Posts Tagged ‘ zunar ’

Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

January 1, 2016
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Attacks on Expression on the Rise Throughout the World in 2015

2015 wasn’t just a benchmark year for censorship in the United States, where we fought more challenges to graphic novels and books than we’ve ever seen. International censorship was on the rise, culminating in literal attacks on cartoonists around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the international stories CBLDF covered in 2015……

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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

November 24, 2015
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Zunar in U.S. to Receive CPJ International Press Freedom Award

With his future hinging on a legal challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act, cartoonist Zunar is currently in the United States to accept an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists tonight. Last week he and the other CPJ honorees also had the chance to speak before the human rights caucuses from both…

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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

November 13, 2015
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Top Malaysian Court Finds No Justification for Ban on Zunar Books

Malaysia’s highest court this week upheld a lower court’s lifting of a ban on two cartoon books by Zunar, Perak Darul Kartun and 1 Funny Malaysia. The five-judge panel of the Federal Court ruled that the Home Ministry had shown “insufficient evidence of public disorder” caused by the cartoons, and ordered the government to return…

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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

November 6, 2015
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Zunar Launches Legal Challenge to Malaysia’s Sedition Act

The sedition trial of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, which was set to begin today, has been delayed yet again as he and two other defendants launched another challenge to the country’s Sedition Act, a vestige of Malaysia’s colonial past. A court decision to be handed down on December 15 will determine whether the challenge can proceed.…

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Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

October 29, 2015
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Human Rights Watch Report Skewers Malaysia’s “Culture of Fear”

A searing new 143-page report from Human Rights Watch is shining a spotlight on the Malaysian government’s selective use of vague laws to suppress speech it doesn’t like — notably from cartoonist Zunar, who next week faces trial on nine counts of sedition that could net him up to 43 years in prison. HRW hopes…

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Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

October 23, 2015
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Zunar to Tour Europe Ahead of Sedition Trial

In the final weeks before his trial on nine counts of sedition is set to begin in Malaysia, cartoonist Zunar will embark on a whirlwind European tour with several speaking engagements from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Although the events center on London, he will also make short forays to Cambridge and Zurich. Even after…

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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Malaysian Court Rules on Sedition Act

October 7, 2015
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Zunar Trial to Proceed After Malaysian Court Rules on Sedition Act

After months of delay, it looks like Malaysian cartoonist Zunar will finally get his day in court next month as he faces nine sedition charges which could bring up to 43 years in prison. That’s not particularly good news, however; the reason his trial will now proceed is that Malaysia’s highest court this week ruled…

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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed for Third Time

September 18, 2015
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Zunar’s Sedition Trial Postponed for Third Time

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, currently awaiting trial on nine counts of sedition, will have to wait a little longer. Last week his trial was postponed for the third time and is now set to begin on November 6. Meanwhile, he’s getting some more well-earned recognition, this time in the form of an International Press Freedom…

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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

September 11, 2015
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Fellow Cartoonists Honor Atena Farghadani at CRNI Courage Award Ceremony

When political cartoonists from around the country and the world gathered in Columbus, Ohio last week for the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, many of them were thinking of a colleague who couldn’t attend. At a ceremony Saturday evening, Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani was honored with the CRNI Courage…

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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

August 18, 2015
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Zunar Receives Grant Support from Human Rights Watch

As the Malaysian government continues to do everything in its power to prevent Zunar from selling his work openly, Human Rights Watch announced today that it will provide the cartoonist emergency aid in the form of a Hellman/Hammett grant, awarded annually to writers who have been victims of political persecution. Only five out of Zunar’s…

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