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October 9, 2014

Court Orders Ban Of Zunar’s Two Books Lifted

There are a number of wire stories up about a Malaysian court lifting a ban against two Zunar book and ordering the return of any seized copies to the cartoonist. Here's one such story.

The decision came down in Putrajaya, which is the administrative center of that country -- it's just south of Kuala Lampur. The three-man bench of Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, Datuk Varghese Goerge Varughese and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat returned a unanimous decision. The written judgment contained harsh words for the home minister's actions in 2010 including seizure of the work, saving particular derision for the idea that they were a threat to the public order. The decision also apparently contained a halfway decent primer on the role of an editorial cartoonist and why it's important that they be given a platform from which to speak their mind, even if the result through softer eyes might be seen as antagonistic or rude.

This seems an extremely positive outcome, and must be even more so concerning it's been such a long legal journey for Zunar since the 2010 incident. His insistence on seeing things through is wholly commendable, and I'm happy for this result.
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