KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16, 2015:

Well-known cartoonist Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, is among one of the four recipients of the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards.

He is the first ever cartoonist to receive an award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Zunar is currently facing sedition charges for posting cartoons on social media network, Twitter depicting alleged government abuses including the controversial and high-profile trial of Opposition party PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Five years ago, Zunar was detained by the police following the publication of his works in a book titled Cartoon-o-phobia.

In February this year, the police raided his office and confiscated his works.

Apart from Zunar, other recipients of CPJ are Paraguayian journalist Cándido Figueredo Ruíz, who is notable for his reports on drug smuggling between Paraguay and the Brazil border, citizen journalist Syrian Raqqa and zone nine bloggers from Ethiopia.

CPJ is a non-profit organisation that promotes Press freedom around the world with its headquarters in New York.

The winners are expected to attend a dinner hosted by CPJ on Nov 24 in New York to receive the awards.

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