Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Media Legal Defence Initiative and PEN International have written to Prime Minister Najib Razak calling for the charges against cartoonist Zunar to be dropped.
Hasmy Agam menggesa kerajaan untuk mendukung komitmennya terhadap kebebasan-kebebasan ini bagi memastikan penghayatan terhadap hak untuk kebebasan bersuara dan perhimpunan aman. (English version below)
Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, was charged in court on 3 April with nine counts of sedition for critical tweets he wrote in February about a politically sensitive court decision, according to news reports.
Aliran protests the latest arrests of several elected MPs, state assembly members, other Opposition politicians and civil society activists and the sedition investigations into critics of the administration.
It is time for Malaysians to demand a more inclusive federal-state-local relationship in policy making and implementation that cuts across political lines and supports effective delivery of public services, writes Wandering Malaysian.