largest daily newspapers in Ecuador, El Universo, for more than 20 years. Under former President Rafael Correa’s government, Bonil received numerous threats for his work, including fines and sanctions by government institutions and verbal assaults from Correa himself. In 2013, Bonil published a cartoon about a government raid on the apartment of a journalist who was critical of the president. As a result, he became the first person to be charged under a controversial new media regulation law that stifles dissent. Since Correa’s departure, Bonil has continued to draw and recently published a new book of cartoons.