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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

May 16, 2018
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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

After nearly two years of being unable to leave Malaysia, political cartoonist Zunar has finally had his travel ban lifted — and all it took was electing a new government. On Monday, May 13th, Zunar posted pictures to his Twitter account showing not only his reinstated ability to travel, but also the Immigration Department’s new…

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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

February 23, 2018
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Fahmi Reza Fined, Sentenced to Prison

Malaysian graphic designer, artist, and activist Fahmi Reza has been sentenced to a month in jail and a RM30,000 (around $7,700) fine for uploading a sketch depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a clown. Reza was found guilty of spreading online content deemed “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy,…

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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

February 14, 2018
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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

Cartoonist Zunar has been granted leave for a judicial review of his challenge to the ban to his book Sapuman: Man of Steal. Zunar filed the legal action in early January. The next court date for the challenge is February 27. Despite concerns from the international community, as voiced by United Nations envoy Karima Bennoune,…

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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

January 5, 2018
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Zunar Challenges Malaysia’s Latest Ban on Cartoon Book

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was back in court this week, filing a legal challenge to the government’s ban on his latest book Sapuman: The Man of Steal. The ban was imposed last year after the cartoons critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak were “deemed prejudicial to public order,” but Zunar was not immediately informed of it.…

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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

December 8, 2017
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Zunar Condemns Malaysian Government’s Hypocrisy on Free Expression

Even as he faces up to 43 years in prison on sedition charges, political cartoonist Zunar is not holding back from calling out the Malaysian government’s hypocrisy and retaliatory blacklisting of performers who dare to speak up for regular citizens. Given that his exhibition of cartoons skewering Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling party…

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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

November 29, 2017
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Zunar Interrogated Over Cartoon as Judge Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, already fighting nine counts of sedition and a personal travel ban that prevents him from leaving the country, was called in for questioning by police today over a cartoon that he posted online in August. Meanwhile, a mid-level court also denied his request to have the constitutionality of his travel ban decided…

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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

November 17, 2017
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Zunar Asks Top Malaysian Court to Rule on Freedom to Travel

In a judicial hearing yesterday, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar requested that the country’s highest court consider his challenge to a punitive order that prevents him from traveling abroad. The personal travel ban was imposed last year by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar until such time as the nine charges of sedition against the cartoonist are…

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Another Delay for Zunar in Challenge to Personal Travel Ban

October 16, 2017
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Another Delay for Zunar in Challenge to Personal Travel Ban

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar will have to wait at least another month for his day in court to challenge the personal travel ban that has prevented him from leaving the country since last year. A judge deferred the hearing to November 16 because Zunar’s lead attorney was not available on the original date last Friday. Zunar…

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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

October 4, 2017
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Malaysia Bans Another Zunar Book, Ignoring UN Reprimand

Zunar, the Malaysian cartoonist charged with nine counts of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison, got some much-needed international support last month when a United Nations envoy for cultural rights expressed “deep concern” about the case. Just yesterday, however, the Malaysian government once again thumbed its nose at free expression…

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Zunar Cancels Cartoon Exhibition After Threats from Government Supporters

August 1, 2017
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Zunar Cancels Cartoon Exhibition After Threats from Government Supporters

Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist currently facing 10 sedition charges for criticizing the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, was forced to cancel a planned cartoon exhibition this week after thinly veiled threats from the ruling party’s youth wing. Last year a mob from the same group shut down a previous exhibition, but ironically the…

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