Zunar: Malaysian cartoonist charged with sedition over drawings criticising government

A Malaysian cartoonist known for his satirical take on the nation’s coalition government has been charged with nine counts of sedition today, for posting tweets criticising the judiciary.

Cartoonist Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, faces up to 43 years in prison if he is found guilty of all nine charges, under a sedition law established in the nation’s colonial era, his lawyer said.

Latheefa Koya, Zunar’s lawyer, said following Zunar’s hearing at Duta Court in Kuala Lumpur: “This is a record, being charged nine times and using the sedition law. It is excessive and targeted at silencing vocal critics.”

Sedition as defined by Malaysian law includes promoting hatred against the government, and the charges are symptomatic of the government’s widening crackdown on opposition politicians and the media. Critics say the heavy-handed use of the law has stifled freedom of expression in Malaysia.

On 10 February, Zunar posted nine tweets criticising the Malaysian justice system, after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim began serving a 5-year prison sentence after losing his final appeal over a sodomy conviction.

Anwars’s arrest has been widely regarded as a politically motivated attempt to eliminate threats to the government, after his three-party political alliance made unprecedented gains in 2008 elections and further inroads in polls in 2013.

The government’s popularity has been waning since 2008, after more than five decades of unquestioned dominance, and Anwar’s alliance was seen as the most real political threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front coalition.

Zunar: Malaysian cartoonist charged with sedition over drawings criticising government
3 April 2015 – independent.co.uk


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