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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

April 14, 2016
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Egyptian Puppet Charged With “Violating Public Morality”

A wildly popular satirical puppet who appears on Egyptian television is being called into court on June 26, accused of “violating public morality” with her bawdy jokes. The case against Abla Fahita (Aunt Fajita) was brought by lawyer Samir Sabry, who is well-known for introducing frivolous lawsuits. Abla Fahita dispenses humorous political commentary on her…

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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

March 16, 2016
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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

In the abstract, most people in free societies would probably agree that no one should be fined or thrown in jail simply for possessing drawings of any sort. But when the drawings in question are certain varieties of manga, often the fear of being tarred with the child porn brush overcomes the will to defend…

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Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

March 10, 2016
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Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been delayed yet again to April 7, he reported via Twitter this week. After multiple delays while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending, the trial had been set to begin yesterday. If convicted on the nine counts of sedition for statements he made…

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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

January 29, 2016
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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

The trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to begin yesterday, but has once again been delayed while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending. A new start date has been set for March 9. If convicted on the nine counts of sedition for statements he made on Twitter, Zunar could face…

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Egyptian Novelist Acquitted of “Harming Public Morality”

January 8, 2016
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Egyptian Novelist Acquitted of “Harming Public Morality”

Last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji and Tarek el-Taher, a newspaper editor who printed an excerpt from Naji’s book Use of Life, were acquitted on charges of “harming public morality.” The charges had been brought on behalf of a reader who claimed the excerpt caused him to have heart palpitations, and if convicted both defendants…

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Sedition in 140 Characters or Less: Zunar on the Alarming State of Free Speech in Malaysia

January 5, 2016
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“The Malaysian government has no sense of humor.” This is the polite way that cartoonist Zunar describes his home country’s current administration and their controversial and unjust treatment of free expression in a recent editorial piece he wrote for the Washington Post. The cartoonist is currently facing nine counts of sedition and a possible jail…

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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

November 24, 2015
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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

With his future hinging on a legal challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act, cartoonist Zunar is currently in the United States to accept an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists tonight. Last week he and the other CPJ honorees also had the chance to speak before the human rights caucuses from both…

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Algeria’s Tahar Djehiche Sentenced to Prison for Cartoon

November 23, 2015
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Algeria’s Tahar Djehiche Sentenced to Prison for Cartoon

In yet another chilling development for cartoonists’ freedom of expression worldwide, an Algerian appeals court this week convicted cartoonist Tahar Djehiche of insulting the country’s president and inciting mob violence via cartoon. He has appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court, but if the conviction is upheld he will receive six months in prison and…

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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

November 13, 2015
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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

Malaysia’s highest court this week upheld a lower court’s lifting of a ban on two cartoon books by Zunar, Perak Darul Kartun and 1 Funny Malaysia. The five-judge panel of the Federal Court ruled that the Home Ministry had shown “insufficient evidence of public disorder” caused by the cartoons, and ordered the government to return…

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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

November 6, 2015
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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, which was set to begin today, has been delayed yet again as he and two other defendants launched another challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, a vestige of Malaysia’s colonial past. A court decision to be handed down on December 15 will determine whether the challenge can proceed.…

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