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Index calls on Malaysia to immediately drop all charges against Zunar and respect free expression
Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, aka Zunar, currently faces a record number of nine simultaneous charges under Malaysia’s controversial sedition act in a trial that is scheduled to begin on July 7.
Index on Censorship joins Article 19, English PEN, Media Legal Defence Initiative and PEN International in writing to the Malaysian prime minister calling for the charges against cartoonist, Zunar, to be dropped.
Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, aka Zunar, is facing nine charges and 43 years in prison under Malaysia's sedition act, with the trial set to start on 20 May
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Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque "Zunar" was charged with nine counts of sedition for tweets posted following a controversial court ruling.
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