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My fight through cartoons: In conversation with Zunar, a political cartooni...
Thu 29 October 2015, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT
Zunar is a Malaysian political cartoonist who has been repeatedly targeted by authorities on account of his work. Five of his cartoon books have been banned by the Malaysian government for allegedly carrying content "detrimental to public order" and thousands confiscated in an effort to curtail freedom of expression.
On the eve of his trial, and facing a maximum penalty of 43 years imprisonment, Zunar is coming to the UK to launch a special exhibition of his work at the Cartoonists Museum.
Join us to hear a courageous artist speak about his cartoons and his inspirations, and human rights and freedom of expression in his home country Malaysia.
The evening will include film, a talk and Q&A from Zunar, and a chance to draw your own cartoon, with tips from Zunar himself - telling the Malaysian authorities to drop all charges against a man who might otherwise spend the rest of his life in jail.
6:00pm – Arrival
6:15pm – Documentary screening
6:45pm – Introductions
7:00pm – Zunar talk and Q&A
This event is being co-hosted by Amnesty International UK, Index on Censorship and SUARAM and also launches Amnesty International UK’s annual Write for Rights campaign, the biggest human rights event in the world where Amnesty supporters take action for individuals at risk of human rights abuses internationally.
Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation, with a global movement of over seven million people. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.
SUARAM International is a solidarity, advocacy and pressure group made up of Malaysian diaspora and volunteers. We work to promote greater awareness on Malaysian human rights issues, mobilise the Malaysian diaspora to take solidarity action and campaign for the promotion of greater civil liberties in Malaysia.
Index on Censorship is an international organisation that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. Today, we fight for free speech around the world, challenging censorship whenever and wherever it occurs.