Zunar’s travel ban draws worldwide solidarity from International cartoonist organisations, NGOs
Below are the statements from the Cartoonist Rights Network International, The Cartooning For Peace Foundation, The Cartoon Movement, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Article 19 and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Amnesty International and Wikipedia Foundation.
1. Amnesty International
Amnesty International views this travel ban on Zunar as the latest attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence government critics. Since he was charged last year, Zunar has remained an outspoken critic of the Malaysian government, both at home and overseas, and has continued to use his cartoons to highlight/draw attention to allegations of corruption and the abuse of power in the country.
2. Wikipedia founder urges Malaysia to cease Zunar harassment
“JWF calls the Malaysian authorities to remove the travel ban from Zunar immediately and drop all charges against him,”
3. Cartoonist Rights Network International, Washington
“The authorities must lift this illegal infringement upon Zunar’s rights.” – CRNI Executive Director Dr Robert Russell
4. The Cartooning For Peace Foundation Geneva, (Switzerland)
We join International and Human Rights NGOs and call upon the Malaysian authorities to lift the travel ban on Zunar with immediate effect and to respect the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed by Malaysia. Let us pay tribute to Zunar and other editorial cartoonists for their courage to work and draw under very difficult circumstances in many regions of the world.
Marie Heuzé and Patrick Chappatte, Vice-Presidents of the Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace
5. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJM), in condemning the travel ban of a notable political cartoonist in Malaysia. The IFJ demands that the ban be immediately lifted.
6. Article 19
Article 19 urges the Malaysia government to lift the travel ban imposed on famous Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, as discovered by the cartoonist when trying to leave Malaysia on 17 October 2016.
7. Committee to Protect Journalists
“Malaysia’s persistent harassment of cartoonist Zunar has made him a symbol of the worsening state of press freedom in the country,” said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative. “We call for an immediate and unconditional lift of the ban imposed on his international travel and for all charges against him to be dropped.”
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