KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3, 2015:In the midst of his legal battles following the confiscation of his comics recently and being investigated for sedition late last year, controversial cartoonist Zunar announced that he has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN).
Zunar or Zulkiflee Anwar Haque said on the Zunar Kartunis Fan Club Facebook page that he was invited as one of the panellists for a UN forum on March 6. “In my speech, I will reaffirm my stand that freedom of expression for artistes including cartoonists is paramount and cannot be compromised,” he said, adding that he would also talk on the lack of UN commitment to protect artistes.
This he claimed had “given more power to corrupt regimes and extremist bigots to be more repressive toward artists”. The forum is titled “Defending Artistic Expression — Time for the UN to act” and would be held in Geneva. Zunar, whose comic drawings are mostly of a controversial political nature, had 44 copies of his comic books seized last November. In late January this year, the police also seized 149 of his books after raiding his office. “The raid in my office is under Section 2 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act, Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act, and Section 500 of the Penal Code. Books of three titles seized,” Zunar had tweeted after the raid. In 2010, Zunar was detained for two days under the Sedition Act.