Posts Tagged ‘ political cartoonist ’

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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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

December 4, 2017
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Lawyers Ask UN to Help Cartoonist Detained in Equatorial Guinea

It has now been almost three months since graphic novelist and political cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested without charge in his native country of Equatorial Guinea. Now a U.K.-based law firm specializing in human rights issues has teamed up with Cartoonists Rights Network International and the Equatoguinean advocacy group EG Justice to petition the…

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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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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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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

July 31, 2017
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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

Following a judge’s order, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart is out of prison after nine months along with six colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper. Four more are still detained, however, and all of the defendants still face charges that could result in prison sentences. Cumhuriyet is the only major independent newspaper remaining in Turkey, and the case…

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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

July 28, 2017
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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

The trial of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, which began on Monday nine months after their initial arrests, is still ongoing as of Friday morning. In a hearing statement earlier this week, Kart pushed back forcefully against the spurious charges of aiding a terrorist organization, proclaiming that “this indictment…

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Trial Finally Begins for Musa Kart and Cumhuriyet Colleagues

July 24, 2017
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Trial Finally Begins for Musa Kart and Cumhuriyet Colleagues

After nine months of pre-trial detention, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper finally appeared in an Istanbul court today for hearings expected to last all week. The case is seen as virtually the last stand for free press in Turkey, and demonstrators massed outside the courthouse with balloons and posters in…

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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

June 1, 2017
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Zunar Hopes to Outsmart Police with Next Book Launch

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, plagued by repeated police raids and seizures of his work, has struck upon an innovative solution to censorship: at the launch of his newest book Twit-Twit, Cin Cin this week, buyers will receive only a photocopy of the cover. The full book will follow later by mail, but in the meantime…

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