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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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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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Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

October 29, 2015
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Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

A searing new 143-page report from Human Rights Watch is shining a spotlight on the Malaysian government’s selective use of vague laws to suppress speech it doesn’t like — notably from cartoonist Zunar, who next week faces trial on nine counts of sedition that could net him up to 43 years in prison. HRW hopes…

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Zunar Arrested for Twitter Criticism of Malaysian Government

February 12, 2015
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Zunar Arrested for Twitter Criticism of Malaysian Government

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is currently imprisoned, awaiting questioning over a tweet he posted this week suggesting that the country’s judiciary is corrupted by political or financial influence. He issued the criticism just after the internationally condemned sodomy conviction of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was upheld in Federal Court. Anwar, a top leader in…

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