Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar has been charged in Kuala Lumpur with nine counts of sedition for tweets posted following a controversial court ruling. Zunar could be sentenced to 43 years in prison if convicted.
Zunar (Zulkifi Anwar Ulhaque) is known for cartoons lampooning the excesses and questionable practices of the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Over the years, his cartoon books have been periodically confiscated, bookstores banned from selling his work, and his webmaster ordered to provide a list of those buying his books online.
“They are really trying to shut me off from criticizing the government, so I think it’s clearly politically motivated,” Zunar said of the latest charges. [Full Story]