Malaysian government seizes cartoon magazine

Rob Tornoe spotted this story regarding the Malaysian government seizing the premiere issue of “Gedung Kartun” (translated: Cartoon Store) :

Officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs seized over 400 copies of the inaugural issues of “Gedung Kartun” (Cartoon Store) from the publisher’s office in Kuala Lumpur. Zainal Abidin Othman, the home ministry’s chief enforcement officer in central Selangor state, told The Straits Times that the magazine was confiscated because it has not yet received an official permit under Malaysia’s strict media licensing scheme.

However, editor/cartoonist Zunar claimed that the seizure was politically motivated due to a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak on the front cover.

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