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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

August 18, 2015
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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

As the Malaysian government continues to do everything in its power to prevent Zunar from selling his work openly, Human Rights Watch announced today that it will provide the cartoonist emergency aid in the form of a Hellman/Hammett grant, awarded annually to writers who have been victims of political persecution. Only five out of Zunar’s…

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Again

July 8, 2015
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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Again

For the second time, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition has been postponed pending a decision in another case which challenges Malaysia’s entire Sedition Act. Zunar’s trial, which could land him in prison for up to 43 years, is now set to begin on September 9. The sedition charges stem fromstatements that…

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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

June 2, 2015
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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, who was charged with “insulting members of parliament through paintings” for a caricature she drew lampooning debate on a bill that would outlaw some forms of contraception, has reportedly been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison. Details out of Iran are still sketchy and few international…

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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

May 21, 2015
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Iranian Cartoonist Faces Prison, Floggings for Mocking Birth Control Bill

A 29-year-old Iranian artist and women’s rights activist is facing up to two years in prison, plus corporal punishment, for a cartoon she drew last year criticizing a bill that would outlaw some forms of birth control. Atena Farghadani’s trial finished in just one day this week, but the judge said he may take “anywhere…

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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

May 13, 2015
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Malaysian Court Allows Government to Appeal Lifting of Zunar Ban

Just over a week before Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition is slated to begin, a Malaysian court yesterday allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to move forward with a separate effort to ban two of his cartoon books which have been unbanned only since October 2014. Last year’s decision by a three-judge Court…

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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

April 8, 2015
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Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

The latest round of the Malaysian government’s harassment against political cartoonist Zunar came to a head last week when he was charged with nine counts of sedition, which could carry a total sentence of up to 43 years in prison. His trial is set to begin on May 20, and the advocacy group Cartoonists Rights…

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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

October 16, 2014
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Malaysian Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Two Zunar Books

A Malaysian appeals court last week lifted a ban on two books by political cartoonist Zunar, who has been arrested and had his work seized by the government multiple times over the years. Although the unanimous ruling by three appeals court judges is undeniably a good sign for freedom of expression in Malaysia, it does…

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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

June 27, 2014
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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

As you may have heard, this week the Supreme Court unanimously decided that police must obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of someone they arrest. What does this mean for comics fans and professionals? We’re glad you asked! First, a little background on the ruling. In two cases – Riley v. California and United States…

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NY District Court Upholds Government’s Right to Search Laptops at the Border

January 9, 2014
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NY District Court Upholds Government’s Right to Search Laptops at the Border

In 2010, a graduate student named Pascal Abidor was traveling from Canada to New York when he was removed from his train and detained by American border agents. In addition to being handcuffed and questioned, his laptop was also seized. Abidor brought suit on the grounds that the seizure of his laptop was an unreasonable…

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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

December 12, 2013
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“Boobies” Case May Clarify Student Speech Rights

Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case that has the potential to greatly clarify the free speech rights of students in public schools. While that is of course a very important issue not to be taken lightly, the actual area of contention in this particular…

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