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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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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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Zunar Accused of “Economic Sabotage” Over Geneva Exhibit

May 18, 2016
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Cartoon by Zunar

In response to the cartoonist’s recent exhibition of his political cartoons in Geneva, a member of the Malaysian government is now accusing Zunar of committing “economic sabotage” and plotting to “topple the prime minister.” The exhibit Cartooning for Peace celebrates World Press Freedom Day and honors the two recent recipients of the 2016 International Editorial…

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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

May 6, 2016
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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

In recognition of their respective fights against censorship and repressive governments, political cartoonists Zunar and Gado have been jointly awarded the biennial International Editorial Cartoons Prize from the organization Cartooning for Peace. In conjunction with the prize, their work and that of many other cartoonists from around the world is on display in Geneva, Switzerland,…

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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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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

January 29, 2016
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On a Loop: Zunar’s Sedition Trial Delayed Once Again

The trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was set to begin yesterday, but has once again been delayed while a separate challenge to the country’s Sedition Act is pending. A new start date has been set for March 9. If convicted on the nine counts of sedition for statements he made on Twitter, Zunar could face…

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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

January 19, 2016
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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

Embattled Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and four U.S. colleagues will join in a roundtable discussion this Friday at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. The event kicks off a three-day conference called What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World, all of which is free and open to the public. Zunar…

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Sedition in 140 Characters or Less: Zunar on the Alarming State of Free Speech in Malaysia

January 5, 2016
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Zunar

“The Malaysian government has no sense of humor.” This is the polite way that cartoonist Zunar describes his home country’s current administration and their controversial and unjust treatment of free expression in a recent editorial piece he wrote for the Washington Post. The cartoonist is currently facing nine counts of sedition and a possible jail…

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