Posted: November 2015
'As the regime sharpens their iron fist, my pen gets sharper.' So wrote Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar, one of the 12 people Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign is seeking to support this year.
Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque — aka 'Zunar' — is facing a long prison sentence in Malaysia for cartoons he tweeted on 10 February this year. Zunar's cartoons lampooned the decision to jail opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.
Zunar is charged under the Sedition Act, a colonial-era law often used to clampdown on freedom of expression in the guise of protecting national security and deterring racial or religious unrest. He has been targeted numerous times for his political cartoons; he holds the record for the highest number of sedition charges in Malaysia!
Zunar was briefly detained in 2010 after the publication of his book Cartoon-O-Phobia. Five of his books have been banned for content allegedly 'detrimental to public order'.
To find out how to send him a card of support or appeal to the Malaysian Prime Minister, click here.
To see how effective last year's Amnesty campaign was, click here.
To see Amnesty International's FAQ's click here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
In partnership with others wherever possible, the Methodist Church will concentrate its prayers, resources, imagination and commitments on this priority:To proclaim and affirm its conviction of God's love in Christ, for us and for all the world; and renew confidence in God's presence and action in the world and in the ChurchAs ways towards realising this priority, the Methodist Church...
Over the next four Sundays the focus of our worship will be the 'Our Calling' Priorities of the Methodist Church. The aim is to build on the prayers of 'Thy Kingdom Come' and to lead us towards our Circuit Consultation (7.00pm on Wednesday 20th June at Stoke Mandeville), which will resource churches to develop a Growth Plan in line with Methodist Conference directives...
The global prayer initiative, 'Thy Kingdom Come' was celebrated on its closing day of Pentecost by an evening service shared by people from churches across the Vale of Aylesbury circuit. Roger Watson from Whitchurch, Peter Honeyball from Chinnor and Mel Brown from Aylesbury all gave their own examples of what prayer meant to them. Writing in our LINK magazine, Circuit Superintendent...