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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

October 2, 2017
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Graphic Novelist Still Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

Political cartoonist and graphic novelist Ramón Esono Ebalé, who was arrested September 16 in his native country of Equatorial Guinea, remains detained without charge long past the time allowed by law. Although he has been questioned about his work critical of the country’s dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, it seems authorities now may intend to…

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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 21, 2017
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Political Cartoonist Held Without Charge in Equatorial Guinea

A political cartoonist and graphic novelist originally from Equatorial Guinea was arrested last week in the capital city of Malabo and is being held without charge. Ramón Esono Ebalé, who now lives in Paraguay, had briefly returned to his native country in order to renew his passport. According to Human Rights Watch, Ebalé was arrested…

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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

December 19, 2016
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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

For the second time in less than a month, Malaysian police arrested political cartoonist Zunar. Last month it was at an exhibition of his cartoons in Penang; this time it was a “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser, book signing, and live sketch session in Kuala Lumpur. Zunar has now been released on bail after eight hours…

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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

November 28, 2016
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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

It’s been an eventful weekend for Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist facing nine separate charges of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison. First, on Friday his new cartoon exhibit was stormed by an angry mob of government supporters displeased by his frequent criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Riot police…

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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

November 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

Political cartoonist Musa Kart was among more than a dozen staff members arrested in yet another raid on a Turkish media outlet yesterday, the latest development in a government crackdown on the press following a failed coup attempt by some members of the military in July. This time the target was Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s…

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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

June 21, 2016
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Hong Kong Bookseller Speaking Out on Eight-Month Detention in China

Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who mysteriously disappeared late last year and were presumed to be in the custody of mainland Chinese authorities have returned to the semi-autonomous region, but only one is speaking openly what happened to them. Lam Wing Kee is speaking out about his eight-month ordeal, confirming that he was…

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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

June 6, 2016
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Malaysian Artist Charged for Viral Image of PM as Clown

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza is facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak in clown makeup, an image that originally appeared online but has since proliferated in street art throughout the capital of Kuala Lumpur. After learning of those charges on Friday, Fahmi and three other activists including comic artist Arif Rafhan Othman were…

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Dutch Journalist Arrested For Calling Turkish President “The Most Megalomaniac Dictator”

April 28, 2016
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempts to censor journalists and cartoonists doesn’t extend just to Turkish citizens: When she tried to leave Turkey this past Sunday, Dutch journalist Ebru Umar was arrested and brought before a judge for tweets she posted about President Erdogan. Umar was arrested after some of her tweets regarding a recent article she wrote about Erdogan…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

April 25, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Makhlouf Arrested in Pre-Demonstration Crackdown

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf was among dozens of people arrested late last week in advance of planned street protests today. After being held overnight and released without charge early Friday morning, he said on Facebook that his high profile may have saved him, but “others who are less lucky and have nothing to do with politics…

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Two Indian Men Arrested For Sharing Satirical Image

March 25, 2016
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RSS Chief

Two young men from the Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh, India, have been arrested for distributing obscene material over the internet. They face a possible three to five year jail sentence. 22-year-old Shaquir Yunus Banthia and 21-year-old college student Wasim Sheikh were arrested earlier this month after sharing on Facebook and WhatsApp an altered image of Mohan…

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