Friday, 24 September 2010

Cartoonist Arrested in Cartoonophobic Malaysia!

Cartoon-0-Phobia, front cover

Zunar holding his book of cartoons,
he was reported as saying that police seized 70 copies of his latest book,
called 'Cartoon-O-Phobia',
at his home and are holding him
ahead of its scheduled launch on Friday evening.

"The raid at his office and his arrest only go to prove that the authorities are cartoon-phobic,' said Steven Gan, chief editor of online news portal Malaysiakini, the publisher of 'Cartoon-O-Phobia' and some of Mr Zunar's earlier books.

'This is an attack on freedom of expression, it again shows that the authorities have no sense of humour.' Mr Gan said the 80-page book had a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak's wife on the front cover and contained cartoons that touched on numerous controversial issues." -- AFP

Read the news in Singapore Straits Times HERE You can see some of the cartoons by clicking HERE

You can watch all the malaysiakini videos by clicking HERE

Later news in the MCA (BN component political party) controlled Star newspaper reports that Zunar held under the Sedition Act, click HERE & also on 25th September HERE

Malaysiakini reports at about on 24th September 22:00 that:

"Police this evening arrested Malaysiakini cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque - better known as Zunar - under Section 28 ?sic of the Printing Presses and Publications Act.


Book launch a hit despite author's arrest

click HERE for news & look for video under malaysiakini TV / video


Watch the video (HERE) showing how the police shunted Zunar around to several district police headquarters, starting off at Brickfields (sponsored by insurance company MAA, look at the sign!) before finally detaining him overnight at the KL International Airport Lock-up!

He is expected to be in court before a magistrate on Saturday 25th September 2010.

It sure is 1 Pathetically Funny Malaysia!!!!

3rd UPDATE: 25.09.2010

It has been reported that the police have managed to obtain a one day remand order from Sepang Magistrates' Court today (25.09.2010) to enable them to continue to hold political cartoonist Zunar in police custody for further questioning.

4th UPDATE: 25.09.2010

News reports state that:
Zunar, who was arrested on Friday under the Sedition Act, has been released on police bail from Sepang police station a few hours after police had obtained a one day remand order. Sepang police chief Supt. Zahedi Ayub confirmed the 18:30 release.

Meanwhile, Zunir has vowed to carry on with his work as a cartoonist and was reported as saying he will sue the police over his detention.

Divide et impera

Divide and rule

Ab actu ad posse valet illatio

From what has happened we may infer what will happen

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