Malaysia: Cartoonist’s office raided and books seized by authorities

The office of cartoonist Zunar (real name: Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque) was raided on 28 January 2015 while he was on a speaking tour in London. More than 150 of his books were confiscated in a raid conducted under Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Sedition Act and the Penal Code. 

Before this, more than 500 copies of his books were also confiscated in two separate raids at his office by the authorities.

Barely a week after his office in Kuala Lumpur was raided and his books seized by authorities, cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque received an invitation to speak at a forum at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Zunar said he would be speaking on “Defending Artistic Expression – Time For The UN To Act” at the Palais des Nations, the UN headquarters.

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