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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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Nominations Open for Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award

August 25, 2017
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Nominations Open for Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award

Cartoonists’ Rights International has opened nominations for their Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award. You can nominate “a cartoonist or group of cartoonists who have displayed courage in the face of threats to their life or liberty.” The nomination deadline is September 15. The award is given to cartoonists who have faced physical harm, imprisonment, and…

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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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Zunar Pessimistic About Chances for Overturning Travel Ban

July 5, 2017
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Zunar Pessimistic About Chances for Overturning Travel Ban

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is pessimistic about the chance of overturning his travel ban after a recent Court of Appeal decision. “Malaysian Court of Appeal today ruled that the right of Malaysian citizens to travel overseas is at the absolute discretion of the government.” Zunar wrote in a post on his blog. “In delivering decision on…

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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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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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

April 13, 2017
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Malaysian Court Awards Zunar Damages for Books Lost in Raid

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar won a long-awaited victory this week when a High Court judge agreed he was entitled to compensation for books and original art seized by police in 2010. Although the judge awarded him 18,000 Ringgit (about $4,000) for lost income, Zunar said he was even more gratified by the court’s acknowledgement that…

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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

December 19, 2016
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Zunar Arrested Again at Fundraising Event

For the second time in less than a month, Malaysian police arrested political cartoonist Zunar. Last month it was at an exhibition of his cartoons in Penang; this time it was a “Tea with Zunar” fundraiser, book signing, and live sketch session in Kuala Lumpur. Zunar has now been released on bail after eight hours…

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