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January 27, 2015

Zunar Sends Along Photos Of Police Raiding His Office, Confiscating His Books

The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar had four images sent along via an e-mail today: two of his office where police have newly visited looking to confiscate books, and two of the cover images of the books in question. Zunar is currently in London so missed the visit.

His message:
"Malaysian police raided my office this morning (Jan 28, 2005) under Section 2 of the Printing Press and Publications Act (PPPA), Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act, and Section 500 of the Penal Code. But I am currently in London. 155 books were confiscated in the raid -- Pirate of The Carry BN and Conspiracy to Imprison Anwar."
Zunar has been the target of renewed harassment by authorities in his native country since last Fall, starting just a couple of weeks after he won a major court decision about harassment and confiscation issues that were directed at him in 2010. As such -- and also for the broad array of entry points they seem to be using -- this series of events reads as more troubling to me as the first round.

The cartoonist is respected as a fearless political and social commentator, although I have yet to see a single cartoon from him that would cross the line at even the most conservative, old-timey North American newspaper editorial page. We wish him the continued best in the months ahead and he'll have our direct support if there's a tangible way to offer it during whatever comes next.

Two photos, two cover images:

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