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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

October 23, 2017
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Trivedi Calls Out Indian Government on Continued Exploitation of Sedition Law

Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested and charged with sedition in 2012 before the charges were ultimately dropped, has warned in a new interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the state of free expression in his country has worsened during the intervening years. Mumbai police banned Trivedi’s blog Cartoons Against Corruption in…

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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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‘Seditious’ Malaysian Artist Encourages Compatriots to Hold Government Accountable

May 1, 2017
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‘Seditious’ Malaysian Artist Encourages Compatriots to Hold Government Accountable

Fahmi Reza, the Malaysian graphic designer and activist who is currently facing sedition charges for depicting Prime Minister Najib Razak as a clown, took his message of resistance to Malaysian expatriates in Australia last week. Even as his case is pending before a court in Malaysia, he exhorted his fellow countrymen and women to “continue…

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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

November 28, 2016
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Zunar Faces New Sedition Charge After Mob Disrupts Cartoon Exhibit

It’s been an eventful weekend for Zunar, the Malaysian political cartoonist facing nine separate charges of sedition which could net him up to 43 years in prison. First, on Friday his new cartoon exhibit was stormed by an angry mob of government supporters displeased by his frequent criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Riot police…

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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

October 17, 2016
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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

The Malaysian government’s censorship campaign against political cartoonist Zunar entered a new phase today: when he attempted to catch a flight to Singapore for a public forum, he discovered that he’s been barred from leaving the country on direct orders from Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakr. Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition…

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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other former British colonies across the world, this…

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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

April 15, 2016
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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Court Rejects Challenge to Sedition Act

Malaysia’s High Court yesterday rejected cartoonist Zunar’s challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, clearing the way for his long-delayed trial on nine counts of sedition. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 43 years in prison. A lower court is expected to set a new date for his trial today. The sedition…

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New Malaysian Museum Dares to Exhibit Zunar Cartoons

March 15, 2016
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New Malaysian Museum Dares to Exhibit Zunar Cartoons

There’s some rare good news for Zunar this week: despite the nine charges of sedition currently hanging over his head, the Malaysian political cartoonist’s work is now on display in a dedicated section of the brand-new Asia Comic Cultural Museum in his home state of Penang. Even though he is the country’s best-known political cartoonist…

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Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

March 10, 2016
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Zunar Sedition Trial Delayed Yet Again to April 7

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has been delayed yet again to April 7, he reported via Twitter this week. After multiple delays while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending, the trial had been set to begin yesterday. If convicted on the nine counts of sedition for statements he made…

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