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February 26, 2006

Dissident Artist Naushad Waheed Freed

imageThrough various human rights organizatons comes word that the artist and cartoonist Naushad Waheed was recently freed in the Maldives. Waheed had been convicted in a 2001 trial to 15 years in prison for taking part in political debates. He had been brought to the attention of authorities in 1999 when he published a cartoon in the magazine Hukurum critical of the government and was detained for four months as a result, briefly becoming an international press cause celebre. I lack the experience and perspective to make much of the political elements in Waheed's sentence and subsequent release, but I do find it interesting he seemed to be making art while in prison, including, I believe, the picture at right of slain prisoner Evaan Naseem.
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