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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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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

March 26, 2015
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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

The nation of Myanmar has only had an independent press for three years, since the longtime military junta began transitioning to a civilian government. In that short time, though, a new generation of cartoonists has arisen to document and respond to the bumps and triumphs on the road to democracy. While they’re still on the…

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Two Killed in Copenhagen Attacks on Free Speech Panel and Synagogue

February 16, 2015
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Two Killed in Copenhagen Attacks on Free Speech Panel and Synagogue

A gunman opened fire on a Copenhagen cafe that was hosting a discussion on art, free speech, and blasphemy on Saturday, killing one attendee and injuring three police officers. The apparent target of the attack, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, was uninjured. The same gunman later killed a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue before being…

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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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Palestinian Cartoonist Questioned About Possible Mohammed Cartoon

February 10, 2015
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Palestinian Cartoonist Questioned About Possible Mohammed Cartoon

Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh is under investigation for drawing a cartoon that was widely interpreted as depicting the Prophet Mohammed, although the artist himself insists the figure was only a symbolic representation of the Muslim faith. Only a short time after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas marched in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo in Paris, he…

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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

January 29, 2015
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Malaysian Police Again Raid Zunar’s Office, Seize Books

Malaysian police carried out another raid of cartoonist Zunar’s office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, seizing about 150 books despite having obtained no warrant for the search. Zunar himself is currently abroad in London, but has once again been summoned to a police station for questioning on sedition charges upon his return to Malaysia. The raid…

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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

January 23, 2015
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Cartoonists Often Forced into Exile

Another stark reminder of the dangers faced by political cartoonists around the world, particularly in the Middle East, was brought up in a recent article by the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian. Cartoonists who refuse to self-censor are often forced to choose between fleeing the country or living in constant fear of physical or legal repercussions…

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Zunar Calls for World Cartoonists Day on Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 9, 2015
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Zunar Calls for World Cartoonists Day on Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attack

In the wake of this week’s attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people including five cartoonists, their Malaysian colleague Zunar is calling for a “World Cartoonists Day” to be observed annually on January 7th. Zunar, who is Muslim himself and has faced constant censorship and harassment from the Malaysian government,…

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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 9, 2015
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World Mourns Victims of Charlie Hebdo Attack

Shortly after the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, tributes and musings on free expression flooded the press and Internet. We’ve gathered some of the best and most interesting posts. Although initial reports on Wednesday said that four cartoonists were among the 12 dead, we learned…

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A Moment of Speech: Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Cartoons

January 8, 2015
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A Moment of Speech: Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Cartoons

Yesterday’s massacre of twelve people, including five cartoonists, at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have rightfully sparked international condemnation.  An outpouring of speech that includes statements from world leaders, vigils in cities across the globe, the #jesuischarlie hashtag, editorial cartoons, and a range of articles discussing the meritorious or problematic content Charlie…

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